Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Passover Lamb

The Passover Illustration

The Passover is a time to celebrate the Hebrews exit from enslavement in Egypt.  It is a deeply symbolic time.  Exodus 1-14 explains the scene. 

-Hebrews (Hiksos- as understood by archaeologists today) were put into an incubator in Egypt for 400 years.  Eventually they were treated harshly.  They cried out to the Lord for help.
-Exodus 3- The Lord raises up Moses, and anoints him to deliver God's chosen people group.
-Exodus 4-10- Moses nervously, yet faithfully confronts Pharaoh with The Lord's messages.  Pharaoh hardens his heart & eventually The Lord hardens Pharaoh's heart.
Exodus 11-13 The Passover/Plague of the Firstborn and release of the Hebrew people. 

Requirements of the Passover-
1. New calendar- this is now the first month, a new life.
2. Take a lamb for each household, if too small for a lamb, you can share with a neighbor.
3. The lamb must be a year old, without defect (from the sheep or goats)
4. Take care of the lambs until the 14th of the month & then, with your whole household, slaughter the lamb at twilight
5. Take some of the lamb's blood and put it on your doorframe.
6. Eat the lamb meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
7. Do not eat the lamb meat raw or boiled in water, but roast the lamb over a fire-with the head, legs, and internal organs.
8. Do not leave any of it until morning; if some is left over until morning, you must burn it.
9. Eat it with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand.
10. Eat the lamb in haste; it is the Lord's Passover.

This is a festival to the Lord that is to be celebrated as a lasting ordinance. 

What happened 12:12-13
"On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt.  I am the LORD.  The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will tough you when I strike Egypt."

The blood of the lamb
The blood of the lamb was a sign of their faith.  That they were God's people. 
And whoever put the blood of the lamb on the door was passed over (Passover) and saved from the wrath of The Lord.

This brings me to another Passover lamb.  John the Baptist calls Jesus, "THE Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." (John 1:29)
Jesus is God's perfect Passover lamb, who was also an unblemished male. He shed His blood upon   two wood beams.  Anyone who accepts His sacrifice, accepts the blood on his/her account; anyone who "puts the blood" over the entrance to their heart will also be saved, spiritually. 
God's judgment, His wrath, will pass over you. 

Will you say to Jesus, "Jesus, I want you to protect me from God's judgment that is coming.  I take your blood and put it on the door of my heart, so that I may be saved, cleansed, washed, freed, protected.  Like the Hebrews, I want to be free spiritually.  Free to worship and enjoy eternal life with you."?  If you do this, Jesus will gladly spiritually apply His blood on the doorposts of your heart on your behalf.  And you will be saved. 

In street terms-
God knows you sin.
God loves you very much.
God's judgment will come.
He wants you to advert this.
And that is why He sent Jesus,  That anyone who takes Jesus as savior and lord may be saved.
Are you covered by the blood of the lamb?