Thursday, May 11, 2017
"By faith he kept the Passover
and the sprinkling of the blood,
so that he who destroyed the firstborn
Moses did this by faith. The Passover is a day of remembrance of the straw that broke the camel's back, the final straw that made Pharaoh let go of his Hebrews slaves after losing his firstborn. It is an "official" Jewish holiday that is still celebrated today, remembering that by their obedience to the warning, the "Destroyer" passed over every door that had the blood of a lamb speared over it. But in light of the cross, in juxtaposition with the symbols of "firstborn" & "sprinkling of blood," it might make one wonder...Hmm. To this day, the Jews ignore the Father's gift of His only begotten Son, and the sprinkling of His blood as He died on the cross, as the true Messiah. Yet, without accepting this sprinkling of His blood, there will be no Passover: by ignoring God's word, the angel of death will not Passover.
Andrew Murray says, "And if Israel thus honoured God's word and trusted in the blood of a lamb--oh, shall we not ten thousand times more honour the blood of the Lamb...its wonderful power in conquering sin and death, in opening heaven, in cleansing and perfecting our conscience and heart, and bringing us nigh to God; let us open our whole being to the power of the blood that cleanses from all sin."
John Wesley says, "The pouring out of the blood--Of the paschal lamb, which was sprinkled on the door posts, lest the destroying angel should touch the Israelites."
So what do we do with this? If we had faith like Moses, should we be keeping Passover with the sprinkling of the blood? Not necessarily. We live on the New Testament side, trusting in the once and for all sacrifice of God's only Son that "whosoever believeth in Him should not perish." That means we'll never die, that the Destroyer, the angel of death will pass over our lives, and we will live with Him forever in heaven. All because of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
So, how do we go "By faith"-ing?what do we put our faith in? A pharaoh or a king's strength? A Hebrew's faith in obedience in order to go on to the Promised Land? Or from the view with the veil lifted of the cross, of the view of the Lamb of God, believing in Him so that we might be one of those "whosoever will."
Jesus Himself set in motion a new covenant, a new way of commemorating the sprinkling of His blood by instituting communion for the first time at the Last Supper.
"'My time is near; I am to keep the Passover
at your house at your house
with My disciples..."
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread,
and after a blessing, He broke it
and gave it to the disciples, and said,
'Take, eat; this is My body.'
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks,
He gave it to them saying,
'Drink from it, all of you;
for this is My blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins."
(Matthew 26:18, 26-28)
That's our commemoration, not once a year, but as often as we obey our Lord
and partake of the cup and the bread in memory of Him with other believers.
I've told the story often before of when we lived in the parsonage at Weaverville, California, which was right next to the old graveyard. Our firstborn grew up seeing where they put those dead bodies in their coffins just over our fence, a chain link one that did not hide the process of digging the hole and putting the box in while people stood around and cried, and covering it back up. By the time he was three he declared, "Jesus isn't going to get me!" He was smart beyond his comprehension: he knew enough about death and Jesus, but not enough to know what lay beyond the grave. The doorposts of our hearts have been sprinkled and the angel of death will pass over, and we will close our eyes on earth and open them in heaven. Hallelujah!
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