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The Passover Lamb

 

Sabbath Greetings Brethren,

 

This may seem surprising to some but the story of the Passover lamb begins in the Garden of Eden. In order to understand the meaning of the Passover lamb we have to go back to the very beginning in the Book of Genesis.


Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In the beginning God created a spectacular, beautiful world and then He made man and woman to care for it. Even though man was made from the dust of the ground, God said that He created him to be in His own (Elohim’s) likeness, both male and female.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God saw that all the things that He had created were very good; the land and seas, the lights in the skies, the animals, the plants, and the man and the woman. There was no sin in the world to mar the peace and serenity that filled the Garden and that also blanketed the whole earth. God’s creation is still so very breathtaking in the areas that have not been destroyed by man, so we can only imagine that at the beginning God’s creation was dazzling beyond description!

On the sixth day, the Creator God made a man out of the dust of the ground and later made a woman out of the man’s rib and God said that they too, were good.

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 

1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (See Genesis 1, whole chapter)

When God created Adam and Eve, He provided for them everything that they could possibly want and placed them into an incredibly lovely location in the midst of the Garden of Eden. In addition, the Creator God walked with them and He taught them His divine laws and all His ways and gave them the Sabbath Day to enjoy, to rest and have special time with Him (Genesis 2:2-3). Their life must have been very peaceful, filled with joy and they surely must have rejoiced in their Maker and in the kind of life He had provided for them.

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 

2:9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

God gave Adam a job to do and gave him instructions as to what trees he and Eve could freely eat from and which tree they were absolutely forbidden to eat the fruit of.

Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 

2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Elohim created Adam first and then He provided Adam with a suitable marital partner; a woman that God made out of one of Adam’s own ribs (Genesis 2:18-25). The newly created married couple had all the physical blessings of a brand new beautiful sinless world with all the vast array of living creatures to watch and to enjoy. They had the spiritual blessings of knowing God and being taught by Him; living in His presence able to commune with Him, probably, whenever they wanted to.

And Then Arose the Need of a Savior

And then one day Satan presented himself to Eve in the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden and tempted her to eat the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Satan first insidiously planted doubt in Eve’s mind by asking her a question about what God had instructed her and Adam: “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1) After she repeated what God had actually commanded them, he then implied that God was lyng to her by contradicting what God said would happen if she did partake of the forbidden fruit and made up some more lies: “Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened , and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and  evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Eve listened to the serpent’s lies and believed what he had said to her about how she could be made wise and that she could become like God, knowing good from evil if she ate of the forbidden tree. The temptation was too much to resist and she reached out and took of the forbidden fruit and then she gave some to Adam and he ate of it also. 

Instead of looking to the Sovereign God as their source of knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, now Adam and Eve would decide for themselves what was good and what was evil.

They both disobeyed God’s clear mandate and took of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The moment they rebelled against God’s commandment to not eat of this tree, sin entered the world and the horrible consequences of sin began to have an impact upon Adam and Eve and would affect the rest of humanity that would come from them (Genesis 3:1-7). 

By taking of the forbidden fruit they could now allow for themselves the right to determine right from wrong which is what the whole world has been doing ever since. 

Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they brought upon themselves and all of their progeny the death sentence along with all the misery and pain that comes as a result of sin. God then drove the couple that He had so lovingly created out of the beautiful Garden and made the Tree of Life inaccessible to them. Mankind has been barred from the Garden of Eden ever since and instead have lived under the curses that God pronounced upon our first parents.

Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

3:23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

But Elohim, which consists of God the Father and the One who would become Jesus Christ, had devised a plan from the very foundation of the world. God knows the end from the beginning and we are told that Christ was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, (Isiah 46:10, 1st Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8) so they knew that Adam and Eve, along with their children that would come from them would sin. 

It had been decided long before that one of them would take on the sins of the whole world and would die as a perfect sacrifice so that humans could be redeemed from the awful penalty of eternal death. Christ was the one that chose to come down as a man and provide a way for mankind to be forgiven and regain the opportunity to take of the Tree of Life and be given eternal life if they choose to be faithful to God and to His ways for the rest of their lives.

The Promise of the Messiah and of the Final Destruction of Satan

After Adam and Eve sinned against God, God placed all three, Adam, Eve and the serpent on trial and charged them with their crimes. He first gave Adam and Eve a chance to answer for their rebellion, but instead of repenting and admitting their sin, Adam blamed Eve and then Eve blamed Satan. God then gave all three His judgment of how they would be cursed in this life for what they had done starting with Satan.

Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

By saying this God pronounced a curse on the serpent but the judgment also contained a promise as shown in the next verse; a promise that would give mankind hope that they could be redeemed from the eternal consequences of their rebellion against God through the coming of a Messiah.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This is the first mention of the PROMISE indicating that God would send a Savior to die for the sins all who have ever lived, so that men might be saved if they would accept Christ’s atoning sacrifice for their sins, turn from their sins and live in accordance with God’s way of life.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed….

The term “enmity” refers to an attitude of hostility and a spirit of antagonism between individuals (Numbers 35:21-22), or it could even be between nations (Ezekiel. 25:15-17; 35:5-6).

The Scriptures attest to the fact that there would be spirit of hatred and war between the woman and Satan. Satan and his followers wanted to destroy mankind (starting first with her and Adam) and has been sedulously trying to do so ever since. 

But this also implied that Satan would be at war against the woman’s Seed that would come from her (referring to Jesus Christ). The “seed of the woman” pertains to the coming of the Messiah (the Christ) who would be born of a woman at a future date. 

The seed of Satan refers to all those who emulate Satan and are in league with him (John 8:40-41) which includes the demons and also evil men who are plugged into the mind of Satan and are being directed by him.

It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” is a prophecy that Satan would bruise the heel of Christ by influencing evil men to have Him scourged and crucified. 

Jesus Christ who would come down and live a sinless life as a man in the flesh would allow Satan to have Him killed, and in this way offer Himself to take on the punishment that mankind deserves, so that they could be saved if they repent and turn from their sins. 

When Christ died it would appear as if Satan had won by bruising Christ’s heel, but it would only be a temporary bruise for Christ would not stay dead but would rise up in a resurrection to His full spiritual glory and power once again. This verse additionally prophesies that ultimately Satan would be hit with a severe blow to his head, meaning that Christ will utterly destroy him at the end of Satan’s allotted time.

The Hebrew word for bruise is shuph (Strong’s #7779) and means break, bruise, cover, to overwhelm.  (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

And lest we think that “bruise” only means to cause a black and blue mark, Paul used the Greek word suntribó  which is translated “bruise” to describe what is going to happen to Satan shortly and the word he used means to utterly crush and break into pieces. That is Satan’s fate after God is finished using him as a tool to show mankind what listening to and obeying Satan does in bringing total misery and death to themselves, their children, and to the world.

Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

The Greek word “suntribó” (Strong’s #4937) means to break by crushing, break in pieces, shatter, crush, bruise. (Strong’s Concordance)

Genesis 3:15 contains a wonderful promise from God that the Messiah would some day have the ultimate victory over sin and Satan and that Christ would bruise [crush] his head after all of humanity has been taught that Satan’s ways do not bring blessing and happiness. Some day in the future, Satan will be destroyed forever more, and all traces of evil and wickedness will be banished from the face of the earth, or everywhere else in the universe, for God says that Satan will be tossed into the Lake of Fire after the time of the Millennium (Revelation 20:10).

This is what happened at the very beginning of the 6000 year rule of man and to know and understand these things helps us to have the proper worldview of God’s great Plan that He designed from the foundation of the world. Without this knowledge and understanding of the Plan of God, mankind wanders around aimlessly blinded to the truth of God, not knowing why there is so much evil and suffering in the world. Some even blame God for the pain and suffering; but happy are those who know and understand these things for it gives them great peace and hope. God grants to those who follow and obey Him the realization that at a certain time in the future, mankind is going to be delivered from the misery that is in the world as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin and the continuance of rebellion against God among all of their descendants right up to the present day.

God also pronounced curses on Adam and Eve that would effect their entire progeny for the next 6000 years, and in addition, the whole of creation has been affected by sin that began almost 6000 years ago in the Garden of Eden (Romans 8:18-23).

Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 

The first humans failed to be obedient to God and there arose a need of a Savior to rescue humanity from their sins and their bondage to Satan. The failure of mankind to be able to govern their own lives began right in the Garden of Eden and has propagated throughout all the families that have come from our first parents.

All who have ever lived have sinned and just like our first parents have come under the death sentence. Paul reiterates this fact in His epistle to the Romans that we are all sinners and none of us is righteous before God.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

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

The Scriptures tell us that the penalty for sin is death:

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die….

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

The Allegory of Abraham and His Son Isaac

Prophetic pictures and references to the coming Lamb of God are scattered throughout the Old Testament. One reference is a dramatic portrayal that was played out by Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son when God told him to take his beloved son Isaac up to the mountain and offer him as a sacrifice.

 Abraham was to be an allegory of the fact that the heavenly Father was going to send His only begotten Son to be offered up as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind. The account of Abraham being willing to obediently offer up his “son of promise” is symbolic that God would provide His own lamb (symbolic of Christ) for the burnt offering in place of Abraham’s son.

In Genesis 22 we read that God tested Abraham by commanding him to offer his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice to Him. This was an inference depicting that the Father was going to provide an offering by sending His own beloved Son to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. In this test Abraham showed that he was obedient to God to the point of giving up Isaac, the son that God had promised to him and for whom Abraham and Sarah had waited for many years. This was a test of faith for Abraham and he proved his obedience to his Lord but this incident also looked forward to what the Father was willing to do to save the world almost 2000 years later.

Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

As they were walking on the way to the mountain, Isaac asked his father “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” In response, Abraham prophetically spoke these words: “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:7-8).

When they arrived at the mount Abraham prepared an altar and bound Isaac and laid him on the altar to offer him as a sacrifice to the Lord. But just as Abraham raised his knife to slay his beloved child, God told him not to do him any harm. At the last minute God spared Abraham’s dear son. We read:

Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

22:11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

After offering up the ram in place of his son Issac, Abraham prophesied of a future event (when God the Father would offer up Christ, thereby providing a lamb) by calling the place Jehovahjire meaning “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen, i.e., Jehovah will see; will provide. The name literally means ‘The Lord who sees, or The Lord who will see to it’.”  (Bible.org)

The Hebrew for Jehovah-jireh is “Yhvh Yireh” (Strong’s #3070) From Yhovah and ra’ah; Jehovah will see (to it); Jehovah-Jireh, a symbolical name for Mount Moriah. (Strong’s Concordance)

The mount Abraham referred to was Mount Moriah, the same location where Christ was slain. The significance of Mount Moriah is established by a number of subsequent momentous events which would take place thereafter.

In addition to being the place where Abraham’s faith was tested, this later became the site of God’s Temple that Solomon built and it had previously been the site of a threshing floor which David bought from Araunah the Jebusite. And then on the very mountain where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, God sacrificed His Son; Jesus was crucified outside the gates of Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. Almost 2,000 years later, upon that very same mountain just outside of Jerusalem, the Father God did offer His only begotten Son, the Lamb of God, as a sin offering to reconcile sinful mankind to their Creator, the God who made us and loves us.

Hebrews 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 

13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 

13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

The account of Abraham and Isaac was an allegory of God the Father giving up His beloved Son, the Christ, whom He would provide as the Lamb of God for humanity.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The Passover Lamb

Fast forward to the book of Exodus and we read the story of the deliverance of the children of Israel from their hard bondage in Egypt. On the night that God would send the last plague that would kill the firstborn in the homes of the Egyptians, He instituted the Passover ordinance for His people. The Passover is a celebration in remembrance of the fact that the lives of the first-born children were spared from death if the door posts of their homes were covered by the blood of the Passover lamb.

The Passover looked forward to and is allegorical of what Christ has done for us in that He has delivered us from the penalty of death for our sins if, just like the covering of the doorposts, our hearts are covered by Christ’s atoning blood.

The introduction of the Passover lamb along with the Feast of Passover is a dramatic account of what happened on the night that the death angel passed through the land of Egypt as told in Exodus 12. This is perhaps the most compelling foreshadow and most graphic allegory of the coming of the Messiah who would be the Lamb of God.

The Passover Feast occurs each year on the 14th day of the month of Abib, also called Nisan. The Passover lamb is slain and eaten in remembrance of the Lord “passing over” the houses of those who had sacrificed the Passover lamb and sprinkled its blood on their wooden doorposts and mantles. At the same time, the angel of death visited those who had not sprinkled the blood of the lamb, symbolic of the fact that it is only those who have been forgiven and have applied the atoning sacrifice of Christ that will be given eternal life. Those who have not been forgiven still have the sentence of death hanging over them until they are called and they choose to repent and ask for the atoning blood applied to their sins. All those who refuse to repent after they have been given a chance to know God’s truth will ultimately die in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 21:8.)

Approximately 1,500 years after the angel of death destroyed the first born in Egypt on the 14th day of Abib; the Passover Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was sacrificed upon a wooden stake for the sins of all mankind.

The killing of the lambs on that first Passover and the pouring of their blood upon the door posts, pointed to the perfect sacrifice of Christ even as He shed His blood on the cross. Even the timing of Jesus death was on the day of Passover and corresponded to the very time that the Passover lambs were being slaughtered.

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

The death of the firstborn among the Egyptians was the final plague God brought against Pharaoh, and it was the final catalyst that broke Pharaoh’s stubbornness and he finally agreed to let the Israelites go from their bondage.

Exodus 11:11 And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

God instructed Moses to tell every household of the Israelite people to select a male lamb in its first year and without any defect on the tenth day of the first month.

Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

The head of the household was to slaughter the lamb at the very beginning of the Passover at sunset, the evening part beginning the Passover, taking care that none of its bones were broken, and apply some of its blood to the tops and sides of the door post of his family’s house. The lamb was to be roasted with fire and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs and if any of it remained it was to burned up before the morning.

Exodus 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

God also gave specific instructions as to how the Israelites were to eat the lamb, fully dressed with their shoes on, in other words, they had to be ready to travel when it was time to leave Egypt, as we are to be ready to journey out of our bondage to sin.

Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.

God said that when He saw the lamb’s blood on the door post of a house, He would “pass over” that home and not permit “the destroyer” to enter and kill the firstborn children. Any home without the blood of the lamb would have their firstborn struck down that night.

Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

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, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

After that fateful first Passover night, God commanded the observance of the Passover Feast as a lasting memorial throughout all generations.

Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 

Our annual keeping of the Passover is a depiction of God’s great plan of redemption and is the first of the appointed festivals that reminds us that a sacrifice had to be made to take on our sins and remove the death penalty that Adam and Eve incurred when they rebelled against God. The first step in that plan is symbolized by the observance of the Passover.

Exodus 12:23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

12:24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

12:25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lordwill give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

12:28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Just as the firstborn of the Israelites lives were spared from the death angel that somber evening, so, too, the Firstborn Elect are saved from the sentence of eternal death if they have been washed by the blood of Jesus and if they remain faithful to their baptismal commitment. The slaying of the innocent Passover lamb and the applying of its blood to the doorposts of the houses on that first Passover is a beautiful picture of Christ’s sacrifice and the fact that if we have asked for His forgiveness, committing to zealously live by every Word of God; the atoning sacrifice will be applied to the doors of our hearts, protecting us from the angel of spiritual death.

Behold the Lamb of God

In the New Testament God revealed to John the Baptist who Jesus was, and the next day when John saw Jesus walking toward him, John called Him “the Lamb of God” referring to Jesus as the One that God the Father had sent to be the Savior. John recognized that this was He who was to come (the Messiah) that would give His life as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for the sins of humanity (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 53).

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. 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

By calling Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John’s disciples could immediately associate “the Lamb of God” with the slaying of the Passover lamb and the applying of its blood to the doorposts of the Israelites’ houses which protected the firstborn from being slain, unlike the Egyptians who did not have the blood of the lamb on their doorposts.

John the Baptist and his disciples could make the connection for they would have also been familiar with the Old Testament prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah who foretold of the coming One who would be brought “like a lamb led to the slaughter” and whose sufferings and sacrifice would provide redemption for His people.

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 

53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

The writers of Scripture were referring to the Messiah that was to come and that person was the very Creator God who divested Himself of His glory and majesty and came down to live a perfect life in the flesh as a man and then die an agonizing death so that you and I could have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins. Even though we all must die a physical death, if we are one of God’s children and we remain faithful to God all of our lives, we will go on to have eternal life at the resurrection to spirit. 

Many verses in the New Testament establish a relationship between the Passover lamb that was slain and sacrificed at the Feast of Passover as commanded in the Old Testament, and the consummate Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ who died and shed His blood on the cross.

1st Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1st Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The apostle Peter compares the lamb that was chosen, which was to have no defect (Exodus 12:5), with Christ, whom he calls “a lamb without blemish and without spot”.

1st Peter 2:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

In Revelation, John the apostle saw a vision of Christ as “a Lamb….appearing as if it had been slain”.

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Jesus Christ is qualified to be called “without blemish and without spot” because His life was completely free from sin and qualified Him also to be our High Priest that we can approach with confidence to receive the grace we need.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

As the Passover was to be held in remembrance as an annual Feast in the Old Testament, so Christians are to memorialize the Lord’s death in the yearly Passover festival until He returns.

1st Corinthians 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Scripture says Christians who belong to Jesus have symbolically applied His sacrificial blood to their hearts and thus have escaped eternal death.

Hebrews 9:11 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;

9:12 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.

9:13 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:

9:14 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?

9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Just as the Passover lamb’s applied blood caused the death angel to pass over each Israelitish household, Christ’s applied blood causes God’s judgment to pass over sinners and gives life to His children; the Israel of God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because of what Christ has done for us we are now to turn from all our sins and not let sin reign over us but to walk in newness of life, zealously living by the whole Word of God.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

As the first Passover marked the Hebrews’ release from Egyptian slavery, so the death of Christ marks our release from the slavery of sin and how grateful we should be; what a marvelous thing to be forgiven and to no longer have the death sentence hanging over our lives!

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

In our modern world many of us do not live on farms and are not that familiar with the slaying of animals. If you are like me, most of us leave that up to the farmers and butchers and have not experienced firsthand killing of lambs, goats, and bulls. So the the idea of a sacrificial system might seem gruesome to some of us today; but the concept of payment or restitution for wrong-doing is one we can readily identify with. We know that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that our sin separates us from God.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Because of our sins, all of us were separated from God, and we stood guilty before Him. Therefore, the only hope we can have is for God to provide a way for us to be reconciled to Himself, and that is what the Father did in sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on a stake. Christ died to make atonement for sin and to pay the penalty for our sins of all who believe in Him and follow Him that they might have life; everlasting life as sons and daughters in His soon coming Kingdom.

The Old Testament Passover lamb, although a reality in the lives of the people of that time, was a mere foreshadowing of the actual Passover Lamb which is Jesus Christ who died once and for all.

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Through His sinless life and sacrificial death, Jesus became the only person qualified to give mankind a way to escape death and a sure hope of eternal life. Because of what the innocent, sweet, Passover lamb pictured, it gives those who choose to become children of God….GREAT HOPE.

1st Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

It is through Jesus Christ’s death as God’s perfect sacrifice for sin that we can be washed clean from all of our past iniquities. If we come to believe this with all of our hearts and then make a baptismal commitment to live in all the ways of God and receive His gift of the Holy Spirit; with God’s help we will find the way right back to the Tree of Life which was barred from humanity until all things should be fulfilled.

In Genesis 3:15 it was prophesied that a Messiah would come to earth as the Seed of the woman and that Satan would bruise His heel. That part of the verse happened just as God’s Word said it would happen and that prophecy has been fulfilled. Now it is up to us to accept that perfect sacrifice, go to Christ for forgiveness and then live passionately for God the rest of our days and we will be given eternal life. Knowing that God kept His promises in the past, gives us much faith that the future prophecies are going to come to pass according to God’s Word.

The fact that our heavenly Father gave His only begotten Son to be the perfect sacrifice that atones for our sin is part of the glorious Good News of the Gospel that is so eloquently stated by Peter in his epistle to the brethren:

1st Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 

1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

After Christ’s crucifixion and death, God the Father raised up Jesus from the grave and accepted Him and placed Him at His (the Father’s) right hand. It is because of their incredible love for us that Elohim ordained that Jesus Christ would be the Messiah who would go through the excruciating pain of death and then the agonizing separation from His Father because of the sins that He bore for us. Because Christ became our Passover Lamb all those who repent and turn from their sins for good will be raised up from their graves as well and will have a place in God’s Kingdom forever and ever.

Everyone of us have sinned and deserve God’s judgment of the death penalty but God the Father sent His only begotten Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the Creator and the Beloved Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, just as the Passover lamb depicts.

God’s Plan Revealed Through His Holy Day Festivals

Most of us know that God reveals His Plan of Salvation for mankind in the meanings of His commanded Holy Days. 

Throughout history the world around us has been filled with sin and evil of every kind, and it has been that way since Adam and Eve rebelled against God and disobeyed His command to not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

For God to fulfill His plan of reproducing Himself through humans and to save mankind from his carnal nature, God had to implement a means by which men and women could be forgiven of their sins. Out of God’s great mercy and incredible love, He wanted to make a way to redeem humanity from the awful death penalty and provide a way for them to go on to eternal life if they choose to repent and commit to go and sin no more.

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 

5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

1st John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

For those who truly believe and sincerely repent of all their past sins and commit to go and sin no more, remaining faithful unto death; it is they who will be saved at the resurrection to spirit and spend eternity with God in His Kingdom.

What a glorious future we have ahead of us, all because Jesus Christ was willing to be our Passover Lamb, the One who truly is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

What an honor it is to be given this precious knowledge of what Passover and the Passover lamb depicts. Let us keep this solemn Feast day with gladness in our hearts and with a grateful heart for what our Lord and Savior has done for each one of us who believe and who follow Him whither-so-ever He goes.

In Conclusion

What began in Genesis will be completed in Revelation.

God began (way back in the Book of Genesis, the very day that Adam and Eve sinned) to show that He has a Wonderful Plan, a plan that included the coming of the Messiah that would make it possible to undo what Satan did in enticing mankind to sin against God.

All have sinned like our first parents, but for those who want to truly be like God, holy and righteous forever, a Sacrifice has been provided that atones for all of our past sins: we can be forgiven of those sins and allow Christ to lead us back to the Tree of Life.

Ultimately, Christ is going to completely bruise the head of Satan; and Satan’s works and his power over the nations will be destroyed forevermore. (Revelation 20:8-10).

The Day of Atonement, in which the Azazel goat is released into the wilderness and put away so that he can never again come into the camp of the Lord’s people, depicts what is going to happen to Satan when he is no longer useful to God.

Satan, the old serpent, will finally be destroyed and the earth will never have to suffer his influence and oppression ever again. Christ is going to bruise his head once and for all and Christ will reign with righteousness and justice forevermore.

The whole chapter of Isaiah 53 packs a lot of truth regarding the role of the Lamb of God and what He would do for us and how He came to set the captives free from their sins.

Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 

53:He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 

53:And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The story of sinful man and the need of a Messiah began in Genesis and ends in Revelation, but it is not the end for those were passed over by the death angel in their lifetimes, because they chose eternal life by choosing to live for Jesus Christ in this present evil world.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 

22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Have a wonderful Sabbath everyone and a very enriching, meaningful Passover next week.
Constance

 

Abraham+and+Isaac On their Way to Mt Moriah

As they were walking on the way to the mountain, Isaac asked his father “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” In response, Abraham prophetically spoke these words: “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:7-8).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God Will Provide a Lamb” by Michael Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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