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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Exodus 12:1-13(NASB)
1 Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 "This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a lamb for each household. 4 'Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. 5 'Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 'You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. 7 'Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 'They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 'Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. 10 'And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 'Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste--it is the LORD'S Passover. 12 'For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments--I am the LORD. 13 'The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
It isn't an accident that Jesus was crucified during Passover week. It helped that Passover brought all devout Jews to Jerusalem and that His death and resurrection would be news around the region, but also that He takes the place of the Passover lamb. He's unblemished; one of the reasons that a mere man couldn't be the Messiah was that He had to be perfect. His blood protects us from God's wrath. It is the blood of the lamb that protected the Hebrews from the killing of the firstborn. It's the blood of the Lamb that protects us today from an eternity away from God. That blood wasn't placed in secret-it was applied to the doorposts for the world to see. We need to apply the blood publicly as well, to let the world know that we are spoken for. As Jews remember how God got them out of Egypt this week, Christians remember how God got us off the highway to Hell this week as well.

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