For a clearer understanding of this post, please read, “On The Blood Part 1.”
In remembrance of the Passover ceremony, king Josiah kills the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month (2 Chronicles 35:1). But in order to prepare for this nationwide ceremony, Josiah organizes the priests and Levites, who do the killing, sprinkling, and flaying of the lamb (2 Chronicles 35:11). The Levites also, “[roast] the passover with fire” (2 Chronicles 35:13).
For seven days, starting on the fourteenth day of the first month, the people also ate unleavened bread in keeping with the Passover ordinance (2 Chronicles 35:17; Exodus 12: 17, 18).
In the end, the Bible distinguishes this Passover from all those kept before and after king Josiah (2 Chronicles 35:18). For not only does Josiah, king of Judah, keep the Passover according to the time the Lord stipulates (Exodus 12:6), but He also offers burnt offerings and involves the children of Israel and inhabitants of Jerusalem in this ordinance (2 Chronicles 35:12, 17). Remember that this was after Judah and Israel became separate nations and that some of Jerusalem’s inhabitants were not God’s chosen ones.
Considering this, this Passover was not only an act of obedience and remembrance but a ceremony that united the tribes of Israel and unbelievers.
Stay tuned to see how Jesus is typified in the Passover.