Update: to read what I concluded with concerning this post, read Exodus and the Laws of the Old Testament.
Today I was reading in Exodus around the time Moses was confronting Pharaoh about letting the Israelites go so they could serve the Lord. Upon getting to the Passover, I came to wonder if we’re following the Passover (or the Lord’s supper as it changed in the New Testament) within the same time that the Lord said we are to remember such a memorial. Are we still having this memorial on the right date? Has our calendar over the many years changed? I’ll have to do some research myself and any contribution to this would be helpful, but these very legitimate questions for me. Some might say that it’s not that big of a deal, and no I don’t think it should be someone’s primary focus, but I do feel it warrants some investigation. God commanded us to do this, not by how any church decides to do it on their calendar, but by the times He has given us to do so.
Exodus 12:1,2 – And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Okay, so we know that during that time, the Lord said the month they were in would be the beginning of months, the first month of the year.
Exodus 12:4-6 – And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
So they were to take a one-year-old lamb or goat on the 10th day of the month. On the 14th day, they were to kill it in the evening.
Then we know that they took the blood over the door posts and they ate the lamb (or goat) that night with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (v. 8,9 –And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.)
After that anything left over was to be burned, removed and not saved for later.
v. 10 – And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
Then in verse 14 we get to where the Lord says we shall keep this feast (yes, feast, not the tiny morsels of broken crackers we get during church services).
v. 14 – And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
Then in verses 15-20 you get into where it tells us to eat unleavened bread for a week and are to have no unleavened bread in our homes. This is a part of which I’ll need to go back to the New Testament to research what is said of the Passover.
In the meantime, I have found this website: Passover in the New Testament.
Sorry, I’m still reading the site I listed above on the arguments on if we keep the Passover or not. One notable thing they wrote was,
Last Supper in the Synoptic Gospels. The question of whether or not the Last Supper was a Passover meal has implications for the continuity of Passover as a Christian festival. If the Last Supper was simply a farewell fellowship meal during which Jesus instituted the Holy Communion, then the latter is not linked to the Passover festival, but is a brand-new rite instituted by Christ to commemorate His death. In this case, Passover came to an end when Jesus died on the cross as the true Paschal Lamb, and the Lord’s Supper must be seen as a new institution totally unrelated to Passover.
On the other hand, if the Lord’s Supper was instituted in the context of a Passover Supper, anticipated a day early on account of Christ’s death at Passover, then the Lord’s Supper is inextricably connected to the Passover festival. In this case, Passover continues as a Christian festival with a new ritual and meaning. In the light of this dilemma, it is important to determine the connection between the Last Supper and Passover.
I would say that it’s clear that we are told to continue to celebrate the Passover, but it does have a completely different meaning for us now.
The synoptic Gospels consistently and repeatedly speak of the Last Supper as “the Passover.” The disciples ask Jesus, “Where will you have us to go and prepare for you to eat the passover?” (Mark 14:12; cf. Matt 26:17; Luke 22:7-9). In Luke 22:15, Jesus Himself declares: “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.” The phrase “to eat the passover,” which occurs again in Jesus’ instructions to His disciples (Mark 14:15; Matt 26:18; Luke 22:11), refers exclusively to the Passover meal, which was the essence of the celebration of the festival. The eating of the Passover meal was a sign of unity with God and dependence on divine care. It served to establish a bond of unity between God and His people.
I’ll have to continue investigating and researching this for myself, though that website does bring up a lot of good points. And even though they are excellent points, I still want to ask the Lord His thoughts on the matter and be sure for myself. These days, I try to never take the words of man (or their interpretations) over going directly to the source; our Father that is willing to communicate and clarify these things for us. And again, the we are told to test everything.
I was mostly writing this out of interest as it was along the lines of what I was reading today. I hope that none of you take this as me trying to say we’re all doing it wrong, I just want to be well-informed.