In Exodus 12, the Lord begins to speak to Moses and Aaron in regards to the preparation that is about to take place.
Exodus 12:5 (AMP)
Your lamb or kid shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; you shall take it from the sheep or the goats.
The house of Israel was being instructed to take the specified animal, prepare to kill it, and use its’ blood for protection for what was about to occur.
God was very specific on the details of the handling of the lamb and the instructions on what to do with it.
When the Lord gives us details and instructions, it’s crucial to follow them exactly. Any deviance may cause us to miss a wonderful blessing.
Exodus 12:3 (AMP)
Tell all the congregation of Israel, On the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb or kid, according to [the size of] the family of which he is the father, a lamb or kid for each house.
As I was reading the scripture above, I asked myself, “Why the tenth day?” After conducting research on the number 10, it was very interesting to take note of the significance.
10 = Jod. Like a new birth; Life is transformed and continues on to a higher level.
Jod means “hand.” It specifically symbolizes “the hand at rest” because God has provided and prepared everything we need.
Another meaning of Jod is “law and responsibility.” The Ten Commandments made up the Law of God. There were ten plagues in Egypt. The tithe (Malachi 3:10) represents a tenth of our earnings. Genesis contains the phrase “God said” ten times concerning his creation.
JOD is a symbol of what exists in a steady state, continuity.
God was about to bring the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt and was taking them into a new way of life; a new birth, beginning.
We, too, have the opportunity to have a new birth through Christ; a new beginning. We can have a fresh start regardless of how our past looks like. As we start a new year of 2010, why not give something back to the Lord. Let’s be kinder towards others, spend some time with the Lord, and re-focus our attention to the Father in Heaven. We have a hurting world and if we look around, there are so many opportunities to die to self and move into how God wants us to be. Come as you are and let the Lord do the rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
He will remove the burdens that you carry over your shoulders day in and day out. He will give you rest amidst all the storms. Yes, rest and peace exists even when it seems that your surrounding is falling apart.
If you look at the story starting in Mathew 8:23, when Jesus was in the boat with the disciples, He was knocked out sleeping while the waves were pounding against the boat. The disciples were frantic and didn’t know what to do. Jesus didn’t wake up to see what was going on. They had to wake him up from that deep sleep He was in and tell Him what was happening. The disciples thought they were going to perish.
Now, if we read from the beginning of Mathew 8, we can see how busy Jesus was as He was doing God’s work on Earth. When it was time to lie down and rest, He was able to close his eyes and enjoy a good nap. If we look at the story, we can say to ourselves, “How good of a nap could you take on a boat?” Some of us are light sleepers or have insomnia. How could this be possible? It’s possible my brethren! Jesus didn’t allow the burdens of life to consume Him. There is a time for everything. He didn’t allow the yoke to choke Him. We have to remember that, yes, He was Jesus, but He was in a man’s body. He experienced everything we go through. So, if He could rest and have peace, so could we.
Let’s meditate on this and make appropriate changes to better our mind, body, and soul for the New Year. Remember, when we take care of ourselves, we’re not the only ones who benefit. Everyone who surrounds us benefits as well.
Happy New Year and may this be the year to explode for Jesus!