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Moses: Passover

Oct 15, 2023
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Exodus 12 is the origin story for the feasts and festivals of the Jewish people, which all point brilliantly towards Jesus. This comes after Moses’ interaction with Pharaoh to “let my people go and serve the Lord.” At the beginning of chapter 12, the Lord said to take a lamb “without blemish” on the 10th day of Nisan and kill it on the 14th day. They were to take some of the blood and put it on the doorposts of their houses so that the Lord would passover them and spare the lives of the firstborn. Due to this 10th and final plague, Pharaoh told Moses to take the Hebrews and go. For the Hebrews, the blood of the lamb represents freedom from slavery from the Egyptians. For Christians, the blood of the Lamb represents freedom from the slavery of sin and Satan. We all serve someone. We either bow our hearts to idols or to the Living God. John the Baptist said, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. The people of the day were looking for a military deliverer, but Jesus’ plan was much bigger and better than that. When Jesus was serving the Last Supper (Passover) to His disciples, He said, “Do this in remembrance of me”. The disciples had been “remembering” Passover their whole lives, so they would have definitely made the connection of Moses’ delivery to who Jesus is. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” John 3:16 shows how much love the Father has for us in that He sent Jesus, His Son, to be the sacrificial Lamb that takes our place because in God’s economy, there is no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood. Jesus did that for us! Read Isaiah 53 to remember who the prophet Isaiah foretold was coming. Question: We know we should serve Jesus whole-heartedly, but there are distractions that take our eyes and heart off of Him, and we can get caught up serving someone or something else. Who or what can take your eyes off of the Lord? When was a time and who/what did you give your allegiance to? How did you get your eyes fixed on Jesus?