Signs and Symbols – Unblemished Lamb # 3

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Exodus 12:5-6 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 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.

The requested sacrifice the nation was to bring before the Lord was to be of the highest value, it must be something they have vested a great deal of time in because they loved it. And found among the nation’s livestock, were sheep, goats, or lambs that had never known labor, but one set apart from the rest. God requested this lamb, it was to be without blemish, an example of the lamb God was sending to the world.

The people were instructed to take hold of this lamb, and keeping the lamb until the fourteenth day, they were to kill it in the evening.  The whole assembly was to perform their duty, every man in and for his house, and executing the office of a priest, they, as a nation was to kill the lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month, marking the day of their departure out of Egypt, which was a signpost for the nation in the future.

These events were not simply for the days of Egypt, nor for that moment, the events and rituals were shadow pictures of the events yet to be played out in the life of the Messiah, God was sending on their behalf. They were rituals and markers to identify the Messiah when he comes, dying for the sins of the world, so that the nation may enter into the final and complete covenant with God through his son.

Nevertheless, because Israel’s heart was not yet set on the Lord, many entered the covenant with their hearts closed, and although they understood its symbols, after leaving Egypt the nation would turn their backs on the Lord. We are the same in our walk with Christ, and having the better part of the promise, not the shadowy covenants of the blood of lambs and goats, but Christ himself; we are yet turning our backs on God.

We are never to forget the past, the symbols and signs of God, which are pointing to his imminent return laid out in his feast. The Passover is just one of those feasts we are to observe, for it is God’s timepiece, and our markers of the past, and the future. Unlike our ancestors, our Lamb was unblemished, our lamb was not of the herd, rather our Lamb was the true Lamb of God, provided by God and through Him, we are redeemed from the power of bondage and sin.


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