Friday, July 08, 2005


Abib 14

“On the fourteenth day, in the evening, kill a lamb, a perfect male of the first year.” A time in history about 3500 years ago, in Egypt, when the people chosen to Covenant with God were told to find a lamb without defect for sacrifice. It was to be chosen on the tenth day to watch for imperfections. It wasn’t enough to surrender one of their best; they would become somewhat attached to this lamb so that the lamb became their lamb. (Ex. 12:5) The sacrifice was to cost in every sense…”an innocent one was to die in their place.” P 50, Christianity is Jewish

This killing of their lamb and painting of their doorposts was only a part of the first Passover…The 14th of Abib or Nisan would be looked back on and remembered by way of a ceremony, the Seder. Just as Jesus was crucified with blood spilt to cover the Chosen, the bloody first Passover was once, for all.

“Passover is the oldest, continuously observed feast in existence today.” P 51, Howard; Rosenthal; The Feasts of the Lord God even allowed an alternate time, on the 14th of the second month (Num. 9:1-14) because this most important feast was not to be missed for any reason.

The seven feasts of Israel are part of the outline for this blog. This is a foretaste, since Moses and Passover cannot be split! Many years later, once again, the disciples were catching glimpses of Messianic fulfillment (or maybe they got it way better than we can imagine!) Peter’s conclusion was, “You know you were not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb, without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18

John the Baptist, in perhaps one of the most stand-out, bold statements in our Bible, pointed to Jesus and proclaimed so that everyone there could hear, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 This from the same man who sent a message from prison, “Are you the one who was to come or should we expect someone else?” The Holy Spirit had spoken through the turmoil and confusion.

Paul, too, took a snapshot of history when he stated, “Christ our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” 1 Cor. 5:7
Who writes this stuff? You couldn’t come up with this kind of story if you were a genius! Gaps in time…different men…various perspectives…One Author!

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