Good evening y’all. It has been a busy day for me and I have struggled to find the time to write the blog :(. I guess its one of those days or perhaps poor time management on my side 😦 but thanks be to God, He sent me a helper in the form of a friend who emailed me what I am about to share in todays blog.
We are looking at Exodus 12 and I pray you are blessed as you read. Amen
Exodus 12:2 NLT : “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you”.
The day we give our lives to Christ is the day we start living; it’s the start of something new, just like the day the word of the Lord came to Moses about the Passover was to be the beginning of their calendar.
Exodus 12:5 NLT: “The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects”.
The lamb had to have attained a certain maturity. Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, had been given the time for Him to be sacrificed as well (1 Peter 1: 20). Indeed in all He did, timing was essential (see John 2:4; John 7:6.). The Lord was particular about it back then in Egypt and was the same with the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus.
Also, the lamb of Passover had to be without defect. The perfection of the sacrifice was important ( Ex 12: 46) and instruction was given as to what species to sacrifice: sheep or goat. Similarly, the lineage of our Lord, Jesus was not obscure. His perfection was in mind body and spirit, and even in death, He was complete: without any broken bones (John 19:32-36).
Exodus 12:11 NLT: “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the lord ’s Passover.
Eat in readiness for the deliverance of the Lord. Your heart’s expectation should be manifested physically as well. See verses 31 to 34 and 39: the children of Israel started to leave from the night of the Passover.
“During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing”.(Exodus 12:31-34 NIV)
“With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves”.(Exodus 12:39 NIV)
There was no time to prepare to leave. The Lord’s deliverance is true and quick in His time.
Exodus 12:14 NLT : “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the lord . This is a law for all time”.
The Lord does not want us to forget His mighty works: especially those performed in our lives. He does not want us to forget the manner by which He delivered us. It should be a lasting ordinance to the generations to come. We should celebrate His salvation. There truly is joy in the salvation of the Lord. Imagine the joy that filled the hearts of the Israelites when they were set free after many years of slavery.
So let us not forget what God did for us (mankind) on the cross at Calvary. He has not forgotten how He had to forsake His only begotten Son, Jesus (Matt 27:46); and He does not want us to forget that. This ordinance placed upon Israel during their liberation from bondage is similar to what should be in our hearts always: express the joy of your salvation from sin, death and eternal condemnation.
Exodus 12:26 NIV: And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’
My attention was drawn to two phrases in this verse: ‘this ceremony’ and ‘to you’.
What is this ceremony? Why do you remember what the Lord has done in saving you? Why do you ponder upon the way(s) by which He delivered you? Why do you rejoice in and solemnize the day of your salvation even more than the say you were born to this earth?
Also, what does it all mean to you? TO YOU! Not to anyone else, but YOU! Do you appreciate the salvation wrought upon the cross for your sake? Do you appreciate the blood that has been shed for your sake?
In conclusion, Just as Egypt was given as a ransom for Israel as seen in Isaiah 43:3 which says “For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead”, Jesus Christ was given as a ransom for you and I. 1 Peter 1: 18-20 makes this very clear.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake“.
So today, let us be grateful and thankful for the price that was paid for our salvation and as a sign of our appreciation to God, let us offer our lives to him as a pleasing sacrifice.
Thank you for joining today
Have a wonderful night rest 🙂
***With God all things are possible***