Passover : A History

In church we celebrate the Lord’s Supper , but how many know the history behind this tradition.

Hundreds of years ago a young boy was sold into slavery by his brothers. That boy, Joseph, was sold to Potiphar, captain of the Pharaoh’s guard, and eventually earned the complete and total trust of Potiphar and the lust of Potiphar’s wife. When she solicited him, Joseph ran enraging Potiphar’s wife who accused him of rape and had him thrown in jail. In jail Joseph earned the respect of his jailer and the other prisoners. He also become well known for interpreting dreams. The Pharaoh of Egypt began having dreams no one could understand, but there was a cup bearer in the court whose dreams had been interpreted by Joseph.  The cupbearer brought Joseph to the Pharaoh’s attention. Joseph interpreted  the dreams and ended up saving Egypt from a famine sent by God.

Biblical Joseph

In Canaan where Joseph was from the famine was terrible. Joseph’s family was suffering. The brothers who had sold Joseph convinced their father Joseph was dead. They heard that there was food in Egypt, so they sent the brothers for food. After several trips, a stay in jail, and a trick Joseph reveals himself to his brothers telling them he has forgiven them. Joseph ends up bringing his entire family to Egypt to  live during the famine.

Four hundred years later a Pharaoh enslaved the people of Israel and tried to kill their firstborn boys, but one young housewife, Jochebed, hid her son and floated him down the Nile in a basket.  The princess of Egypt found him and raised him as her own calling him Moses because she drew him from the water. Moses grew up and discovered his family. He saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite. Moses killed the Egyptian and fled to Midian where he met and married Zipporah, a daughter of the priest of Midian.

Jochabed from The Ten Commandments

For forty years  Moses was a shepherd there. The pharaoh died and Rameses the Second took the throne. At this time the children of Israel cried out to God  and He called Moses and sent him to free the Israelites.

Moses went to Egypt and with God’s strength cursed Egypt sending plagues. There were ten plagues, the final plague was the death of the firstborn. This was the beginning of Passover. Moses was told by God that every home that put the blood of an unblemished lamb on their doorposts would be passed over. Also, the Israelites were told to be ready to leave Egypt .

When they left Egypt, they went to the mountain of God, Horeb, where God instituted the feast of Unleavened Bread commemorating the Israelites captivity and the time to come when the Messiah would save them all.  Around 1473 years later Christ observed Passover with his disciples telling them he was the fulfillment of  all the prophesies and symbolism in the Passover.

– W

Since I used The Ten Commandments as one of my sources, I figure I should state that one of the best actors of all time was in that movie and if he had a son my age, I would marry him….ha

Yul Bryner in Ten Commandments

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