The resurrection was unknown to the slaves of Egypt. The Israelites had moved there during days of hardship and famine under the leadership and protection of one of their own – Joseph!
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. Ex 1:8
Could this have been an invading king? It’s obvious that anyone born into the royal family would know of such a man as Joseph, whose ideas of food storage saved the nation and he also gained more land and control for the ruling Pharaoh at the time.
Regardless, the Israeli’s found themselves enslaved.
After 400 years of slavery, a deliverer came – Moses. The final night in Egypt was marked by the killing of a year old lamb and the placing of its blood on the doorways. (Ex 12:1-30)
This day became a continual memorial celebration for the people – Passover.
Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. Deut 16:1
If you research the Jewish calendar you will find no month called Abib (or Aviv). It would be like saying “in the month of Spring”, which you would understand to be March and into April, where it is very spring-like, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.
Abib refers to a state of barley, meaning the Hebrews left Egypt when the barley was ripe enough to roast but not ripe enough to grind.
The celebration of Passover will set the stage for a great event to take place on the first day of the week, after the first Sabbath after Passover.
The day is known as Firstfruits.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. Lev 23:9-11
The great event is fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus on the first day of the week, meaning now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Cor 15:20
It seems to all begin with abib barley. There is more to come, but if it seems confusing to you then just know this – Jesus came and gave His life as the Passover lamb for your sin. He was dead and buried but arose on the third day so that you can have both forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
This is freely given to you when you accept Him as your Lord and Savior.