Summary: So many people don’t understand that FREEDOM comes with a price. The blood of millions of many fine soldiers has paid for the freedoms we enjoy today! Likewise, the blood of a tiny lamb was the price for freedom of those bound in slavery in Egypt. Our fre
Date Written: May 18, 2009
Date Preached: May 24, 2008
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Sermon Series: Are We Ready to Love – Remembering Back?
Sermon Title: Do We TRULY Remember?
Sermon Text: Exodus 12:1-14
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
2 This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.
4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats,
6 and you shall keep it until the 14th day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
7 Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts.
10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn.
11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.
13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 This day shall be for you A MEMORIAL DAY, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.
When we read this passage we can see that God is giving instructions the Jews… for their deliverance from Egypt, but this is not just instructions for that night… but it was to become the Feast of Passover… a feast to be remembered and celebrated every year to remember His deliverance and salvation of His people from Egypt.
In our passage God has already brought 9 plagues on the land of Egypt in an effort to deliver the nation of Israel, but the Pharaoh’s heart is hard and he will not let them go. So Moses has told the Pharaoh that another plague is coming…
And as the 10th plague is about to fall on the land, a plague where the firstborn of every household will die, God provides a way of protection for His people from this terrible plague.
God instructs them to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood of the lamb on the top and side posts of the door and His promise is found in v. 13 where He says, “...when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
There was one essential distinction that fateful night between the Israelites and the Egyptians. The blood applied by faith in obedience to God’s instruction made all the difference.
I want you to see something here in this act by God, I want you to see and understand that God didn’t say, “Sacrifice the lamb and put the blood over your door and then I am going to look at your works and then decide whether or NOT you deserve My protection!”
If God HAD done that, all of Israel would have been in big trouble. This act of God was an awesome portrayal and demonstration of God’s wonderful grace. Because it was God Himself who provided the instruction and means… and also provided the way for their salvation.
All the nation of Israel had to do was to take God at His word and do exactly what He told them to do. The blood applied (in faith) to the door posts was the essential difference.