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Today is the first full day of Passover, it started last evening.

The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago, by God, from slavery in ancient Egypt.

It’s when this guy…

This guy

Played by this guy…

Not this guy

Lead the Israelite people out of bondage on their way to the Promised Land.

Egypt was ruled by the Pharaohs, many of whom had been “Hebrew Friendly”.

But as the Bible says, a new King rose in Egypt who “knew not Joseph” and the Jews were enslaved as a people for several hundred years.

Passover commemorates the history of the Jewish Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus, which is where I’m guessin’ it got its name.

Passover is a pretty big deal.

Probably the most important of all Jewish holy days.

Moses, the leader of the Jewish people, went to the Pharaoh, with whom he was raised from childhood, and said, “Let my people go.

Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

So, God sent a plague on Egypt to convince the old boy to release the Jewish people from bondage.

He turned the water, all of it, into blood.

Moses came back, and again, said, “Let my people go!”

Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

So, God sent another plague; he had frogs come out of the Nile and infest the homes of the Egyptian people.

Moses said, “Let my people go!”

And again, Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

Since that didn’t work, God had it rain lice!

Moses, “LMPG!”

And again, Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

This went on for days.

Then God made the livestock sick, you know, kinda like “Mad Cow”, only “Mad Every Beast”.

Moses, “LMPG!”

Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

Then he sent boils on all the Egyptians and the already sick animals.

PETA was furious!

Moses, “LMPG!

Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

Again, and God getting a little more irritated each time, sent thunder and THE hail storm of all time, and when that didn’t work, as if the frogs and lice weren’t enough, he sent locusts, which cleaned out all the crops.  And then he made it so dark, no one could see.

The Egyptians were annoyed, to say the least.

Again, Moses trots on down to the palace, and says, “LMPG!”

And again, Pharaoh said, “Yeah, NO!”

So, finally, God said, “OK, dude, I’ve had it!  Either let the people go or I’m killing the first born of every home in the land, from the house of Pharaoh to the beasts in the field – which were all getting ready to revolt anyway.” –   OK, so my Bible translation is a tad modern, but  you get the drift.

But, to protect the Jewish children, and those who believed in the One True God, God gave a command to slay a lamb, and splatter the blood over the doorposts of their home.  And for those who followed the Passover instructions, God said, “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”


God told Moses to get the gang ready, and for seven days they ate unleavened bread, and finally had a special feast, (a meal filled with so much symbolism I’ll have to save it for another day since this is too long already) the meal is called Seder, on the last night.

Passover meal

Sooooooooooooo, at midnight, The Spirit of God went through the Land of Egypt and the first born child of every home that did not have the Passover Blood on the doorposts died.

Spirit of God Passing Over

The Bible says the Pharaoh “rose UP early in the night…and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not ONE house where there was not ONE dead.”

Finally, Pharaoh, after a minor UP rising of the people and tongue lashing from his wife, agreed to free the Israelite children from slavery.  Politician that he was, he actually tried to make it sound like it was his idea, saying:  my translation:  “You, your brother, your wives, and all the Jews in Goshen get the heck on UP outta’ my land, and take your cattle with you.”

Moses, knowing the time was right, had every one pack UP as fast as they could, and hit the dirt road for Canaan.

And this, dear readers, is why we have Passover.

Happy Passover!

My apologies to the Nation of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Those of the Diaspora, most of New York City, and Mark.


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