Why We Don’t Celebrate Easter, Part 1A: God Creates the Law of the Passover (Exodus 12)

Passover meal


Today’s Doctrine Month begins our series on the Doctrine of the Passover and an examination of why we don’t celebrate “Easter,” but rather, “Passover” or “Good Friday” and “Resurrection Sunday.” In the teaching above, much more is said, but for the benefit of those who want some notes, I’ve provided some below that will help you navigate the passage of discussion today.

The Doctrine of the Passover (Exodus 12)

First, we see in verse 2 that the month in which the Jews were freed from bondage would be the first month of their new year. The Jews had to have a calendar, and the Lord said that the month of their Exodus (hence the book title) would mark the beginning of their year. It would be an important month, one worth remembering. The Jews were to take a lamb, sheep, or goat on the tenth day of the month and keep it until the fourteenth day of the month (for 4 days), then give it to the people and allow them to slaughter it and apply the blood of the animal without blemish (perfect, no defects, healthy) on the lintels and doorposts of their homes. The congregation (meaning, all of the Jews collectively) were to kill the lamb/sheep/goat at twilight (which is evening).

The Lord creates the Law of the Passover and gives regulations, but the Lord also gives exceptions to His rules within the new Law of the Passover. To find out more about the Law of the Passover, tune in to the Exodus 12 teaching audio above (it’s the black bar with a “play” symbol on the left).

Go here to hear our Resurrection Sunday or Passover 2018 sermon. We refer you to our Audio Sermons and Bible Studies Page for more preaching and teaching.


Passover Doctrine Songs

Opening Selection: “Worthy is the Lamb” (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)

Second Selection: “Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Pre-Teaching Selection: “Now Behold the Lamb” (Kirk Franklin)

Closing Selection: “Just As I Am, Without One Plea” (O Lamb of God, I Come”)