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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Greenberg

Passover is for the Children – Not Us

Pesach (Passover) is the annual commemoration of when the Children of Israel were redeemed from Egypt and the day that Yeshua was crucified.

It takes place on the 14th day of the month of Aviv (Nissan) on the Biblical calendar, which falls within the months of March or April on the Gregorian calendar.

The celebration or observance of Passover was designed to be a family celebration.

But more than a family celebration, Passover was purposefully designed by G-D for children. Not just the Children of Israel as in the Jewish Nation, but the Children, of the Children of Israel, as in, the little ones, actual children. We find direct instructions or commandments from G-D to the people of Israel that Passover would be a time for explaining or teaching children about G-D’s delivering power.

Exodus 12:25-26: “When you come into the land which ADONAI will give you as He has promised, you are to keep this ceremony. Now when it happens that your children ask you, ‘what does this ceremony mean to you?’…”

Exodus 13:14: “So when your son asks you in times to come, ‘What is this?’ say to him, ‘By a strong hand ADONAI brought us out from Egypt, the house of bondage…'”

Deuteronomy 6:20: “When your son asks you in time to come, saying ‘What are the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances that ADONAI our God commanded you?'”

Of all of the Moedim (Appointed Times) Passover is unique in that it is focused as a time of L’dor V’dor sharing from generation to generation.

Passover is designed to be family first and also congregational. Too often we as followers of Messiah make our celebratory plans based upon the adult members of our communities and for most of the Moedim that is perfectly fine. But Pesach, the Passover, the memorial of deliverance both from Egypt and from sin through Yeshua’s death, burial and resurrection, was designed by G-D to be a special time for our children to learn and be reminded that in G-D’s eyes they are important. Our observance of Pesach must be not just designed but as commanded by G-D for our children.

So this Passover season, remember – it’s all about the kids.

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