This is the first day of Passover, a major Jewish holiday. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was a Jewish carpenter while he was walking the Earth. I figure he must have observed Hebrew traditions. In preparation for teaching my children about Passover, I reviewed it at Wikipedia. Here’s a brief summary:
Passover is the Jewish celebration of the Hebrews’ release from enslavement by Pharaoh in Egypt. Before release, the Lord brought ten plagues to Egypt. The tenth plague was the killing of the firstborn – all in the area: humans (including Pharaoh’s firstborn), even cattle.
The Hebrews were instructed to mark their doorposts with the blood of a spring lamb. The spirit of the Lord would pass over those homes, sparing the firstborn therein.
The Wikipedia article is a quick read full of interesting details on Passover customs.
Steve Parker, M.D.