Exodus 12:1-10 NASB95 “Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. 4 Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. 7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. 10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.”
One of the amazing things about the Exodus story is that God said that the month of this great event would be the beginning of months! God begins with deliverance and freedom!
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 AMPC “But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). 18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”
Exodus was about the freedom of God’s people to go and worship1. Exodus was also full of miracles from leaving throughout their journey in the wilderness. Nisan is a month to be delivered and experience the miracle power of God.
Exodus 15:26 AMPC “If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.”2
As Josua led Israel into the Promised Land, God said, “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 AMPC).
Nisan and Passover, specifically, set our course for blessing. Judah, the tribe of worshipers, goes first this month3. If we don’t move forward in praise, we will suffer setbacks from the enemy. Praising God is a way for us to take thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.
Move forward during this first month and walk your path in praise throughout the year, going from one level to the next.
To learn more about God’s calendar; including the Feasts of the Lord, Hebrew months, the Tribes of Israel, and the importance and blessing of giving during appointed times, read A Time to Advance: Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew tribes and Months by Chuck D. Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler
- Exodus 4:23; 7:16, 26; 8:16; 9:1, 13; 10:3, 11
- For a better understanding of God’s Covenant of healing, read Christ the Healer by F. F. Bosworth
- Judges 20:18