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The Lord’s Passover

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THE LORD’S PASSOVER

Exodus 12:1 – 4

INTRODUCTION
No resolution has been found in the 6-month standoff between Pharaoh’s government and the coalition of Hebrew slaves based in the land of Goshen and instead the situation seems to be escalating with an even greater threat.
Moses and Aaron, the Hebrew leaders, have demanded freedom in the name of their God.  A few times, it seemed Pharaoh would be willing to grant that freedom in exchange for the end to the plagues that have stricken Egypt to its very core.
The Ministers of Health have had a difficult time explaining away the plagues, which each seem aimed at offending one of Egypt’s revered gods.
The first plague was seven days of water being turned to blood, followed by the second plague of frogs – frogs everywhere – and ultimately they did not leave but died and were left in stinking piles.
Those plagues were followed approximately every two weeks by lice, flies, sores on cattle, and then boils that affected both humans and animals.  The recent violent weather of non-seasonal thunder, lightning, and hail, bringing reports of deaths and injuries to an all-time high, has also been attributed to the Hebrew God.
A representative for the Nile River Valley Authority has confirmed that any crops that survived the hailstorms were later destroyed by the 24-hour plague of locusts that swept through country two weeks ago.
Local reports from eyewitnesses in Goshen suggest that the Hebrew Slaves somehow have been protected from all the plagues.  Now residents are calling on Pharaoh to consider granting the Hebrew’s request for freedom in the face of Moses and Aaron’s latest revelation that a final and fatal plague will sweep through the land soon, ensuring the death of the first-born of both men and beasts.

I.    The Lamb Needed, Exodus 11:1 – one more plague, v. 5a – death.
A.    All are subject to the judgment and wrath of God, 12:12.
B.    The Judge and the Savior is the same person.

II.    The Lamb Chosen, Exodus 12:1 – 5.
A.    Salvation comes by the revelation of the Lord, 12:1.  The New Testament says, “Through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth,” 2 Thessalonians 2:13c.
B.    Salvation is the beginning of a new life, a new calendar,   v. 2.
C.    Salvation was and is by substitution, v. 3 – “a lamb for a house.”
D.    Salvation comes by the Lamb.
1.    The Lamb was chosen before slain, v. 3 – 1 Peter 1:20.
2.    The Lamb was spotless, v. 5 – 1 Peter 1:19.
a.    “Without blemish” – only a perfect sacrifice is good enough for God.
b.    “Male of the first year” – means in the fullness of strength.
3.    The Lamb was tested from the 10th day (v. 3) to the 14th day (v. 6).  John singled out Jesus the Baptist 4 years before Jesus’ death, one day for one year.  Pilate said, “I find no fault in Him.”
III.    The Lamb Slain, Exodus 12:6 – 7.
A.    In God’s eyes, there is/was only one Lamb, v. 6a.
B.    The blood had to be sprinkled.  There must be individual appropriation.

IV.    The Lamb Eaten, Exodus 12:8 – 20.  The blood saves.  The meal provides strength.  The meal is Christ.
A.    The lamb was to be roasted with fire, v. 8a.  This shows the sufferings of Christ on the Cross.  To eat raw, (v. 9) is to look only at His example, not His death.
B.    Unleavened bread, v. 8 required because leaven is a picture of sin, 1 Corinthians 5:7 – 8.
C.    Bitter herbs, v. 8 remind us of what He suffered for us, “he was despised . . . oppressed . . . wounded . . . the Lord hath put him to grief,” Isaiah 53.
D.    No leftovers, v. 10a – we need His completed work on Calvary.
E.    Every family rescued was purchased for God.  Therefore, consecration leads to celebration, 1 Corinthians 5:7 – 8.

V.    The Lamb Trusted, Exodus 12:12.  We are saved by the blood; assured by the Word.  Listen to the words of this song, The Blood is Still There.

CONCLUSION
•    There is only one plan /way of salvation, v. 13.
•    “A lamb,” v. 3, becomes “the Lamb” in v. 4, and then “your lamb,” v. 5.  Is He your lamb today?
•    Isaac asked, “Where is the lamb?”
•    John the Baptist answered, “Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.”
•    All heaven sings, “Worthy is the Lamb!”

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