We read about the institution of Pesach in Exodus chapter 12. There we read that on the 10th day of the first month (Nissan) that each household was to take a one year old lamb, without blemish, into the house to care for. Should the household be very small, one and his neighbor may join together to share. The lamb was to be kept and cared for until the 14th day of Nissan, and then he was to be killed. It is important to note that on that same day, at the same time of day, Yeshua died on the cross for our sins.
The Israelites were then to take the blood of the slain lamb and place it upon the lintel and doorposts of their home, so that the firstborn of that home would not be slain. In that same way, the eternal punishment for our sins, those of us who have accepted Yeshua as our Messiah, our sins have been covered by the blood of Yeshua.
As we know, the Israelites had to leave Egypt in haste and did not have time for their dough to rise. In commemoration of this, during Passover we do not eat bread, but matza.
We are in the time of Pesach preparation. All those who observe the holiday are in the midst of Pesach cleaning. This can be very involved. In the neighborhood where we used to live, you would actually see people dragging their stoves outside to thoroughly clean them inside and out. Cupboards and closets are emptied and cleansed to make sure there is no Chametz (leaven) present. This can be food in the kitchen or crumbs in the sofa cushions.
During this time I also set up a special table and begin filling it with Passover foods. During the holiday, the supermarkets will run out of cookies, cakes, etc., which are kosher for Pesach, so I buy all I need early.
For the duration of the holiday, special dishes and pots and pans are used. During the rest of the year, these are usually stored in an out of the way place and then brought out just for the holiday.
I hope you have all begun your Pesach cleaning! Stay tuned for part two….