By: Ely Lagajino
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19 (NKJV)
By divine direction, the yearly Passover ordinance was celebrated in the campsite of the Israelites at Gilgal. Passover is instituted yearly to commemorate their deliverance from the bondage of slavery. After the rebellion in Kadesh, when the people rejected God, the practice was canceled. We recall that in Egypt, the last plague caused the death of all first-born Egyptians. The Israelites and mixed groups who put their trust in God were spared.
God gave Moses specific instructions to preserve the lives of their first born, as well as departure directions. Each family slayed a lamb without blemish and sprinkled its blood using many hyssops on the doorposts of their houses. The blood served as a sign for the angel to pass over their homes. Then, everybody ate the roasted lamb and baked bread without baking powder or yeast and chewed bitter herbs. While eating they already wore their traveling clothes and sandals, and carried their staves. They were all set to go.
On the fourteenth day of the month at midnight, they celebrated the Passover in Gilgal, remembering their deliverance from Egypt. After the celebration, they started to eat the wild corn of Canaan. By the next day, the manna stopped falling.
Aside from remembering their deliverance, the Passover celebration pointed to the sacrificial lamb Jesus Christ that delivered us from the bondage of sin. Joshua and Caleb related their history on to the new generation of how God saved them as they kept the observance of the Passover
Observance of Passover commemorative meal of God’s saving grace ended when Jesus Christ gave His life at Calvary. Today the instead of the Passover, the ordinance of the Lord supper is observed as the commemorative meal for the same purpose.
Joshua 5; PP pp. 538. 539