Easter Meditations: God’s Perfect Lamb

Exodus 12 (ESV): The first Passover

1The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,  . . . . 3Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. . . . 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. . . . 7“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. . . . 11In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. . . . 21Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. 22Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. 24You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. 25And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. 26And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28Then the people of Israel went and did so; as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.  29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30And 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 someone was not dead. 31Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said. 32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!”

This story has always captured my imagination. I envision bewildered Israelites following Moses’s instructions without understanding the significance, and I can see the baffled Egyptians thinking their servants had surely gone crazy.

Who would put lamb’s blood on the door post of his house?

God had displayed His power and authority 9 times through the previous plagues He sent to the Egyptians, yet they still didn’t believe Him and put lamb’s blood on their door posts.

The Israelites believed God, followed His instructions, and were freed from the tyranny of the Egyptians; however, Israelites generations later did not believe God sent His Son, the Perfect Lamb, and did not accept Him as the sinless substitute for their sin.

John 1 (ESV): John the Baptizer recognizes Jesus as the Lamb of God

29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

Do you believe Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world?

God’s Perfect Lamb

By Ron Hamilton (Note: I typed out these words while listening to a recording, so I just made an educated guess about the line breaks, capitalization and punctuation.)

God spoke to Israel, “Bring me a sacrifice

Morning and evening, every day.

Offer a spotless lamb, without a blemish.

This is the command you must obey.”

Daily the lambs were brought. Daily the blood was shed,

Laid on the altar built by man.

Then at the perfect time, God said to Israel,

“I will now provide the Perfect Lamb.”

At God’s appointed time, Jesus Messiah came

To make the sacrifice for all sin.

No longer bring a lamb, Jesus has paid the price.

Clap your hands and let your songs begin!

Sing “Alleluia!” “Praise to Jehovah!”

“Worship the God of Israel!”

Sing “Alleluia! “Praise to Jehovah!”

“Once for all is slain God’s Perfect Lamb!”

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