Monday, November 20, 2006

Exodus 12 "The Lamb and Christ"

Exodus 12: 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..."

A token according to webster is a small part representing the whole. An outward sign.

He goes on with other words which we could follow through on to find perhaps a deeper meaning of the word.

We have, however, reached an unavoidable truth. The blood of the passover and the passover lamb is a token of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. You will notice the blood on the sidepost representing his hands. Also the blood on the upper post representing the blood caused by the crown of thorns. I can visualize some dropping to the ground representing his feet as they were pierced. Christ was the lamb without blemish.

Israel is God's chosen people and hold a high position in his plan's. As I've said, they were the mother nation carrying the child Jesus Christ until the time was right for him to be delivered as a sacrifice for the world. Since the garden, however, humanity has had a blood disease of sorts. Humanity has a sin nature. Israel had that disease and as we will find out were prone to sin by nature. So, the blood was applied as a token of a sacrifice for their sins. Had the blood not been applied, the firstborn of their households would have been caught in the judgment which covered the entire land of Egypt.

The writer of Hebrews goes into great detail explaining how the blood of animals could not do away with sin but were a token of what was to come. The lamb of God was to complete the task that the blood of animals could only represent. Hebrews 9:13 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

Remember the story of Abraham when he went up to offer Isaac on the altar? Abraham said by faith that God would provide himself a sacrifice. Genesis 22:8 "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together." Then in verse 13 " And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns..." God did provide HIMSELF a lamb.

So, this blood which delivered the firstborn of the children of Israel is a token of the blood that is shed for the whole world.

Psalm 3:5 "I laid me down and slept; i awaked; for the Lord sustained me."

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