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Wonderful Celebration    |  Ezra 6:19-22 (ESV)

19 On the fourteenth day of the first month, the returned exiles kept the Passover. 20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were clean. So they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the returned exiles, for their fellow priests, and for themselves.

21 It was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile, and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. 22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.~

Ezra 6:19-22 (ESV)

Finally!

Yesterday we talked about the celebration that the temple was now re-built and how it allowed for the restoration of the community and more, the sacrifices. About 40 days after the temple was completed, they celebrated the Passover. This was according to the law of Moses from Exodus 12:6.  

Passover

We remember from the Exodus how the Passover became the annual reminder of God rescuing Israel from slavery in Egypt. Then, by His grace and power, He delivered them to their own country, the Promised Land.

In this setting, God has again redeemed Israel from captivity and brought them back to the Promised Land. It’s time to start celebrating Passover again. They’d gone so many years without celebrating Passover (or making any sacrifices). The priests and Levites carefully ceremonially prepared themselves in expectant anticipation. What a celebration! 

Inclusive Celebration

Did you notice verse 21: “and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the Lord, the God of Israel.” There were descendents of the Jews who had remained in the Promised Land and mixed with people of other nations – intermarrying and worshiping their gods. These also joined the Passover, but only after they had repented and re-dedicated themselves to worship the Lord.

Passover today

“Now, Christ is our Passover in that he has guaranteed that the angel of wrath, the destruction of right judgment, passes over us because Christ has borne our place.” (desiringgod.org) We remember it as the Lord’s Supper.

From: oppidanlibrary.com

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