By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
This all started back in May with a podcast sermon that was based on this passage from Hebrews.
You may have heard sermons in the past comparing the Passover in Egypt with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of the summer, I heard three.
An archived message from a pastor who is already in heaven just happened to complement another pastor’s message that was on Youtube a few weeks before. Both of those corresponded with my current pastor’s sermon that same week.
None were exactly the same, but they were intermingled:
- You must make it known where you stand and refuse any former way of life that contradicts following Christ.
- You cannot hide the lamb’s blood from your doorposts.
Speaking of Moses, did anyone else believe The Ten Commandments movie was the real story?
For those of us who were in Moses 101 – read Exodus, chapter 2.
I was probably in my late twenties before I started to read and understand the Bible, how Moses was born, and the journey that brought him back to being the leader of the Israelites.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the movie and you get to use your imagination for a visual of the events (which is always good for me).
One of the first things I learned (that blew my mind) was how the plagues weren’t just random plagues.
God took the false Egyptian gods, and turned around and used them to inflict the plagues with a VERY, personal meaning.
He made it clear to Pharaoh and everyone else there was only One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I AM.
- Hapi – Egyptian God of the Nile (water bearer) = Egyptian Plague – Water in the Nile River turned to blood
- Heket – Egyptian Goddess of Fertility (had the head of a frog) = Egyptian Plague – Frogs coming from the Nile River
- Geb – Egyptian God of the Earth (was over the dust of the earth) = Egyptian Plague – Lice from the dust of the earth
- Khepri – Egyptian God of creation (had the head of a fly) = Egyptian Plague – Swarms of Flies
- Hathor – Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection (depicted with the head of a cow) = Egyptian Plague – Death of Cattle and Livestock
- Isis – Egyptian Goddess of Medicine and Peace = Egyptian Plague – Boils and Sores
- Nut – Egyptian Goddess of the Sky = Egyptian Plague – Hail rained down in the form of fire
- Seth – Egyptian God of Storms and Disorder = Egyptian Plague – Locusts sent from the sky
- Ra – The Sun God = Egyptian Plague – Three Days of Complete Darkness
- Pharaoh – The Ultimate Power of Egypt = Egyptian Plague – Death of the Firstborn
I did not expect this last one because I had never thought of Pharaoh as a god. This is what I found on the Rice.edu website (along with the list above).
Killing the firstborn.
Would people in today’s society say that wasn’t fair? Or, it wasn’t real? Would they say a “loving God” wouldn’t do something like that?
Yes, our God is loving, but He’s also holy and He will not be mocked.
“Thou shall have no other gods before Me.”
And, He’s so loving that He sacrificed His Son for our sin. He did this because sin separates us from Him, so He sent Jesus to be a sacrifice…that made a way back to God’s presence.
“God himself will provide the lamb.”
Why was He called the Lamb of God?
THE PASSOVER & the lambs
Back in Egypt, plague #10 is coming and the Israelites received instructions of how to save their firstborn and how to be passed over by the death angel.
- The lamb, as was customary, had to be without blemish to be a pure sacrifice.
- They had to take hyssop branches, dipped in the blood, and mark their doorposts. It couldn’t be on display in a back room. You had to make it known…it was public.
- The entire lamb had to be cooked and roasted by fire.
- The entire lamb had to be consumed with bitter herbs and unleavened bread.
The point was made in the LWF sermon: “Because Jesus became the Lamb for the whole world, you have to receive all of Him and not just the parts that you like. He is the sacrificial Lamb that must be consumed completely.”
- The bitter herbs represent the bitterness of our brokenness. We have to be broken over our sin.
- Why unleavened bread? Leaven, like yeast, causes the bread to be “puffed up,” or “inflated.” That sounds kind of like our egos. The leaven works quietly and slowly in a lukewarm environment – that is our sin.
- As they consumed the passover lamb, it was prophetic of how we would be broken over our sin and from our sin by the acceptance of Jesus Christ.
This is the passover ceremony that Israel would continue to observe every year. It is still a Jewish custom today.
Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb of God soundtrack is playing in the background as I continue to work on this post.
I’ve included the Youtube link. It might be fun to click play (now) for all 12 songs because he tells this story even better with music.
JOHN THE BAPTIST & the Lamb
Last weekend, I found an Exposition of the Gospel of John (the beloved disciple) at my grandparents’ house.
I brought it home because the small group/life group, that I just started serving with at church, began reading through John. I thought this old book, published in 1945, revised in 1979, would help me study outside of just reading my Bible. It was also much smaller than the Strong’s Concordance.
Here are some very cool things that came together for me today:
- In Genesis 4, the lamb that was sacrificed was for an individual (Abel).
- In Exodus 12, a lamb was sacrificed for each household.
- In Leviticus 16, the lamb was sacrificed for the entire nation of Israel.
- In John 1:29, John the Baptist declares, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”
Behold, the Lamb of God.
It kind of takes your breath away just to think about that moment.
In Luke, chapter 1, we first learn of John the Baptist, who was born to Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin. Zechariah the priest was his father, but he was struck mute until John was born because he questioned the angel (Gabriel) who told him he would have a son.
Luke 1:41-44 tells us this:
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women,and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
Luke 2 announces the birth of Jesus:
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
THE SHEPHERDS & the lambs
Did you know there were specific shepherds responsible for tending flocks designated to produce passover lambs? The animals that had to be without any blemish or spot?
Dr. Rogers mentioned in his sermon that he believed this is why the angel of the Lord first appeared to the shepherds on the night Jesus was born.
It was almost as if to let them know a Lamb had entered into the world that would bring an end to their sacrifices.
One final sacrifice.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
THE SPOTLESS Lamb
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
(1 Peter 1:18-19)
THE NEW JERUSALEM & the Lamb
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.
I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Revelation 21:10-11, 22-23
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Behold, the Lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Behold the Lamb of God
The life and light of men
Behold the Lamb of God
Who died and rose again
Behold the Lamb of God who comes
To take away our sin
Broken hearts–behold our broken hearts
Fallen far–we need you
Behold the sin of man
Son of God–Emmanuel
Son of Man–we praise you
Behold the Lamb, The hope of man
Behold the Lamb of God