How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 17
 
TEXT: Exodus 12:1-13

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
 
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
 
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
 
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
 
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
 
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
 
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
 
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
 
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
 
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
 
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.
 
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
 
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
 
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How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 17
 
In our last message, we began looking at the significance of the Passover for the Israelites and how it gave them hope for future permanent national deliverance. The Passover also caused them to look back and remember how God delivered them from slavery under the Egyptians.

Let’s continue looking at what the background information that the Bible Knowledge Commentary provides about this passage and the Passover ritual that God instructed for them.

"In these verses, instructions are given on how to observe the Passover. Though the feast was observed in each Israelite home, their united and simultaneous worship would help weld them together as a single community. The slaying of the animals (instead of the Israelites’ firstborn sons) and the sprinkling of blood prefigured the substitutionary death of Christ. He is 'our Passover Lamb,' 'a Lamb without blemish or defect.' His own sacrifice is the means whereby individual believers escape the horrors of spiritual death.

"Bitter herbs (probably endive, chicory, and dandelions) symbolized sorrow or grief for past sin, or the Israelites' bitter experience of oppression in Egypt. The bread without yeast symbolized their leaving in haste. The meat was to be roasted, not eaten raw as some pagans did. The people were to eat the entire meal quickly while dressed ready for travel.

"Thus under the protection of shed blood, the congregation was to be reminded of cleansing from sin and that they were sojourners in a strange land. God said that on the very night (at midnight), after the Israelites had eaten the Passover lambs with herbs and bread, He would kill the firstborn son and animal in every Egyptian family. The purpose of this final plague was like the others: to bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt, thus showing that God is the LORD. Pharaoh's eldest son and successor supposedly had divine properties. Min, the Egyptian god of reproduction, and Isis, the goddess of love who attended women at childbirth, were judged as impotent by this climactic plague and catastrophe.

"The sprinkled blood on the Israelites' houses provided protection from death when God destroyed the Egyptian firstborn. From the verb, 'pass over,' comes the noun that designates the feast. As the blood of an animal was the means of deliverance and of escaping death, so Christ's blood is the means of redemption for believers. The Passover was to be observed annually (for the generations to come) as a lasting ordinance."

Every time the Jews observed the Passover, they were looking back to their first national deliverance, and they were looking forward to a promised future, permanent deliverance. The Church today is not required to observe the Passover. We have our own lasting ordinance, the Lord's Supper. When we break the bread and drink the wine, we look back to the breaking of Jesus' body and the shedding of His blood that delivered us from sin. But we also look forward to the day when we will partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when we will be permanently delivered from the effects of sin in the world.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
 
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God's law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
 
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death…"
 
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
 
Now that is bad news, but here's the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
 
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
 
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
 
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door." Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
 
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.