After the nine plagues, the first Passover protected the Hebrew slaves (Israelites) from the tenth plague and enabled them to leave Egypt.
At this time of year it is good to look back and see what it meant.
As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, the ‘day’ began after the sunset on what we would call the day before. (Calendar and Confusion) So, the fourteenth day began after sunset on the thirteenth. Twilight is that period between the end of one day and start of another when the sun has gone down but light continues. (Hebrew term ‘ben ha arbayim’ and this is different from ‘erev’ meaning evening.)
The Israelites were in their homes scattered throughout Goshen and they followed the instructions relayed to them by Moses.
Goshen was a pastoral region in Lower Egypt, occupied by the Israelites before the Exodus.
I have seen this word ‘haste’ in Exodus 12: 11 translated as ‘trepidation.’ This made more sense to me, so I looked up a Hebrew concordance. Trepidation is indeed one of the possible words from this Hebrew word.
TWOT – 708a
Parts of Speech
I favour ‘trepidation’ because God’s command was not to leave their homes until daybreak.
“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.”
Exodus 12:22 NKJV (bolding mine.)
If they had gone out, they would have left the protection of the blood on the doors of their homes. As they were eating, or clearing up according to the instructions to burn all that had not been eaten, they would have heard the cries of the Egyptians.
It must have been a frightening time, not knowing what was happening outside their homes.
Dictionary.com defines trepidation as … ‘tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.”
‘Morning’ in Hebrew is ‘boqer’, which is translated day/early/morning/morrow. The Hebrew day did not start at midnight as came in with the calendar changes. Covered in Calendar and Confusion
Why have I written about the first Passover?
Because we are on the lead-up to the annual commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the true Passover Lamb.
It is good to look back to the root, or beginning, in order to understand the present more fully.
Sharing my musings,