Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month (Nisan), each man is to take a lamb for his family one lamb for the household.......Your lamb is to be without blemish, a year old male. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You must watch over it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assemble of the congregation of Israel is to slaughter it at twilight. ~Exodus 12:3, 5,6
Understand, the family would take the lamb into the home for four days. When my daughter was young we lived on the campus of a children's home where we had access to goats. Sometimes a mother goat will reject one of her babies if she determines that it is either unhealthy or she doesn't have enough milk to feed it. Over the years we took in several reject kid goats for my daughter to bottle feed and care for. As one can imagine it does not take long for a family to become attached to such a creature. They are so cute.
When Yeshua came to earth as Emmanuel, God with us, He spent time with the people, teaching them, healing them, loving them. It was terribly difficult for the disciples to imagine that He would have to die for any kind of purpose. They loved Him and had given up everything to follow Him.
After Lazarus was raised from the dead, there was a celebratory dinner held where a special anointing of Jesus took place, by Mary of Bethany as she cleaned His head and feet with expensive oil and tears using her hair. This happened about 5 days before Passover. (John 12:1-11)
The tenth day of Nisan was the day the sacrificial lambs would be brought by the priests into Jerusalem from Bethlehem through the Sheep Gate. As this event took place, the people would be singing Psalms 113 through 118, called the Hallel, where the word Hallelujah comes from. Hoshiana!!! Lord save us!!! Lord grant us success! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.....With boughs (palm branches) in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the alter. ~Psalm 118:25-27
At this same time, Yeshua came from Bethany, entering through the East Gate on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9, as prophesied). Many of the people, as they recognized Who He Was, stood waving the palm branches for Him and singing the Psalms to Him. Can we now understand the outrage of the unbelieving priests?
Passover - April 20-21, 2019 - Nisan 14, 5779
Unleavened Bread - April 20-26
First Fruits - April 21
The four day trial after Jesus' arrest would become the inspection by the priests of The Lamb, who would be found to be without blemish. Seven (the number of perfection and compleness) witnesses would declare His innocence: Judas Iscariot (Matthew 27:4), Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:4), Herod Antipas (Luke 23:15), Pilates Wife (Matthew 27:19), the Dying Thief, (Luke 27:41), the Roman Centurion (Luke 23:47), and the Roman Guards (Matthew 27:54).