Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Greetings Friends,

Do we remember and do we faithfully reflect upon all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us? Consider briefly this Old Testament Bible story for personal reflection of the sacrificial death of the Son of God.

Exodus 12:1-14 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.

I am confident that Moses was listening very carefully; confident that he would be able to follow these instructions. I wonder if he considered as God was giving these instructions how precious this little lamb would become to the children, as well as to the adults that were in the home. This innocent lamb would be kept in the home from the 10th day of the month until the 14th day.

Then they would be required to kill the lamb, to eat its meat and to strike the door posts of the house with its blood. Moses might have thought all of this to be quite unusual, but I believe that he was confident that he could handle these instructions. But the Lord continues in HIS discourse.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

Can you imagine the shock and the fear that must have gripped the heart of Moses at that moment. "Lord, If I fail to properly communicate this message Or, if the people fail to follow these instructions, whether out of rebellion, unbelief or simply slothfulness, the 1st born child of that home will die." That is right Moses, you must give this message of deliverance to the people. Judgment and deliverance will come by way of the blood. I don't believe that Moses left God until he was absolutly confident that he had all of the details down pat. I am sure there was a confidence in his heart, but I believe as he called the people together there was also a brokenness in his heart. But Moses very carefully and very clearly communicated God's instructions to HIS people. I can just imagine a crowd of people surrounding Moses as he finishes his instructions.

"Moses let me make sure that I have this right."

"It's the 10th day until the 14th day, Is that right Moses?" Yes that's right.

"A male lamb of the 1st year, without blemish, is that right Moses?" Yes, that's right.

"We are to slay the lamb on the 14th day, is that right Moses?" Yes, that's right.

I can also see a father with brokenness and fear in his heart coming to Moses and saying. Moses, I have watched God pour his wrath and judgement upon the Egyptians with these last plagues, and I know that God is real and that I have been living in sin and rebellion against God. I'm sorry Moses! I am so sorry, but Moses will my son die?

"My friend, put the blood on the door posts of your house and your son will be spared."

There was no small stir flowing through the land of Goshen that day as the children of Israel prepared themselves for the Passover. The fear of God was upon them. They saw the judgments of God They knew that if they failed to obey the word of God they would loose their first born child. They slew an innocent lamb. We slew an innocent God. Does that cause us to tremble? Does that cause us to have a holy fear of God and a holy hatred of sin? Grace is amazing and HIS love is more than tongue can tell. But my question to all of us this day is this: Do we seek to walk in the fear of the LORD being grateful for all that HE has done for us through HIS beloved Son?

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