I celebrated my own first Passover meal years ago, in 2008. A couple years prior to that, a thought had popped into my head, "Where does the word Easter come from? Isn't Jesus supposed to be our Passover Lamb or something?"
To say I was surprised by the answer is an understatement. It was positively life changing. I am not going to elaborate on that now... you can Google it if you want to.
The question led me to discover God's appointed times and how they all point to Yeshua, our Messiah. It also gave me a deep, deep love for the Word of God. I had been a committed follower of Jesus since 1994, but I confess that it took awhile to fall in love with His Word.
That first attempt of mine at hosting a Passover Seder was just that, an attempt. But I kept at it, learning new things every year and sharing what I was learning with small groups of people who wanted to know more.
Twelve Seders later, I continue to uncover jewels from God's Word. I marvel at the depth! I love that He continues to reveal new insights.
This year, during the weeks leading up to Passover, I had been learning more about temple sacrifices. I knew there was a morning and evening sacrifice during temple times, but I didn't know that they were called the Tamim - the burnt offerings.
The burnt offering was completely offered up. The priests did not get to eat of this sacrifice; it was consumed entirely on the altar. The morning sacrifice took place at 9:00 am and was placed on the altar to burn all day. The evening sacrifice took place at 3:00 pm, and was placed on the altar to burn all night long.
In other words, the burnt offering was a perpetual and total sacrifice.
All those other sacrifices that are detailed in Leviticus - the peace offering, the thank offering, the sin offering, and so on were offered daily by worshippers between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The priests would receive their share, and the remains would be placed on top of the morning sacrifice.
I had known that the Passover lamb was offered at 3:00 pm, but I didn't know the timing of all the other sacrifices.
Yeshua was nailed to the tree at 9:00 am, and He took His last breath at 3:00 pm. Not only was He the fulfillment of the Passover lamb, but He fulfilled every other sacrifice as well!
The busiest time at the temple during Passover was 3:00 pm, when the evening Tamim would be offered, immediately followed by the Passover lamb.
I try to imagine the scene the moment Yeshua took His last breath. Scripture records darkness, earthquakes, and the tearing of the temple veil at the moment of Messiah's death - right in the midst of the evening sacrifice and the Passover sacrifice.
The Roman centurion, observing all that was happening, was the first to call it: "Truly this was the Son of God."
Can you see the prophetic picture of YHWH tearing His own garment in deep agony at the moment of Yeshua’s death?
Another insight the Lord gave me this year happened as I was preparing the lamb for the Seder - braised lamb shanks.
The hand of God is moving and something big is about to happen. Are you paying attention?