We’ve spent quite some time exploring the incredible spiritual treasures to be found in chapter 12 of Exodus.
But before moving on, I wanted to give everybody a quick snapshot summary of how the first Passover in Egypt was really an awesome picture of what our Savior Yeshua did for us.
-In Exodus, the lamb is to be brought into the house on the 10th day of AVIV.
-Yeshua made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the same 10th day of AVIV.
-The lamb was inspected for four days.
-Yeshua was questioned and tried for four days.
-The lamb was to be found without any blemish.
-Yeshua was found to be innocent, minus any sin.
-The blood of the lamb was applied in the shape of a cross on their door.
-Yeshua as the Passover Lamb shed His blood on the cross
-The lamb was to be eaten with bitter herbs.
-Yeshua endured the bitterness of the cross.
-The lamb was not to have any bones broken.
-None of Yeshua’s bones were broken.
-The bread had to be without leaven. Remember, in Scripture, leaven or yeast is symbolic of sin and deceit.
-Yeshua, the bread of life, is without sin. The reason Yeshua was able to resurrect from the dead was because He didn’t have any sin in Him.
Before closing, there’s an interesting aspect of the Jewish Passover seder pointing to Yeshua I’d also like to share with you.
During this traditional meal, three pieces of bread are laid out on the table.
The bread in the center, called the Matzah, is broken into two pieces-a larger piece and a smaller piece.
It’s been said that this split-in-two Matzah is symbolic of Yeshua’s body that was broken for us per what was predicted by the prophet Isaiah.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
and by His stripes we are healed.”
Now the larger of the two pieces of bread is called the “AFIKOMEN”.
Actually, AFIKOMEN is not Hebrew, but a Greek word.
Some believe this means “I have come”.
This AFIKOMEN is wrapped in a linen cloth and then hidden away.
However, after the dinner it reappears!
For the Messianic Jewish community, this symbolically represents the Messiah, as Yeshua’s body was broken, wrapped in linen, buried, and raised on the third day.
Now what’s really interesting is that the AFIKOMEN is eaten during that part of the Passover ceremony called the TZAFUN.
TZAFUN means “hidden” or “concealed”.
The point is that although the AFIKOMEN is a remarkable symbol of Yeshua, to many Jewish people, the Messiah still remains hidden or concealed.