YOUR SACRIFICE-YOUR LAMB Andy Hollifield 2-23-17
Exodus 12:3 “…they shall take to them every man a lamb…”
A comment was made Wednesday night at church about a comment a preacher on the radio had made. As usual, something someone else said got me to thinking about something. Sometimes I wonder if I ever have an original thought. But as long as God still speaks to my heart I will take them however I can get them. The comment was something to the effect of: ” in the Old Testament, the priest looked more at the sacrifice than at the offender. We all know that and claim it even in our songs like “When He Sees Me He Sees The Blood” just to name one. But do we really stop and think about it? The sacrifice was the same regardless of who the offender was. There were certain sacrifices acceptable for certain offences no matter who the offender was. The offence was what was being judged and atoned for not the offender. The offender was guilty but the sacrifice he was required to offer depended upon which law he had broken, not who he was. With that in mind I want to look a little more at Exodus 12 and maybe it will be a blessing to you.
In chapter 12 verse 3 The Lord tells Moses to command the people to “take to them every man a lamb, according to the household of his fathers, a lamb for an house: (4)And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor 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.” Isn’t it amazing how God always makes provision so that nothing is wasted and no one is left out. Before I forget one of the juicy sweet details of this whole chapter I want to slow down and get it. In verse 3 the bible talks about “A” lamb. In verse 4 it talks about “THE” lamb. In verse 5 it starts out with “YOUR” lamb. I am glad that I’m not talking about a sacrifice or the sacrifice but I am talking about “MY” sacrifice. That in itself is a blessing. If you will look over the rest of the chapter, you will find that God had filled every detail in this story just the way he wanted it. He told them it had to be perfect. What gender it had to be-male, how old it was to be-first year, and what species- sheep or goat. How long they had to keep it- till the fourteenth day of the same month, who should come and witness the sacrifice-all the congregation, and when they were to kill it-in the evening. After all that, then the question was what to do. First, was to strike blood on the two side posts and the upper top post of the houses they would be eating in. When they were to eat it-eat it in that night, how to cook it- roast with fire. What was to be included-his head with his legs and the purtenance thereof. How much could they save-nothing could remain till morning. What could they eat with it-unleavened bread and bitter herbs. What to do with leftovers- burn with fire. How they were to be dressed-loins girded, shoes on feet, staff in hand, eat in haste. If I counted correctly that was 16 commands pertaining to the sacrifice prior to the visit of the angel and several more that they were to keep permanently after the fact. I am so thankful for grace that makes me not have to go through all of the law trying to keep it.
When the death angel passed through that night, he wasn’t looking at offenders he was looking for the evidence of the lamb’s sacrifice, he was looking for the blood. He wasn’t taking an inventory of what the offender had done but for the obedience and the sacrifice of the lamb. The blood had to be applied. Now, just as then, the blood has to be applied to the door posts of our heart. Without it, “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
They were to continue to honor this night forever and God would honor them. This night would be a memorial throughout their history. They were to be ready to leave immediately and also to “borrow” gold, silver, jewels, and raiment. They immediately, because of the work of God, went from being slaves to being blessed of God beyond their wildest dreams. They left Egypt on the 430th anniversary of their captivity. God orchestrated all of this including the ten plagues and all the events of Moses’ life to preserve his people the Jews.
What has he done to preserve you? In Genesis 1:26 “And God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness:…” Who was God talking to when he said “us” and “our”? He had to be talking to the Son and the Holy Ghost because there was no one else there. Now if you look in Revelation 5:6, 5:12, and 13:8, you will find that the writer refers to a “Lamb slain”. In 13:8 it says the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” God had it in his plan the whole time that man would need a sacrifice and it had to be “without spot and without blemish”. Revelation 5:4 identifies this slain Lamb as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah”, the “Root of David”. It also says that he has prevailed and been found worthy to open the book and to loose the seals thereof. The whole episode in the Garden of Eden didn’t surprise God. It wasn’t a shock and he didn’t have to resort to plan B. There is no plan B. Acts 4:12 says “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” And finally, 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.” And Jesus said in John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is what he did for us. He was and is our sacrifice and God literally did move heaven and earth to reconcile us back to him. We are his plan. He is OUR SACRIFICE-OUR LAMB. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!