Remembering deliverance

Leviticus Bible Background

02.16.2018 – Old Testament: Lev 23.4–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 22–23 on February 16, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, event in their history. Therefore, the Lord wanted them to commemorate it every year with these back-to-back feasts,

“These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’S Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it” (Leviticus 23.4–8).

The Passover reminded them of the time that the Destroyer passed over any Israelite home that had blood on the door posts and across the top, and since they left Egypt that very night, they did not have time to let bread dough rise, but they had to cook it unleavened. So they ate the Passover, remembering the actual deliverance and then they ate unleavened bread for seven days, showing that they were on the run.


  • What do Christians have that reminds them of their deliverance from sin?
  • What is the Christian’s Passover?

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