The Origin of the Passover
The Israelites were once enslaved in Egypt. For 430 years, they cried out to God asking Him for freedom. In 1498 BC, God answered their prayers by sending His prophet, Moses, to free the Israelites from Pharaoh. When Pharaoh refused, God sent plagues of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts and darkness. Before sending the tenth and final plague to kill firstborn males of men and animals, God commanded Moses and the Israelites to celebrate the Passover to protect them.
The Lord said to Moses… “Tell the whole community of Israel… to take a lamb for his family, one for each household… Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs… Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover… The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
By putting the blood of the Passover lamb on the tops and sides of their doorframes, the Israelites were protected from the plague of death and finally freed from their years of slavery. Afterward, they began their journey to the promised land, Canaan.
The Israelites witnessed the power of God through the Passover. This was the origin of the Passover. And God made it an eternal command that generation after generation must keep.
“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance.”