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Celebrating a True Passover

Assuming the new moon is sighted as expected on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2nd Passover is Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at sunset and the eating of our Passover slaughter. But Passover does not happen by accident for those who are intent on following Yehovah’s (the LORD’s) instructions.

Passover is not like Christmas and Easter where you buy and wrap a few gifts or paint a few eggs at the last-minute. God forbid that His people ever go back to those pagan ways. As you will see Passover, Yehovah’s way, requires much planning to get it right; especially for those who are keeping Passover for the first time. I have been asked by a couple of brothers to give a check list of things that are needed and things that must be considered as we draw close this most important Spring Feast of Yehovah.

The first and most important item for our consideration is WHY do we keep Passover? In brief, the Passover is the one and only time each year when a “ger” (Strong’s H1616 – a citizen to True Israel who keeps all Yehovah’s ways) has a chance to become an “ezrach” (Strong’s H249 – one “Born in the Land,” the land of his second birth). We are all born the first time, into some kingdom of the earth, Passover is our once a year chance to be born again into the kingdom and land of our dear Father. In contrast, we can become a ger by joining ourselves as citizens of True Israel at anytime through repentance and baptism.

“And when a stranger (ger) dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to Yehovah, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native-born of the land (ezrach). For no uncircumcised person shall eat it.” (Exo 12:48)

If this concept seems strange to you, you will know why I have developed almost four hours of videos to help folks understand these ideas. Here is a link to the ‘Born Again’ series.

“O Yehovah, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things.'” (Jer 16:19)

For those of us who have partaken of the true Passover before, the taking of it yearly is a matter of remaining part of True Israel. For if an Israelite does not keep Passover he is kicked out of True Israel. That is NOT an option for me; I WILL keep it as instructed!

“But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and ceases to keep the Passover, that same person shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of Yehovah at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin”. (Num 9:13)

The second item to consider is WHERE will the Passover be kept? The last two years we have had our Passover on a semi-rural piece of property which was about an acre and fairly secluded from the neighbors. This has been ideal. The host had a home and one out building. Remember that once the blood is on the doorway(s) and Israel has finished burning everything remaining, the skin, bones, internal organs and left over meat, NO ONE goes out of the house, shed, RV or even tent until morning.

“You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is Yehovah’s Passover.” (Exo 12:10-11) “… And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.” (Exo 12:22)

As I said, tents and RVs in the wilderness is an option on the place. Joshua kept Passover just after they crossed the Jordan. All they had were tents.

The third consideration is the animal. This male sheep or goat must less than one year old (1 month to a year) without blemishes, spots, etc. This may seem easy until you try to find one; unfortunately the majority of people who raise these animals castrate them within weeks of their birth; thus making those animals unacceptable for the Passover slaughter. I prayed for two months this year for a place to supply an acceptable animal and after much prayer I found a man who raises sheep for this purpose. DO NOT TAKE finding an acceptable animal for granted, for it too is a provision of Yehovah.

By the way, many folks will charge anywhere from $50 to $250 for the right animal; however Yehovah provided a goat last year for $60 and he was raised by a Torah keeping family, our Father is so good! Remember also, that this lamb or goat is to be selected and kept near the home or camp beginning on the 10th of Aviv.

“Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.” (Exo 12:3-4)

One small lamb will feed about 20 people.

The fourth consideration is the slaughter and dressing of the animal. Here is a link to a pdf file which discusses the “humane” slaughter of an

Humane slaughter

animal.  If you have been raised on a farm, most of this is a “no-brainer”, but for most of us city folks it seems like an abomination – PLEASE – just get over it and follow Yehovah’s instructions. Nothing Yehovah tells us to do is an abomination.

Did you know that Passover will be kept in the millennial kingdom also? See Ezekiel 45.

To perform a humane slaughter properly you will need a knife designed for that purpose. This knife must be at least twice the length of the animal’s

Slaughter knife

neck which means that to do a humane slaughter of a sheep or goat, a blade with a length between 12″ and 14″ is required. This again is not something that you can just run out to Wal-Mart and pick up. Most of these knives are razor-sharp and are not cheap; they generally range from $85 to $140+. Here is a vendor for this type of knife that has a very fair price.

Hyssop and a large bowl will be needed to catch the blood as it drains from the animal. Blood coagulates very quickly; dipping the hyssop in the blood and applying it to the lintel and two door posts is not easy. This is a job that must be delegated and done quickly. I have grown hyssop for this purpose for several years.

“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 door posts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.” (Exo 12:22)

We dug a very shallow hole in the earth in preparation for this slaughter which was done over this hole; any extra blood, which is practically all the blood, must be placed in the hole. Two places in Torah we are instructed concerning the disposal of the blood; “pouring it out on the ground like water” is the general order of the day.

“Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth like water.” (Deu 12:16) “Only you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it on the ground like water.” (Deu 15:23)

If you are fortunate enough to have a hunter in your group, it is a great blessing. He will know how to dress and skin the animal for cooking; but be careful not to break any bones.

“In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones.” (Exo 12:46)

If we are not to break any bones while eating the animal; we certainly do not want to break any bones while we are dressing it. We have gutted the animal each year while it was on the ground and then hung it from its rear legs to skin it. All skin is removed from the lower legs to the top of the neck before cooking.

The fifth item of consideration is how do we cook the lamb? There are two issues that must be discussed here.

Skinning the animal

First let see WHAT is to be cooked. A careless and ignorant reading (I am not trying to step on any toes here, but only trying to bring some light to this subject) of this verses 9 & 10 of Exodus 12 would lead most who have never cooked game to believe that we are to cook the animal whole. Let’s look closely at those two verses.

(9) “Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire–its head with its legs and its entrails. (10) You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.” (Exo 12:9-10)

I believe this translation was “designed” to discourage the people of Yehovah from keeping the Passover; for even translators have their own theologies and biases. Wow, that is real understatement! Gaining a correct understanding of these two verses depends on how these two verses are divided; so a more correct and honest translation might go something like this.

“Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire. Its head with its legs and its entrails, you shall let none of it remain until morning. Anything that does remain until morning you shall burn with fire.” (Exo 12:9-10 MDV)

The second issue concerning cooking the animal is how to cook it. We created a roasting area out of cinder-block the first year and the second year we

Roasting pit

made it of stone. Both times we had a large grate from a barbecue that we made to be height adjustable in both pits. The first year it was rainy and windy and we made a wood cover to keep the rain out and the heat in a pit. The second year it was dry and very cold. Both years it took 5 – 6 hours to cook (seemed like forever) and the meat was very dry and tough.

Last year, 2010 Passover, we wired the front legs together and then passed the back legs through the front legs and then wired all four legs to the head; this made a nice little bundle that we, after rubbing the meat down with oil and sprinkling with garlic power, wrapped several times with foil. We also sealed both ends and then laid it  just inches from our hot coals. We were careful to turn it over every 15 minutes or so and after just two hours we had a fine meal, very moist and tender. It was rainy and windy at times but it did not matter. I will cook the Passover this way from here on in, and beyond. Here is a picture diary of our 2014 Passover on my Facebook page.

The sixth item of consideration is WHO may eat the lamb. If you are a “ger” who has joined himself to Israel and committed your life to keeping all of Yehovah’s instruction AND you have been circumcised; then you may eat the lamb. If you have not, DON’T! I know that this business about circumcision has been greatly perverted. The teaching concerning the new believers in Acts 15 and the righteous decision made by James is spot on! But all that chapter was about was the starting point, the minimum requirements for brand new baby believers who had just repented (that is the circumcision of the heart) and was beginning to learn about basic things like keeping the Sabbath. Circumcision of the flesh comes later; and ALWAYS after the circumcision of the heart. In the Way of Life & Baptism – a New Beginning of the born again series explains in great detail what it means to be a ger and the truth about baptism and circumcision.

The seventh item for consideration is the actual eating of the Lamb. We eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs (be creative). We eat it in haste, with our sandals on our feet and a staff in our hand.

“Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.” (Exo 12:8) “And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is Yehovah’s Passover.” (Exo 12:11)

The eighth item for consideration is, “do not leave the property until daylight.” Unlike Seder (which is not part of the instructions) NOBODY GOES HOME until daybreak.

The final consideration is the clean up, EVERY PART of the animal that is left over is to be burned. The first year we thought we had done such a great job in our Passover and then later in the afternoon someone found the lamb’s scrotum lying on the ground. Oops! We tossed it in the pit immediately.

Practice and planning, planning and more planning will make for a wonderful and satisfying experience as we follow Yehovah’s instructions. When one sees that dear little innocent lamb that became our friend over the last 4 day slaughtered in obedience to Yehovah’s instructions we remember what Yeshua said, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but Yours, be done.” May we always remember these words and apply them to our lives.

For thousands of years people looked forward to see that precious lamb of God to come into the world, now we look back. It is my sincere hope that you have the first and most important TRUE Passover that you will ever have, but with many, many more throughout eternity. Four times in Yehovah’s instructions for our Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12) He says:

“So this day [Passover] shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to Yehovah throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Exo 12:14)

“So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.” (Exo 12:17)

And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. (Exo 12:24)

It is a night of solemn observance to Yehovah for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of Yehovah, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations. (Exo 12:42)

Israel’s God does not change; and “everlasting,” is a very long time!

The Ezrach, Israel’s son, are the 144,000 – the virgin of Israel

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7 Comments


  1. penny wells
    Apr 05, 2012

    Wow Michael–this is amazing–we are going to a seder by a Messianic Jewish congregation here in Indy-but I’m worried–my husband is not circumcised–yikes!!


    • Michael Didier
      Apr 05, 2012

      Passover is about renewing Yehovah’s covenant with each man each year. I think that the killing of our lamb and putting it blood on our door posts is how we now remember what Yeshua did. That you do not do without being circumcised.

      you both are doing a Seder; how is that any different then having Christmas without being circumcised? Neither is these activities are in our Father’s instructions.

      But, you are right to be concerned.

      Then YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘If anyone of you or your posterity is unclean because of a corpse, or is far away on a journey, he may still keep YHVH’s Passover. On the fourteenth day of the second month, at twilight, they may keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break one of its bones. ACCORDING TO ALL THE ORDINANCES OF THE PASSOVER they shall keep it. BUT the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and ceases [stops doing what he was doing] to keep the Passover, that same person shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of YHVH at its appointed time; THAT MAN SHALL BEAR HIS SIN. (Num 9:9-13)

      There is always second Passover. http://weareisrael.org/2011/01/10/2nd-passover/


  2. chelsea
    Aug 26, 2012

    This teaching is truly eye-opening….this is going to require that many false images are torn down, destroyed. They don’t want to come down easily. As more lies and errant teachings of the church are exposed and are replaced with the truth of Torah, the false images will tumle to the ground. Thank you for teaching these things that are difficult to hear. The truth really does set us free!


  3. Russ
    Dec 26, 2012

    Hello Michael – Interesting perspective. I haven’t listened to your entire series yet, but was wondering what you thought of Deut 16:5-6 in reference to slaughtering a lamb/goat. How do you reconcile this with Exodus 12?


    • Michael Didier
      Dec 26, 2012

      This is a very good question Russ and one that I am often asked. I really need to put this in a blog as well. I wish there was a quick way to teach men how important their part of the covenant with Yehovah is each year. I have almost a dozen videos and close to 30 blogs all relating to this yearly moed; please take the time to hear what I have to say. In fact, starting Friday, January 4th at 5pm (Pacific Time) I am again starting another “Born Again” series of 8 classes.

      OK – Here is the answer to your question.

      Always keep in mind that Deuteronomy is for Israel once the are in the land. We currently have no land, no temple, no tabernacle and no priesthood; yet Yehovah says,

      Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, YET I SHALL BE A LITTLE SANCTUARY FOR THEM in the countries where they have gone.” ‘ Therefore say, ‘Thus says my master Yehovah: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ‘ And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. (Eze 11:16-20)

      In the Land
      By Zerubbabel ben Emunah
      Devarim [Deuteronomy] 16:2

      “And you shall sacrifice the Passover to YHWH your Elohim, of the flock and the herd, in the place which YHWH shall choose, to cause His name to dwell there.”

      This one passage causes more people not to keep Passover according to Scripture than any other passage. But let us carefully, prayerfully, and fearfully, examine this passage to see what it is actually saying.

      First, I do not think that there would be very much disagreement that Jerusalem is the place where YHWH has chosen to cause His name to dwell. However, with that said and understood, we should then ask ourselves, “In what way will He cause His name to dwell there? Is it not by His presence? And is not His presence with the Ark of the Covenant in the Mishkan?” The answer is “yes” to each one of those questions. So, where is the Mishkan today? Where is His visible presence today? Is it in Jerusalem?

      It does not seem that it is.

      While there was a period of Israeli history in which YHWH dwelt in Jerusalem, it has not been so for a very long time. Please note this following passage.

      Sh’muel Aleph [1st Samuel] 4:21-22
      21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory is departed from Israel; because the ark of Elohim was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband.”
      22 And she said, “The glory is departed from Israel; for the ark of Elohim is taken.”
      What is happening in this passage, is that Phinehas’s wife gives birth to a son right after the Philistines capture the Ark of the Covenant. The son was named Ichabod, because when the Ark was taken, YHWH’s glory also departed.

      We also find this same concept in a vision of Yechezkel.

      Yechezkel [Ezekiel] 10:18
      And the glory of YHWH departed from the threshold of the temple, and stood over the cherubim.

      YHWH’s glory then departed with the leaving of the cherubim. As one reads this entire chapter, one finds that the glory of YHWH departed because of the very gross sin of both Israel and Judah.

      Now please note this passage.

      Matithyah [Matthew] 23:37-39
      37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent to her! How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!
      38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
      39 For I say to you, You shall not see Me again, until you shall say, ‘Blessed is He that comes in the name of YHWH.’”

      While YHWH had caused His Name to dwell in Jerusalem at one time, because of sin on the part of the leaders and people of Israel and Judah, YHWH left. Furthermore, it seems that from the time of Mashiach until He returns, His name will not dwell in Jerusalem.

      Therefore, it seems that Devarim chapter 16, is actually a prophetic utterance in future tense, to us today. Because it is clear from the text of Devarim 16 that these things are to take place while we are dwelling securely in the land, and since we are not dwelling securely in the land at this time, it does not seem wise to apply these verses to us today.

      Furthermore, we need to remember that when YHWH instituted the Passover, the nation was in the land of Egypt. They also kept the Passover outside the land for the first forty years.

      Therefore, since we are not in the land, and since we are, in fact, living in Egypt, it seems incumbent upon us today to keep the Passover according to the way in which YHWH commanded us to keep it while we were in Egypt.

      The above is a small portion of the article. http://www.onetorahforall.com/Studies2010/Pesach%20-%20update%202.pdf


  4. jabulani Mashabane
    Jul 07, 2013

    I’m confused Michael. Were these not all pictures leading us to the real lamb in Yeshua?
    Please help me understand. I’m from a christian background and new in the Messianic.


    • Michael Didier
      Jul 07, 2013

      The ordinances that Yehovah gave us, Israel, are eternal. He says 4 time in Exodus 12 that they are for “all generations and everlasting covenant.” We are to be keeping Passover that way until heaven and earth pass away. It is not about Yeshua. Yeshua, at best, is Yehovah’s half of the covenant. But concerning the man that will not draw near and keep the passover as instructed, Yehovah says in Numbers 9 that “his sins will remain on Him’ and “he will be kicked our from among his people.”

      Did Abraham know Yeshua? How about David? Or Josiah and all the other righteous men of Yehovah? Does Yehovah Change? Does His word endure forever. We have learned many lies and the “christian church” wants to make it all about Yeshua. But with Yeshua it was all about his Father and repentance and turning to Yehovah’s eternal and unchanging ways.

      You really need to hear all of my “Born Again” series in order to get a better understanding of how a man “becomes as one born in the land.”

      Passover before our Exodus from Egypt was called “The Time of Life.” Keep learning and it will come together for you in time. Correcting all our bad thinking is the hardest part of renewing our minds to Yehovah’s good and acceptable and perfect will.

      Passover, correctly done, is going to play a huge role in the coming last days. And those who learn early will be sealed by Yehovah to lead His people through the tribulation and these precious men (and their families) will come into the millennial kingdom alive and well just like Noah did.

      Keep studying Jabulani and I will do my best to help you.

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