Summary: This sermon is from Exodus chapter 12 and is about the Passover, final preparation for the Exodus and the perfect sacrifice. Some of the ideas come from "Preach for a Year," by Roger Campbell and commentaries too numerous to mention. My thanks to all.
Day of Deliverance
Text: Exodus 12:1-14
A. The Heart of Exodus
1. Moses at the burning bush looked to this day. (EX. 3:1 – 22)
2. The meetings with Pharaoh culminate in this day
B. The Importance of the Day of Deliverance
1. For Jews: The Passover
2. For Christians: a type of the sacrifice at Calvary
3. Moody: "One of the most important chapters in the Bible."
C. Pleading and Plagues Fail: Deliverance Must Come by Blood
II. A Complete New Beginning
A. A new month, a new year and a new life. (vv. 1-2)
1. Israel’s new beginning and deliverance is marked by blood beginning.
2. The years in Egypt don’t count anymore. God gives them a new beginning, a new month and a new year.
a. Once you accept the sacrifice Jesus made for you with His blood and you are forgiven of your sins (come out of Egypt) you begin anew.
3. After salvation: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17
4. Speaking of a new beginning: People say: "If only I could begin again!"
a. We begin again at the new birth (John 3:3-16)
B. A new beginning required faith in the Blood of the Lamb. It still does! (vv. 3-7)
1. Deliverance from death depended on the blood of a lamb. It still does!
2. The chosen lamb had to be: A male of the first year. Perfect and without blemish (1 Peter 1:18-19)
a. Christ is the perfect Lamb of God (John 1:29)
b. The Lamb in now seated on His throne in heaven (Rev. 5:8; 7:9-17; 19:7-10; 21:8, 23)
3. The whole assembly had to kill the Lamb; The 100’s of lambs became one Lamb in God's sight.
a. One lamb for one house. Every house has to have a lamb. Any family of the Jews could have refused to accept to participate or to do it God’s way, but the result would have been a visit from the death angel.
b. The Lamb had to be accepted and taken individually. It still does!
c. Jacob (Israel) had come to Egypt as a family but God was delivering a nation.
d. Nations are made up of families and families are made up of individuals. Families are a precious thing. God created the family unit!
e. That’s why we do not share The LORD’S Supper with others outside our family, even if they are saved. (Closed communion)
f. Your church, your family nor anyone else can force you to accept, or gift you with…the precious blood of the Lamb. It has to be received individually.
4. The lamb was to be roasted with fire.
a. Leaven speaks of sin. Fire speaks of judgment. W/O the blood… judgment.
b. The unleavened bread speaks of the one without sin…Christ, the One we are to feed upon will judge sin. Forgiven sin will be put away. (PS. 103:12)
c. The Lamb and bread were to be eaten with bitter herbs. The Christian life will not always be sweet.
d. Sin MUST be judged. Judgment or the blood purges away the old leaven, or sin.
e. Of course babies didn’t know about all this…would God leave them behind?
f. Babies won’t be left behind. They were cared for here (before the age of accountability) and will be at the rapture.
4. The striking of the Blood of the Lamb on the door posts
a. Hyssop: the commonest of plants, speaks of simple faith. Simple faith is used to apply the blood.
b. Blood of the lamb is placed on the two side posts and lintel of the door: Jesus said “I am the door.” (JN. 10:9) Pictures the cross.
5. This would secure safety for the firstborn of Israel
6. "When I see the blood, I will pass over you" (Ex. 12:13)
C. Feeding on the Lamb (vv. 8-11)
1. The blood of the lamb for safety, the meat of the lamb for strength.
2. How they were to eat the lamb
a. Roast with fire: the judgment of the cross
b. With unleavened bread: Christ's purity.
c. With bitter herbs: the sufferings of Christ.
d. With loins girded: ready to go, to serve
e. With staff in hand: pilgrims here below.
f. With shoes on their feet: ready to walk in His strength.
A. Provisions in Christ's Death for Us All
1. For forgiveness of our sins
2. For justification
3. For overcoming in daily life
B. Jesus Is All You Need