A FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM
Leviticus 23:5; Exodus 12
As the traditional Messianic song says, " On Passover we remember what the Lord has done. He set the captives free, led them to liberty, and parted the Red Sea that they might walk....."
Passover is a festival of freedom. Passover celebrates God's deliverance of the Israelites from bondage to a cruel Pharoah in the Land of Egypt. Why did the Israelites want to escape from Pharoah and Egypt? They wanted to be free to worship their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Just as the Israelites suffering under the cruel bondage of Pharoah is symbolic of our suffering under the bondage to sin into which we're born through inheriting Adam's sin nature, Passover symbolically represents the amazing redemption (bought with a price) wrought by Yeshua (Jesus, His Greek name) on the cross which makes salvation (deliverance) available to all who believe.
In Exodus 12, God told the Jewish people to a kill a lamb without spot or blemish and apply its blood to the door posts (sides) and lintel (top of door frame) of their home. This is a picture of a cross + (even the cross is a plus-sign:) God told them, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you and your household (Exodus 12:13.) God told them if they would do this they would be saved from the angel of death. Israel (the Jewish people) is God's first-born children. Since the cruel Pharoah would not let God's first-born "go," God sent a death angel to kill the Egyptian people's first born children. Symbolically, following God's instruction, the Israelites painted a cross in the blood of a spotless lamb over their household and they were saved from death. When the spotless (sinless) blood of the Lamb of God, Yeshua, Jesus is applied to the "door posts and lintels" of our houses (hearts) we are saved from eternal death. Then we, too, are free to worship our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Hallelujah!!!
Let us celebrate our Passover Lamb, Yeshua, the Lamb of God - who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, but who will return for us as the Lion riding a white horse today - in a New Covenant context - Jew and Gentile, one-in-Messiah.
As the Jews said through the ages and sages, " They tried to kill us, they couldn't, let's eat!"
Here's a delicious recipe for Noodle Kugel. I'll bake and serve Noodle Kugel for dessert after our Passover meal of:
- Pomegranate Lamb
- Yukon Gold Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans Almondine
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Noodle Kugel
1 pound wide egg noodles
5 extra-large eggs
4 cups half -and-half
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of fresh nutmeg
dash of fresh nutmeg
1 1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspon freshly cracked black pepper
1 cup ricotta
1 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10 by 13 by 2 1/4 inch baking pan.
Drizzle some oil into a large pot of salted water. Cook the noodles for 6-8 minutes, until tender. Drain well.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in the ricotta and raisins. Add the drained noodles. Combine.
Pour the noddle mixture into prepared baking dish. Place the filled dish into a larger pan filled half-way with water (bain marie, or "water bath"). Cover the entire assembly with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 45 minutes, or until the custard is just set. Serves 10.
(good appetite, in Hebrew)