The Passover Lamb

 

The institution of the Passover for the people of Moses.  Notice all the parallels to Christ here, I believe we should recognize the true meaning of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.  Remember, it was during the Passover that he was crucified.  That was certainly no accident.  He was given as an all time sacrifice for the Jewish people right at the time when they were celebrating their most holy sacrifice of the Passover lamb, substituting himself as the ultimate Passover lamb of God.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.  Just as our calendar was reset by the coming of Jesus the Messiah, so was the Jewish calendar reset by the Passover, their rescue by God from bondage to Egypt.  
Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.   Of course we know that sacrifice had to be made for sin.  The Israelites were sinners just like the Egyptians, this was how their sins were made right before God.  
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.  The lamb had to be without blemish…just as our ultimate sin sacrifice, Jesus Christ, had to be without the blemish of sin.  A perfect male a year old.  A year old would have the prime of life for this sacrificial lamb, just as Jesus was taken right at his prime.  And notice how the lamb was taken on the tenth say of the month and held until the fourteenth day.  So the lamb must be separated 4 days from the rest of the flock before sacrifice, equaling the time Jesus spent between his capture until his ultimate innocence would be declared to the world!!
They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.   Roasted on fire with unleavened bread – the meal needed to be ready quickly.  The bitter herbs are a reminder of the suffering in Egypt, and the ultimate sinful nature of man.
Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts.  This sacrifice was to be roasted whole, without a bone broken – again parallel to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice so many years later.
In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.  The Lord was commanding them to be ready to go once He finished taking care of business this night!!  This was not to be eaten slowly and enjoyed.  There was a purpose in these instructions from God!!  Once the Passover was done, Gods people would be in a mission – they had an Exodus to make!
I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.  There is no sin atonement without a blood sacrifice.  Just as Moses’ people were covered (or protected) by the sacrificial blood on their tent posts or doorframes on the night of Passover, we are covered and protected by the blood of Jesus Christ dying on the cross, giving his blood as the sacrifice for our sins…
 

“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:1-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/exo.12.1-13.esv
 
 
 
 

John Lewis

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