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 Israelites were to kill a lamb or kid without blemish and it had to be one when they were only a year old. In reading Exodus 12 completely, we will notice many similarities of the Lamb, Jesus, and how we benefit today as His people.
|Specifically chosen without blemish||Specifically chosen by God without blemish||Jesus loves us and chooses us as His people. God sees us without blemish because Jesus serves as our mediator|
|A male lamb had to be chosen||Jesus is a male who serves as our High Priest||Husbands serve as the head of his household; the High Priest of the home. Similarly, the first male born in the family can also serve in this same position|
|The lamb served as a symbol of bringing God’s people back to Him – Unity||Jesus dying on the Cross allowed us to have salvation through Grace and forgiveness of our transgressions||Jesus dying on the Cross allowed us to be one with God through Jesus Christ|
I Peter 1:19-20 (AMP)
19But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot. 20It is true that He was chosen and foreordained (destined and foreknown for it) before the foundation of the world, but He was brought out to public view (made manifest) in these last days (at the end of the times) for the sake of you.
Other Similarities of the lamb in Exodus 12 and Jesus:
|The lamb was to be killed on the 14th of the month in the evening
|Jesus died on the evening before the Sabbath Matt. (27:46-50)||The lamb represented a sign of protection and life for the Israelites. Jesus represents forgiveness of sins, a new life in Him and so much more (Matt. 26:28, Heb. 9:14)Blood = Life|
|The blood of the lamb was to be put on the side posts & on the lintel over the doorway of the entrance of everyone’s home||Jesus hung on the Cross as His blood seeped through the wood He was hung on|
The Israelites partook in the Passover dinner and followed instructions exactly.
What a night this must have been for them! Preparing, eating, more preparation, and then, waiting for the Lord to hover over them to get to Egypt. Could you imagine the anticipation as the night was drawing nearer as the clock got closer to midnight, and knowing catastrophe would hit the Egyptian nation?
Was there silence or commotion going on in the households? Were people asleep or awake? What would God do next? The Israelites were getting step by step instructions of what was going to happen. They had to wait for that next instruction. I can imagine a night of much mixed emotions; “Did I do everything the way I was supposed to? Will God honor what we did in the household?” I can just imagine how the heads of the households were feeling. He was responsible for his family and a lot of pressure was given unto him. I can envision the husband watching over his eldest child; “will he be spared?” This would be a night that this generation would never forget.
As the night progressed and the clock ticked at midnight, the Lord got closer and closer to the households of the nation of Israel . He sees the lamb’s blood and knows that this is untouched grounds for Him. He moves closer to the Egyptians and takes the lives of the firstborn of everything; man and livestock. There were none to be spared.
As Pharaoh awakens in the night to check on his household, he sees before his very eyes what Moses claimed would happen; his son dead. As he investigates further; all firstborn are dead of every kind. He finally heeds to Moses’ request and allows Moses to leave Egypt so they can serve their Lord.
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and we, too, get hardened in certain situations because we want things our way and not how God wants it. Does it take us ten times to realize that our way is not going to benefit ourselves or anyone around us? Or do we obey immediately, listen, heed to the instructions, and move into action on what the Lord is saying?
What do we expect to benefit on Earth, when this is not our permanent home? Aren’t we here to build God’s Kingdom? Begin or strengthen our relationship with Him and move in His walk? Let’s not get carried away with the cares of this world. Because when we do, we get bombarded with so much. We begin to push the Lord out of our lives and fill it with unnecessary things. Plead the blood of Jesus over your life so you can see how He will work it all out. Readjust your priorities even if it means to give up things. I guarantee you when you put it aside and start doing what God wants you to do, fulfillment will come, joy and peace will come, a calm will overwhelm you that you know it’s ONLY through the Holy Spirit working in and through you.
Don’t disappoint Jesus by not accepting and receiving the gifts He has to offer you! He didn’t go through the process of getting knocked down, beaten up, and hung on the Cross for nothing. He did it for His precious people. He wants to see all of us one day in Heaven so we enjoy our fellowship with Him. For now, we have to endure a little pain, trial, and tribulation. But just as Jesus endured much, He had the privilege to see His Father again and sit on His right side and enjoy the rewards. Come on, people! Let’s wake up in 2010 and show the Lord that He didn’t waste His time or His life. He’s anxious and waiting to enter into your life and become one with you.
Matthew 7:7-8 (AMP)
7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.