Our God is an on time God. His plans unfold as he established from the beginning. God reminds people he intervened with the world by establishing his holy days to commemorate some of those events. These holy days not only celebrate a single event, but God planned for other related events to coincide with the days he had already established. We can see this with Jesus being our sacrificial Passover lamb. Slain, so his blood would cover us from death and bring us eternal life. It takes hard physical work to cleanse your household of leaven. A good physical reminder to drive home the lesson that it takes hard, intangible, mental work, to cleanse your life of sin. The parallels are there for those who take the time to look for them. Constantine needed new festival days to replace God’s holy days in the three hundreds. No longer persecuted by the Jews today, what lessons could we learn from practicing God’s holy days? What other holy day lessons are we missing out on?
Exodus 12:17-19…21-24…26-27…40-42 King James Version
17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.