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The Passover commemorate God‘s deliverance of Israel from slavery, symbolizes New beginnings

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Exodus 12: The Passover

Before the last plague/Exodus, Lord had instituted the Passover. Verse 5: ”Lamb without blemish…”
The Passover commemorate God‘s d
eliverance of Israel from slavery, But it also pointed to the coming Deliverer and savior of all people: Jesus Christ.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
“For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”: 1 Corinthians 5:7
“but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” :  1 peter 1:19

The Passover lamb had to be:
1)   Without blemish

2)   Male
3)   Young
4)   To be examined
5)   Slain in public
6)   None of its bone to be broken
7)   Blood as a sign that God would Passover and not destroy the family first born

Jesus :
1)     Sinless and perfect

2)     In humanity, male
3)     And young
4)     He lived a examined life
5)     He died publicly
6)     Not one his bones was broken – John 19:36 
7)     Blood of Jesus: Through his blood and death only we are saved of coming judgment.

Reference to 7th point :
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. “: Romans 5:9
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ”. : Ephesians 2:13
“in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”:  Colossians 1:14
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”: Hebrews 9:22
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,”:  Hebrews 10:19
“elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ”: 1 Peter 1:2

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 john 1:7
“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” :  Revelation 1:5
“So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”:  Revelation 7:14

Thus in all respects, Jesus fulfilled the divinely ordained prophetic picture. He is our pass over lamb.

~varun

The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still Exodus.14:14

Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years.(Exodus 12:40) God saw the misery of his people, heard their cry and decided to deliver them from their bondage in Egypt and to take them to the promised land. (Exodus 3:7-10). God called Moses to deliver God's people from the bondage of Pharaoh. He was really scared and tried his best not to venture for this big task... Finally he agreed to obey the Lord. (Exodus 3,4.)

Pharaoh was very upset about the request of Moses to allow all the Israelites to go to the desert to worship their God. He hardened his heart and tried his best not to heed their request. (Exodus 5). God sent 10 different plagues on the Egyptians. (Exod.7-11). Finally Pharaoh allowed them to go to sacrifice to their God in the desert. (Exodus 12:31,32).

Later when Pharaoh realized that all the Isrealites left for good, he decided to go after them to bring them back. (Exodus 14:5-9).

Isrealites were camping near the red sea. Infront of them is the vast and deep sea. When they turned back, they saw the huge army of Pharaoh marching after them with hundreds of chariots, horsemen and thousands of army officers fully equipped to do anything on them.

A. Response of people to God
1. They were terrified.
2. They cried out to the Lord.

B. Response of people to Moses. Exodus 14:11,12.
1.You brought us to the desert to die? Exodus 14:11.
2. What have you done to us?
3. You brought us out of Egypt against our wish.
4. It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than to die on the desert.

C. Response of Moses to Isrealites. Exodus 14:13,14.
1. Do not be afraid.
2. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.
3. You will never see your enemy again. (The last chance to see the Egyptian enemies.)
4. The LORD will fight for you.
5. You need only to be still.

(No need to do anything. When God is doing the needed, He don't want us to do anything. He is powerful enough to help us, without our help.)

We can see what God is doing to His people.

He asked His servant Moses to raise his staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Isrealites can go through the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:16.

What happened to the enemies?
Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. Exodus 14:30.

Friends, are you going through terrifying problems Problems which you think is going to finish you?

I have gone through many such experiences.

GOD is telling us today.1. Do not be afraid. 2.Stand firm. 3. See the deliverance which the Lord will bring you today.4. God will deliver you from your problems.5. The Lord will fight for you.

Rev.C.V.Abraham.


Exodus 12, which explains the Passover and its significance in detail, spells out very clearly what the Passover was all about. To begin with it is similar to the breaking of bread which the Lord Jesus Himself instituted while having the Last Supper with His disciples, as recorded John 13.

The partaking of the Passover symbolized New beginnings, vs 2. This one year old male lamb (which could be either a sheep or a goat) had to be slain and its blood had to be applied on the 2 side posts and top door frame of their houses, vs 7, which was symbolic of what the blood of Christ does for us when we repent of our sins and confess Him as our Lord and Savior and invite Him to abide in our hearts through His Holy Spirit, believing that God has raised Him from the dead, Romans 10: 9,10. This blood washes away our past sins, that we confess and forsake, and gives us a new beginning, thus breaking the power of 'Egypt' (sin) over our lives as we cast out the old leaven, (the yeast of vice and evil), and partake of the bread without yeast, (the bread of sincerity and truth), 1 Corinthians 5:7,8. Nothing of the Passover lamb had to be left over for the next day and it had to be eaten in a hurry, Exodus 12:10,11, symbolizing that repentance of sin and moving out of Satan's hold must not be something that we delay or procrastinate!

It was only as they obeyed this ordinance implicitly, that the angel of death would pass over them and they would be made fit to enter into freedom and life, vs 12,13. They had to celebrate this festival every year in order to remind themselves, as well as, tell their children what it meant. For 7 days of this festival, no yeast had to be eaten or found in their houses, symbolizing the absolute putting away of all sin!

And, if this ordinance was not obeyed, then the concerned person would be cut off from among God's people vs 14,15,19! That is how seriously we who partake of the 'breaking of bread' need to take the putting away of all sin from our lives, through heartfelt repentance and cleansing by the blood of Christ. On the first and seventh day no work could be done, except for the preparation of the meal, symbolizing that this deliverance from sin is not the result of our own effort, but purely the grace and mercy of God over the lives of all those who chose to partake of it, vs 16. Finally no foreigner, or one native born, or a hired worker could eat of it, unless they were circumcised! This meant that unless one was determined to put off the flesh and unless one desired to finish off with sin in their lives, they could not partake of this meal, vs 43-49!

In short, it made very clear that although God, loves the sinner immensely, yet He takes sin very seriously and unless we have the same attitude towards sin as God does, and desire to put it away at all costs, we cannot partake of the sacrifice that Christ became for us in a worthy manner, and so pass out from eternal death into eternal life, which is signified by the breaking of bread! Partaking of it without the right attitude can bring sickness, judgment and death to us according to 1 Corinthians 11:27-31. In the light of all these truths, let us determine to partake of the same in a worthy manner and experience it to be the 'cup of blessing' to us, even as God intended it to be!

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai,
India.

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