Today’s religious holiday stems from the bible to include murder and a meal for circumcised men. Yeah, it’s weird.
God was angry with the Egyptian Pharaoh for not releasing Israelite slaves and afflicted punishment in the form of ten plagues. The Passover was plague number ten.
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Great detail was given about how to select, prepare, and cook a lamb.
Exodus 12 43 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover. No foreigner shall eat of it, 44 but every man’s servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then shall he eat of it. 45 A foreigner and a hired servant shall not eat of it. 46 It must be eaten in one house. You shall not carry any of the meat outside of the house. Do not break any of its bones. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 When a stranger lives as a foreigner with you, and would like to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it. He shall be as one who is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat of it.”
Only males with bobbed knobs could participate in the feast.
Exodus 12 7 They shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two door posts and on the lintel, on the houses in which they shall eat it.
Blood of the lamb was to be smeared on the doorposts of homes as proof that only circumcised males were within, mainly Israelites.
Exodus 12 13 The blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Let’s see what they were playing for.
Exodus 12 29 At midnight, the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. 30 Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
That’s harsh, bro.
After this selective genocide, the pharaoh freed the Israelites. This event is still observed today with varying rules on feasting or fasting according to religion.
Celebrating freedom after persecution is not unexpected. Yet, it is kind of ironic that Jewish people who decry the holocaust celebrate this genocidal holiday every year.
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