A Picture of Jesus that Saves!
Scripture reading for January 22nd: Exodus10-12
My wife and I adopted two girls from Russia in 1999. They were 8 and 9 years of age and spoke no English when they came to America from near Siberia in August of that year. We were eager to share our faith in Jesus with them and took them to church each week. We had to communicate in sign language most of the time. For Easter of 2000, I did an illustrated sermon with a live lamb, a basin of red paint, and a door frame. I also had a big knife. I explained the story of the Passover lamb that was killed for the Israelites from Exodus 12. That day, one of our girls prayed to receive the Lord as her Savior! Pictures are powerful tools for presenting truth!
The plagues were sent, one by one, to attack the deities and idols of Egypt. Egyptians worshiped many gods and Pharaoh, himself, was considered like a god. Scripture states that Pharaoh hardened his heart through the first few plagues. (Exodus 8:15, 32) After the plague of death on Pharaoh’s animals, it states that “the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” Exodus 9:12 This hardening of a heart is what happens when truth is denied and a person or nation refuses to hear God’s voice or obey His instructions. Men are really without excuse because God makes Himself plain to them. Miracles don’t always persuade a person, however. If not heeded they can harden you as well. When you pass a certain point, God then turns you over and hardens your heart to your own destruction!
The last plague was the death of all the firstborn. The only way to prevent the death of a firstborn son or daughter or animal, was to obey God’s plan. A lamb was to be brought into the house on the tenth day of the month. They were to be sure it was a perfect lamb, without blemish. They were to keep it until the fourteenth day and slaughter it at twilight. The elder in the home was to take blood and sprinkle it on the doorpost and over the lentil. Every family member was to be inside. The lamb was to be roasted in the fire and eaten. They were to be ready to travel. They were also to ask the Egyptians for gold and silver and valuables for the trip. At midnight, the death angel would visit each household. When he saw the blood on the door post of a house, he would pass over that home. Every home that failed to be covered with the blood would find the firstborn child suddenly dead! Only those with faith to obey God would be spared!
It is the same today! The lamb that was slain for our sins was Jesus Christ! He was examined in the temple from the 10th day until the 14th. He was crucified early in the morning and died at three o’clock in the afternoon. He ended his life with the words, “It is Finished!” Everything necessary for our deliverance from the death angel has been accomplished by the death of God’s firstborn Son! God did for us what we could not do for ourselves! Praise Him today for this beautiful picture of our salvation!
“Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are, for Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” Ist Corinthians 5:7