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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?

 

 

Christ and creation—Jesus: the tool of construction

Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24)

In the last post in this series, we learned that whereas the Father “is the ultimate source of all things,” Jesus is the Father’s construction agent. The obvious next question is: how did Jesus do it? How exactly did He construct the cosmos? What did He use to get the job done? The answer is simple but exceedingly profound.

God is the One Who used His power and made the earth. He used His wisdom and built the world” (Jeremiah 10:12). The foundation of what IS … is God’s power and wisdom. I suspect that you understand the word “power.” Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki? However, the word “wisdom” is a bit more difficult to grasp, especially from the Hebrew perspective. We’re more acquainted with “knowledge,” the accumulation of facts and figures.

So, check this out: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have specifically chosen Bezalel. I have giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is able to design pieces to be made from gold, silver, and bronze, to cut jewels and put them in metal, to carve wood, and to do all kinds of work. He’s a master at every craft!’” Bezalel’s profile captures the meaning of wisdom. Get the point?

Now, here’s profundity—“Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” As Father’s construction agent, Jesus himself is God’s power and wisdom at work in building and sustaining the universe. Just as the Sistine Chapel is a display of Michelangelo, the Creation is a grand display of Jesus! The material world is jam packed with His power and wisdom!

mandarin duckMeister Eckhart said: “Every creature is a word of God.” Here’s an illustration: a mandarin duck. What you observe in design and coloration is a display of Jesus, the Word! Perhaps we should learn to utter this simple prayer of Michelangelo: “Lord, make me see Thy glory in every place.”