BO: The Passover

At the time of the Exodus the children of Israel were a rabble. They were like a flock of sheep without a shepherd. They fought between themselves and accused Moses of being a murderer when he tried to intervene. They would not listen to Moses and turned against him when his purpose was to save them from slavery. They had forgotten their past and from whence they came and they had forgotten God.

As much as the ten plagues of Egypt are renown in biblical stories that they brought about disaster in Egypt, in fact in the first nine plagues no one died (unless they ventured out of their houses at the time of the hail in the 7th plague. The plagues were not in order punish the Egyptian for their evilness. Rather their purpose was to bring the Egyptians to recognize that there is only one true God and to bring the Children of Israel to rediscover their identity as a people.

The Two Worlds of the Egyptians and the Children of Israel

The10th plague of the Passover effectively divided the land of Egypt into two worlds: the dualistic world of development and materialism of the Egyptians and the world of oneness of the Children of Israel.

Gematrically Egypt =Mitzraim (Hb), spelt: מצרים mem-tzadik-resh-yod-mem = 40-90-200-10-40 = 380 and the Promised Land to which the Children of Israel were going was Canaan spelt: כנען caf–nun-ayin-nun = 20-50-70-50 = 190. The gematrical ratio between of Canaan and Egypt is exactly 1:2, where Canaan is the world of ‘oneness’ and Egypt is the world of duality. Moreover, the word Mitzraim (Egypt) ends in the letters ים ‘im’. This is the ending used in a plural format for words in Hebrew, hence the very word Mitzraim implies a land of the world of duality and multiplicity.

The Home and the Door

The world inside the homes of the children of Israel and the world outside is similar to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot and the two Angels were inside the home and outside was the evil world of Sodom. The weak link between the two worlds was the door and hence in the interlocution between Lot and the people of the town we find the door come in to prominence dividing the two worlds (See hyperlink the door and Sodom and Gomorrah). In both instances we see two worlds of Egypt and the Children of Israel:

In the case of the Passover the door is also the weak link between the homes of the Children of Israel and the world of the Egyptians at the time the Angle of Death is about to Passover. So the door frame was painted using a hyssop brush with the blood of the Passover lamb (In herbal astrology Hyssop is associated with the planet Jupiter and is said to act as a connector between man and God. For this reasons it is used on many occasions in the biblical rituals as instructed by Moses). As stated in Genesis 9 vs. 4: But flesh with its life (soul), which is its blood, you shall not eat:

אך בשר בנפשו דמו לא תוכלו

The blood of the Passover lamb protected the lives/souls which were inside the homes when the Angel of Death passed over.

What is a home? In English we have the term ‘house’ and ‘home’, where a house is built of walls and roof but becomes home when there is spirit inside. In Hebrew there is no differentiation between the two concepts and the word for ‘house’ and ‘home’ are the same – Beit written beth-yod-taf בית where the central letter is yod representing the conscious form of God. So in Hebrew the word beit implicitly symbolises the presence of God inside the house. In Chinese the word for home is Jia and the Chinese character is of a man leaning against his pig under a roof. This gives a completely different concept of a home and is one of property, possession, wealth and materialism.

The Hebrew concept of Beit is like the mitzvoth, the obligations of a Jew under Jewish law. The mitzvoth are like the walls and roof of a house and necessary if a home is to be created. But unless they are carried out with ‘intention’ or kavanna in order to become closer to God then they are or no use to man’s spiritual development. On the other hand one cannot become closer to God without the mitzvoth. A house can become a home, but a home cannot exist without the structure of the house.

The Passover Lamb

The ritual of eating the Passover lamb until there is nothing left in the morning and together with matzot is very similar to that of the consecration of priests, of Aaron and his sons.

And if any of the meat of the consecrations, or of the bread, remain to the morning, then you shall burn the remainder with fire; it shall not be eaten, because it is holy: (Exodus 29: 34).

Effectively at the time of the Passover all the Children of Israel became priests and a holy people.

For I am the Lord that brings you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; you shall therefore be holy, for I am holy: (Leviticus:11:45:23)

Indeed the instance of the Passover is the first time in the history of the Children of Israel that they became a Nation. Hence the festival of the Passover is not only a festival of freedom but also of the making of a People and a Nation.

The Passover meal the Matza, the Wine and the Messiah

In the Passover meal there are two essential ingredients: the matza (bread) and the wine. Wine raises the human consciousness to a spiritual level whereas matza (bread) is essential for our existence in this world.

Interestingly enough Bread, lechem (Hb), spelt: lamed-chet-mem, לחם has a value of: 30-8-40=78, and wine, yiin (Hb), spelt: yod-yod-nun יין has a value of: 10-10-50 = 70. So the combined value is 148. Passover, pesach, which is spelt: peh-samach-chet פסח has the same value as bread and wine: 80-60-8 =148

Moreover, during the Passover meal four cups of wine are drunk. Hence 4 x 70 = 280 + bread 78 = 358. This is the same Gematrically value as Messiah, Meshiach (Hb) spelt mem-shin-yod-chet משיח = 40-300-10-8= 358.

It is for this reason that at the end of the Passover meal the door is opened to invite Elijah the prophet because is believed that Elijah will bring the Messiah to this world and to the homes of Jewish people.

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