The Chief/The First/Beginning of Months
Jehovah said to Moses and to Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be the chief of months for you. It shall be the first of the months of the year for you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, On the tenth of this month, they shall each take for themselves an animal of the flock for a father’s house, a flock animal for a house. And if the house is too small for a flock animal, he and his neighbour next to his house shall take according to the number of souls, each one according to the mouth of his eating, you shall count concerning the flock animal. A flock animal, a male without blemish, a yearling, shall be to you. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats. And it shall be for you to keep until the fourteenth day of this month. And all the assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it between the evenings. And they shall take from the blood, and put it on the two side doorposts and on the upper doorpost, on the houses in which they eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in this night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat it raw, or at all boiled in water, but roasted with fire; its head with its legs and with its inward parts. And you shall not leave any of it until morning. And you shall burn with fire that left from it until morning. And you shall eat it this way: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. (Ex 12:1-12 LIT)
Now it happened when the Lord spoke with Moses and Aaron in Egypt. He instructed all of them to take a lamb, which they were to keep fourteen days. The lamb; would be slain as the sacrifice for their whole house. The blood placed on their lintel and both doorposts, which represented their protection against the “Angel of Death!”
This was their covering! They were to kill the sacrificial lamb as their safeguard, from the coming destruction and judgement upon Pharaoh’s Egypt (Mitsrayim). It would be a reminder of their deliverance at Passover and the Chief Month of their Year.
This would also be the start of their first Passover. The Lord promised them long ago that He would deliver them from their oppressors. It was common knowledge among the elders, Joseph and the Levites (Tribe of Levi). They were not sure when it would take place. All they knew were the traditions handed down to them through their elders.
Joseph’s brothers who were also amongst them, had been aware of these promises. They were well aware of them, as their father Jacob (Israel); would have told them. Joseph reminded them also before his passing on. He even told his brothers to embalm him, for them to take his bones with them. He did not want his remains to stay in Mitsrayim.
It is the Passover to Jehovah. And I will pass through in the land of Egypt in this night. And I will strike every first-born in the land of Egypt, from man even to livestock. And I will execute judgments on all the gods of Egypt. I am Jehovah! And the blood shall be a sign to you, on the houses where you are. And I will see the blood, and I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be on you to destroy, when I strike in the land of Egypt. And the day shall be a memorial for you. And you shall celebrate it as a feast to Jehovah, for your generations. You shall celebrate it as a law forever.
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