Relate the Exodus from Egypt on the first night Passover

The Literal Commandment

You shall tell your son on that day, saying, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.' (Exodus 13:8)

 

The literal commandment is that we should tell our children about the Exodus from Egypt on the first day of Passover.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Pictures of Messiah

This commandment to relate the story of the Exodus on Passover pictures Messiah in that He is the One who redeemed Israel. The entire story speaks of His work in setting them free from physical bondage in Egypt.

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

Messiah fulfilled this commandment by relating the story of the Exodus from Egypt on the first night of Passover.

 

Traditional Observance

The traditional observance of this commandment involves recounting the ten plagues and the subsequent escape from Egypt that occurred during the original Passover. The commandment states that we should speak of this "because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt". This teaches us that those who observe the Passover should consider it as if the LORD had brought us personally out of Egypt.

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment and should relate the story of the exodus from Egypt on the first night of Passover.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 115
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 3
  • Mishneh Torah Book Times
  • Mishneh Torah Category 15- Leaven and Unleavened Bread
  • Reference Exodus 13:8
  • Scripture Book Exodus
  • Chapter 13
  • Verse 8
  • English You shall tell your son on that day, saying, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'
  • Hebrew ח וְהִגַּדְתָּ לְבִנְךָ, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמֹר: בַּעֲבוּר זֶה, עָשָׂה יְהוָה לִי, בְּצֵאתִי, מִמִּצְרָיִם.
  • Greek 8 καὶ ἀναγγελεῖς τῷ υἱῷ σου ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ λέγων Διὰ τοῦτο ἐποίησεν κύριος ὁ θεός μοι, ὡς ἐξεπορευόμην ἐξ Αἰγύπτου.
  • Parashah 15- Bo
  • Positive/Negative Positive
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 21
  • Sef. Hach. Command The precept of recounting the Exodus from Egypt
  • Category Appointed Times
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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