A. Why is Exodus 12 especially important? Exodus 12 is important because it is the first account of Passover. Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that our ancestors gained. The Lord gave Moses and Aaron directions how to properly follow Passover. The Lord gave instructions how to eat a lamb on the night before Passover, what else to eat (bitter herbs, bread made without yeast). The reason is Passover is called Passover because the Lord gave instructions to Moses and Aaron and said that each family must slaughter a lamb at twilight and take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where lambs are eaten. On the night that lambs blood was put on doorframes, God saw the blood as a sign to pass over the houses. The Lord stuck don every firstborn of both people and animals besides the houses with blood. For seven days Jews are to eat bread without yeast. Jews celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because God brought us out of Egypt. The Israelites were told to leave by the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh told them to go worship the Lord as they requested and leave the land. The Israelites lived in Egypt for 430 years to the day. The Lord had laid more ground rules for Passover after the Israelites were freed from Egypt. The Lord laid out rules for foreigners partaking in Passover; the main rule wwas that they had to be circumcised
The Lord also said that the firstborn male, the first offspring of every womb of the Israelites, belongs to him.