Signs and Symbols — Passover # 2

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh (painting by Be...

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh (painting by Benjamin West) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To mark the day and event of their redemption, God commanded his people to take a lamb per household, a lamb they were to have in possession leading up to the eve of their departing Egypt.  After leaving Egypt, the nation was to celebrate this causation on a regular basis as a memorial of the event about to happen in their lifetime.

It was God’s shadow of an event to come in the far future, one they were to prepare for, when God would send to die on behalf of the world a son according to the promise made to Adam. The day and date of this event was never to be forgotten, for upon the fulfillment the day, the nation were to recognize the man and savior God sent to die on behalf of the world.

The lamb they were to have in possession per household represents this savior, and providing for each household the hope of salvation. The lamb was the shadow of the true Messiah to come, their King and redeemer.  However, as always, Israel was not mindful of the works and law of God, yet God through grace would deliver his people from the power of darkness.

Egypt was the embodiment of sin, a life of bondage, a country forcing the people to live in rebellion of God’s law. God sent Moses to deliver his people from the bondage of sin, so that he might give them the power to live for him. They were his people, and they are to serve him, and only him, but because of the power of Egypt, they lived under the rule of a god their ancestors did not know, one they served for four hundred years.

Moses told Pharaoh, “Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.” God addressed Pharaoh, The Lord God of Israel,” declaring the people whom he oppresses are his, a people set apart from the nations.

Pharaoh; however, a stubborn man refuses to let God’s people go,” Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD; neither will I let Israel go.” He denied the God who sent Moses and Aaron to free His people, and so leading to the overthrow of Egypt.  This is the picture and life of everyone living apart from Christ; they are in bondage until God break the hand of the king ruling over their lives leading unto him.

The Passover event was the first day of the first month, and of the first year in Israel’s history, the day God started the count down to the end of days. The lamb was the shadow of Christ our savior, the blood was the covenant of grace God’s contract between Israel and the world to forgive their sins, and transgressions.

Exodus 12:3-4  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: 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.


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  1. What do you think about this post? I believe we have strayed away from this point.


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