Passover music - this song is a description of the Lamb, the offering of the Lord, whose blood would cause the Angel of Death to pass over the Hebrews.
Were those first lambs in the story of the Exodus generation, with their blood painted on the doorposts, somehow magical with a power to keep death away? No, they were standing in for the Messiah, who would come one day.
Please scroll down the page for the sheet music PDF links.
Here is an iPhone video to allow you hear what this music sounds like:
Here's a closeup of the top of the page:
This piano arrangement is shown in the key of C minor, but I also have it available (see farther down the page) in Dm and Em.
And the bottom of the page, which shows a verse from the book of John in the New Testament:
That verse, John 19: 36, makes reference to the Passover lamb.
The Passover week "meaning" is usually taken to refer only to the freedom of the Hebrew slaves from their bondage in Egypt.
All through the Old Testament, which tells the story of God calling Abraham and bringing the Jews into the land of Israel, oblique hints are made about the identity of the coming Savior.
Why just little hints? Probably to throw the enemies of God off the scent... as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:
And the Father's plan was for Christ to be crucified, to be that sacrifice like a lamb.
Here is the Passover music with guitar tabs:
Please scroll down the page for the sheet music PDF links.
A closeup look at the guitar tablature:
What does John mean by quoting the verse from Zechariah 12:10?
John, in the New Testament, says that this prophecy from the Old Testament is about the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus is the Son of David, and someday the Jewish nation will indeed mourn over him they rejected.
Here is a lead sheet arrangement of the song, in both Dm and Em (see farther down the page).
A closeup look at the lead sheet:
I do not know if modern Jews place any significance on the lamb of the Passover. As far as I can tell, Passover to them seems to be all about their freedom from bondage to the Egyptians, and the beginning of the Jewish nation.
But there were peculiar things about the lamb that set it apart from other meals.
Why did it need to be spotless, without blemish? Why was it to live among the household from the tenth day until the fourteenth day of the month? Why were no bones to be broken? (Exodus 12:46)
The author of an article at the website AlephBeta.org asks,
"How is Passover Different from Easter?"
"Although the Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian holiday of Easter both occur during the spring, the two celebrations are very different. The main connection between the two is due to the events of the Easter holiday originally taking place during Pesach, which explains some of the conflation between the two holidays."
And that's all he says!
True, the celebrations are very different, but he is in error thinking that the TIME FRAME is the primary connection between Passover and Easter.
His resurrection after three days, like Jonah in the whale, showed that death had no power over him.
Only an entirely "spotless" Lamb - a perfect man - could have been our substitute.
The links to the piano arrangements:
The guitar tabs:
The lead sheets:
Yes, I misspelled "Zechariah" on the music sheets! Very hard to notice every little detail. Hopefully I will find time to fix this soon, but no promises.
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