Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. (Exodus 12:6)
The text says that they were to slaughter the animal on the 14th day of the month of Aviv “at twilight” or “at evening.” In Hebrew it reads literally as “between the evenings” – a phrase that is the source of much debate within Judaism. Different possibilities are offered as to what this means but the most popular opinion is that this was about 3 PM in the afternoon. Interestingly, that is the precise time that the Messiah “gave up the ghost.”
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Yeshua had cried with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit‟: and having said this, he gave up the ghost. (Luke 23:44-46)
God never misses an appointment that He has made. Everything He has determined will come to pass exactly as He has said. For instance, when the children of Israel left Egypt, it was on the very day that marked 430 years since the prophecy was given to Abraham concerning his descendants and their return to land of Canaan (Exodus 12:41).
The point is to consider just how precise our Father is when He has ordained something to occur. Long before Messiah walked the earth, it was already determined when and how He would die — He was the Passover Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world, who would be crucified at exactly the same time the Jews had slaughtered the Passover for centuries. To those who witnessed these events, it would have been hard to miss the connection and, yet, some did. Nevertheless, He fulfills His Word just as it is written — though not always exactly as we might interpret it.
For you and I this means that those promises He has made, He will keep. It may not occur according to our timetable and preference, but will come to pass precisely as He has ordained. As we are often reminded, He is never late, never early but always on time. Let us rest in that knowledge; He will fulfill what He has ordained.
Blessings and Shalom,