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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
January 15, 2019
Central Passage
Exodus 12:1-13
Description

When's the last time you responded to God's love? When's the last time you let others know about your relationship with God? The Passover is more than just a meal. It is proof of God's love for us and our love for Him.

Exodus 12:1-13

Love that is reciprocated.

The Jews had 2 calendars, a civil calendar that began in our Sept-Oct and a religious calendar that begins in our March-April. God based their calendar on Theology. At the beginning of each year they would celebrate their redemption. Everything in their life beginnings with celebrating God’s salvation and their continued sanctification in God. It is also a reminder that we belong to God. He purchased us.

God is teaching them to link even their measuring of time to His calling on their lives.

V3&1 Even before Mount Sinai God establishes that the spiritual leaders, levities, are supposed to not only follow the Law, but have a duty to teach the law.

3-4 They must be instructed to eat the meal as households, not as individuals. They are to eat of a single animal so as not to waste, nor give the option of not eating. If your household is small in numbers, then join in with your neighbors in sharing the meat. This not only prevents waste, but also overeating.

They took the lamb on the 10th day and ate on the 14th day. Why do you suppose there were 3 days in which they had to care for the lamb?

It had to be without blemish, an offering of a blemished animal was an abomination.

They had to kill it at twilight. The eating began during the night.

Prime the pump with water

V7 Shows that the person putting the blood on the posts believes God. They have taken God at His word. So Israel escaped judgement through this sacrifice, and salvation was accomplished by faith in the substitute. This is important, it is not the life of the lamb, but the blood of the lamb that matters. Christ’s life set an example for us but living like Jesus doesn’t save us. Only the blood of the lamb can do that. They used hyssop branches to apply the blood. Our faith maybe as flimsy and weak as those branches, but it is not our faith in us that saves, it is faith in Christ.

V8-11 God instructs them as to how they should eat the meal.

Roasted not boiled, to boil the lamb would require breaking the bones to make it fit. It would also cause the flesh to separate from the bone. To eat it you would remove the bones.

The Bitter herbs were to remind them of the pain of their bondage/sin. Later on as the years passed by they forgot about this bitterness and ultimately the greatness of God’s salvation.

Thomas Watson said, “Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet!”

This was no ordinary meal, so they burned the leftovers.

They ate while dressed to leave. This was not a very tasty meal on purpose. God wanted them to see the need to taste of Christ and then depart from Sin immediately!

V12-13 The Powerful Judgement of God on Egypt and sin.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 the Wages of sin is death.

Exodus 34:6-7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

How is it that God is going to punish, judge every sin and yet love us? There has to be a way to pay for our sins.

Genesis 22:7-8 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Sin, not sins, Why? The sins of your life all come from the sin of unbelief. We are unwilling to give God the glory and are unthankful for who He is. Christ has come to remove the sin of unbelief. Your unbelief has led to your anger, controlling, backstabbing, selfishness, entitlement, hate, cursing, lust, adultery, abuse of substances, following false gods, etc.

Jesus of Nazareth is the lamb of God who has come to take away our sin. Come to bear our sin, guilt, and the wrath of His father that was due to us.

Jesus was killed at a young age like the lamb, Jesus was examined and was found to be without blemish.

2 Cor. 5:21 says He knew no sin

1 Peter 2:22 says he did no sin

1 John 3:5 says he had no sin in Him. He didn’t know it, do it, or have it.

Jesus should be received when we are willing to leave our sin/bondage behind and turn to follow Christ.

It is not the life of Christ that saves us but the blood of Christ that was shed on the Cross. Hebrews 9:22 without shedding of blood is no remission of sins.

Jesus of Nazareth is your substitute. He paid the price for your sins, will you believe God’s promise to remove your sins and apply the blood of Christ to your hearts today?

Do you believe God’s promise to judge every sin? Do you believe His promise that through Christ you can be forgiven of all your sins? It was Jesus who was crucified for our sins on the cross, buried, and rose again on the third day. See that Jesus is greater than sin, greater than death, greater than any false god!

A missionary in Kenya told the story of a young girl named Monica that fell into a pit. An older woman came along and climbed into the pit to help the girl when a black mamba snake appeared and bit both of them. Monica was taken to the hospital, the older woman was taken home where she never opened her eyes again. You see the older woman protected the girl. All of the venom was found in her and none in the system of Monica. This is what Jesus has done for us listener. Christ has taken all the venom of our sin, the difference is that after dying Christ had the power to rise again. Do you believe in Him?

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