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The Lamb of God – Part 4

 

 

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron:
“This month will be the very first month of the year for you.
Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth day of this month each man must take a lamb for his family.
 Your lamb must be a one-year-old male that has no defects.
Take care of it until the fourteenth day of this month.
Then at dusk, all the assembled people of Israel must slaughter their animals.
They must take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames
of the houses where they will eat the animals.

On that same night I will go throughout Egypt and kill every firstborn male,
I will severely punish all the gods of Egypt, because I am the Lord.

But the blood on your houses will be a sign for your protection.
When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
Nothing will touch or destroy you when I strike Egypt.

 

For 430 years (Exodus 12:40)  Israel groaned (Exodus 1:14) under cruel Egyptian bondage. God heard their cries for help (Exodus 2:23-25) and devised a plan of deliverance. (Exodus 3:7-8)

 

The first step was to choose a leader. Moses was the man. (Exodus 3:10)

 

 

 

 

The second element: Moses would confront Pharaoh with ten plagues of ravishing destruction, the tenth of which was the final blow: at midnight every first born human and animal would be eliminated. (Exodus 11:4-6)

 

 

 

The third component involved the community of Israel. They were instructed to slaughter a lamb without defects. The blood that flowed (cf. The Lamb of God – Part 2) should be applied to the door frame of each Israeli residence.

 

The result? Because of the blood applied, the people would be ransomed and redeemed … set free from the bondage of destruction and death. They would journey to a new life. God would protect them. Nothing would be able to touch them.

Centuries later, that which was pointed to in the original Passover became reality in the Lamb of God. As the Jewish people were slaughtering symbols in the Temple at Jerusalem, the Reality was being crucified (slaughtered) outside the city on a Cross. As the blood flowed, you were being rescued from bondage to the penalty and power of sin. (1 Peter 1:18-19) There the gates of a New Life were unlocked for you. There also, a divine protection policy was purchased such that nothing can touch you other than that which will promote the Creator’s original design for your life.I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8:38-39)

There is but one, crucial ingredient! Just as the Jews had to apply the blood of the slaughtered lamb to the entrance of their homes, you must also apply the blood of the Lamb of God to the entrance of your heart; no payment required, just faith. Have you accepted the Gift?

 

 

Meal of Life – The supper of Jesus

 

Blessed are those invited to the Supper of the Lamb.
Revelation 19:9

Memorial Day was birthed in May of 1865 by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina. They visited a cemetery for Union soldiers, decorating their graves to Remember: FREEDOM is not FREE!

Israel received this instruction for the eve of their liberation: “Each Jewish man is to take a lamb for his family and slaughter it at dusk. He must take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the house in which his family will eat the meat, along with bread. This will be a memorial day for you….” (Exodus 12:1-12)  Remember: FREEDOM is not FREE!

On the eve of his crucifixion Jesus took bread. When He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take this bread and eat it. This is my body which is broken for you. Do this to remember Me.’ After supper, He took the cup. He said, ‘This cup is the New Way of Relationship between God and you via my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it to remember Me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25) . Remember: FREEDOM is not FREE!

“Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again” (1Corinthians 11:26). Jesus will return with the Father’s new production, “a new heaven and a new earth.”(Revelation 21:1)  Here’s Act One: “Then I heard the sound of many people. ‘Let us be full of joy, for the time has come for the wedding supper of the Lamb. Those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb are happy.”(Revelation 19:6-10FREEDOM is not FREE!

Guess what? YOU’RE invited! Just RSVP to Jesus!

 

Snapshots of the Cross in the Old Testament—exodus to freedom

God said to Moses, “This month is to be the first month of the year for you. Each man is to take a one year old lamb without defect. On the fourteenth day slaughter it at dusk. Take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which you will eat it. You are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire, along with bread, made without yeast. Here is how you are to eat it: Be fully dressed with your sandals on and your stick in your hand. I will go through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt. The blood will serve as a sign on the houses where you live. When I see the blood I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12:1-14) 

JUNE 6, 1944—Like a megaphone one event, the Normandy Invasion, echoed across every enslaved country: “Freedom is Coming! The bondage of Hitler ended in less than a year. Israel had been in brutal bondage for 430 years. Their “Exodus to Freedom” began on Passover when Pharaoh was forced to release his choke hold on the Jews.

lambThe focus of the Passover was a lamb without defect. On the 14th day it was to be slaughtered; its blood drained and its body prepared for roasting over fire. The blood was to be applied to the door frame. The roasted lamb was to be eaten with unleavened bread. Finally, the Jews were to be outfitted for traveling.

At midnight on the 15th day God struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt including the firstborn of Pharaoh. There wasn’t a house in which someone wasn’t dead” (Exodus 12:29-32)However, every household displaying the blood of the lamb was passed over. “Pharaoh called in Moses that very night and said, ‘Get out of here—you and your Israelites!’” (Exodus 12:31)

Scripture teaches Jesus died at the 9th hour (3 P.M.) on the Preparation Day which was the 14th day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar.  It was in the afternoon of the 14th of the first month that the lambs were slaughtered and prepared for the eating of the Passover. It is apparent Jesus died at the very time the lambs were being killed for eating of the Passover. Jesus fulfilled the typology of the Passover lambs in becoming the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world.” (Theological Perspectives)

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb” (1 Peter 1:18-21). At the Cross of Jesus, the Passover Lamb, God began His Normandy Invasion of enemy occupied territory, thus making possible an “Exodus to Freedom” for anyone. That’s right, ANYONE!

So, here’s the question: have you applied the blood of Jesus to the doorway of your heart? By faith have you connected with Jesus?