The Power of Pesach
The springtime Feasts of the Lord are upon us once again. This is a sacred season of introspection as the redeemed of the Lord strive for a more intimate relationship with the Father and His precious Son, Yeshua, who became our perfect Pesach (Passover) sacrifice. In order to better understand the significance and awesome power of Pesach, we will look to the distant past, first at the natural and then the spiritual (1 Cor 15:46).
In bygone eras a mighty king would journey throughout his kingdom to secure the loyalty of his subjects, crossing over the thresholds of the homes of individuals with whom he had previously covenanted. Allegiance to the throne was indicated by a bloody threshold, the welcome map of antiquity. The royal monarch, however, did not enter the homes of disloyal subjects, dissidents who refused to display the blood of the covenant. Instead, the military entered the residences and killed the traitors.
God instructed His people to dip hyssop, a plant believed to have healing and cleansing properties, in the blood of the sacrifice that had been offered at the threshold (basin = @s;: saf) of their dwellings (Ex 12:22). The blood was then applied to the doorpost (hz”Wzm.: mezuzah) and lintels as an outward sign of the inward covenant.
“For the Lord will pass through [rb;[:’ `abar= pass over]to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over [xs;P:’ Pesach] the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your house to smite you.” Ex 12:23
The historical traditions regarding ancient covenants indicate that Yahweh did not pass over the houses of Israel on that eventful night long ago. Instead, the presence of God crossed over the threshold and entered the dwelling place through the blood-splattered door! The term Pesach means to pass over, leap over, skip over, or limp over. The act was performed putting the right foot first, being careful not to step on the spilled blood of the innocent animal that had been slain at the threshold, the universal place of covenant-making since the dawn of history.
Like the kings of old, the blood-splattered door was Yahweh’s invitation to enter. The omission of sacrificial blood during the first Pesach was the death angel’s signal to slay the firstborn son of the household. With the crossing, however, Yahweh became the threshold deity of those within, promising to protect and preserve His covenant partners. The power of Pesach is released through surrender! With this historical background in mind, I hope the beautiful words of the following passage are more meaningful to you than ever. Chag Sameach = Happy Feast!
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him [covenant meal], and he with me. Rev 3:20