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Passover

by on February 6, 2016

Passover – The Gospel in the Old Testament – Exodus 12

I. God requires obedience and sacrifice
God said, put the blood on the door post and I will pass over you. If you do not, your firstborn will die tonight. The lamb without blemish was sacrificed and the blood applied.
12:4 – family with father as God’s representative (not to be celebrated privately)
Several families were allowed to go together for fellowship and sharing
Family father was to put blood on doorposts of door
12:13 – I will pass over you when I (Yaweh) see the blood
There was a meal to be eaten by the family.
Slaves and strangers were allowed to participate also
Pharoah’s son died – symbolic of death of flesh and satan eventually in eternal bondage.
Eat the Passover fully dressed and ready to travel.
Became annual remembrance of death and resurrection for Jesus
Unleavened bread also became part of the feast
Old leaven (type of sin) had to be removed

II. God provides for food and protection
Many years before that, God had sent Joseph ahead to prepare the way. God protected him in trial and in prosperity. God tried him and exalted him. Israel had famine. God provided for them by preparing Joseph to be their savior.

Israel moved to Egypt. They found protection and plenty and slavery. They groaned under the hard hands of the task masters. God provided Moses to be the deliverer.
Jehovah sent plagues to convince the Egyptians and Israelites that Jehovah is God
Many years before that, God had sent Joseph ahead to prepare the way. God protected him in trial and in prosperity. God tried him and exalted him. Israel had famine. God provided for them by preparing Joseph to be their ‘savior.’
Israel moved to Egypt. They found protection and plenty and slavery. They groaned under the hard hands of the task masters. God provided Moses to be the deliverer.

III. God provides redemption and freedom
“God called His son out of Egypt.” God gave them a new start for a new life. Abib (Nissan) became the beginning of the Jewish year.
It was symbolic of the beginning of the life of the believer. From this point on, the beginning of life is reckoned as a life of obedience.

IV. God directs the time of deliverance
It was a difficult journey. It had a difficult beginning. It was a new life. Free from bondage.
The people left but soon longed to back to Egypt.
They murmured against the leaders.

New Testament
Lamb had to be without blemish. Jesus was that Lamb of God who gave Himself for us.
Christ became our Passover – when God sees the blood of Jesus, He passes over His children

John 1:29 – behold the Lamb of God – Isaiah 53 – as a Lamb
I Cor. 5:7 Christ is the sacrificed Lamb.
Be prepared to leave the bondage of Egypt
Prepared to leave the oppressors and now become the slaves of God
Servants and slaves of God
Much bondage in lives today
Much oppression of the Devil – people in bondage
Need redemption and deliverance
People like the leeks and garlic of Egypt instead of the Freedom of Canaan.

We are redeemed. We are saved. We rejoice in that redemption.
Satan has many deceived and they cannot seem to live above the bondage of sin.
Some people return to the bondage of sin to enjoy temporal pleasures.
Have you changed masters? Is God and His Word your only God?
Be careful of idolatry. It is a hard master.
notes
Isaiah 61:10 – the robe of righteousness
God expects tangible symbols – Blood on the doorpost, baptism, veiling, bread and cup, Heb. 10:25
Actual physical blood was shed and placed so “death angel” could see
Differences in view of communion – bread and cup
Jesus will someday serve His redeemed – drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.

Judgment is coming. Are you ready? Is the blood applied to your life?
We are saved– no more need for yearly lamb sacrificed. Jesus-once for all.
Blood of bulls and goats never take away sin.
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing – He breaks the power of cancelled sin

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