Passover as a most precious type of the redeeming work of Christ our
Lord and the fact that the Lord indicated to them its great significance
by marking their year from that date.
AIM: That we
might be ever in the way of “newness of life” as we contemplate all our
salvation as having its origin in Christ our Passover.
INTR: It is
well that we return from time to time to significant events in sacred
history and there to be reminded that these things all point to the
ultimate event which was the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ to redeem
His people from their sins.
1. While many have read and remember we
must be reminded that not all have and that we that have need to
reconnect and renew our knowledge in the Word.
2. The deliverance of
the Children of Israel from Egypt and the events through which it
occurred became to them a point of reference and a confirmation of their
identity with the Lord.
3. Furthermore, the connection in the New
Testament confirms its importance to us in that it was honored by our
Lord and then that His crucifixion became the antitype: Purge out
therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are
unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 1
attention to detail given in the institution of the Passover leads us to
study and to see the exacting manner in which our Lord was sacrificed
and the necessity that He be properly recognized as at the center of
all. If it is not about Christ, this narrative us just another story!
I. The Lamb and the Blood (vv. 3-7)
1. The reference of John the
Baptist is clear as he pointed to Christ with “Behold the Lamb of God.”
1) As a Jew He would have been in anticipation of this revelation and
2) As the forerunner of Christ it had, no doubt, been revealed to him
that this was Him!
2. This Lamb was to be the provision for every
house – a lamb for a house
1) There was to be a special consideration
if a house was too little for the lamb in that they could combine to
make sure the lamb was consumed.
2) There was to be a count made for
the lamb so that none were slighted and the lamb would be completely
3. From the tenth day to the fourteenth day it was kept and
inspected that it be without blemish in that it would be depicting the
spotless Lamb of God.
4. We note the use of the singular in that they
were to kill it (although thousands were killed.
5. The blood was
applied to the door post and the lintel in an unmistakable image of the
1) It was applied with hyssop – David would later pray “purge
me with hyssop and I…”
2) We are reminded that we are sprinkled: Let
us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with
pure water. Hebrews 10:22.
6. The blood would identify the houses
wherein its occupants would be feeding on the lamb and so the dual
application to us in that we are saved and that we feed upon Christ our
II. The Consumption of the Lamb (vv. 8-10)
1. In that
night they shall eat the flesh –
1) Roast with fire – signifying the
wrath of God poured out on Christ for our sins
2) With unleavened
bread – received in purity, sincerity and truth and not with the leaven
of sin and the idolatry of Egypt and the world.
2. The manner of
preparation was explicit as was the manner in which Christ would be our
Passover – fully spent and fully consumed by those for whom He died –
only the bones and the indigestible parts were to remain and they would
be burnt with fire!
3. Consider the words of our Lord: And as they
were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it
to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Matthew 26:26.
III. The Manner of eating the Lamb (vv. 11-12)
1. There was then
and always has been a sense of urgency with regard to salvation and
1) What was about to occur was without recourse
and there was no alternative
2) Departure was imminent and no delay
or hesitation would be tolerated – the approach of the death angel was a
reality and deliverance from Egypt was mandatory.
2. We then attach
great significance to being fully dressed, shoes on our feet, staff in
hand eating quickly.
3. Judgment was to be executed quickly and
1) The death angel would and did pass through and no
walls would prevent his entrance (from fortresses to huts) – it would
only be the blood that would avail!
2) The object was the firstborn
and the gods would be judged: And 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 there was not one dead. Exodus
4. And Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and the Exodus began!
IV. The Beginning of Months (vv. 1-2)
1. While there is much to
be studied and learned and contemplated concerning this type, we turn to
the significance of “beginning.”
1) To the Israelites it meant that
their life with the Lord would be marked from that day and their year
would begin by remembering this event
2) Of far greater importance is
that we are ever pointed to the fact that Salvation is ultimately
secured forever by the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.
3) It is to
us to mark beginnings as well”
i. In looking often to the foundation
upon which we are built
ii. By looking especially to the emphasis
given in the Word of God to Christ our Lord (how can we neglect reading
of One who has done so much, Who has loved us so and Who we profess to
love with all our heart and soul and mind and strength!
noting that with our own New Birth that we have been raised to walk in
newness of life and that all that went before is essentially without
consequence – our real life began when we were thus sprinkled with the
blood of Christ and the death angel passed over us.
2. While we are
about the process of marking the beginning of a new year, it is that
which was begun in Christ that shall be forever.