The Passover Lamb!
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 in August. We were eager to share our faith in Jesus with them and took them to church each week. For Easter of 2000, I did an illustrated sermon with a live lamb, a basin of red paint, and a door frame and 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!
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. When you pass a certain point, God then turns you over and hardens your heart!
The final plague was the death of the firstborn who were not in a home marked by blood. A spotless lamb was to be brought into the house on the tenth day of the month, keeping it until the fourteenth day. The elder in the home was kill the lamb and take blood, sprinkling it on the doorpost and over the lentil. The lamb was to be roasted in the fire and eaten. 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 wasn’t covered with the blood would find the firstborn suddenly dead!
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. Everything necessary for our deliverance from the death angel has been accomplished by the death of God’s firstborn Son!
“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.” 1st Corinthians 5:7