REMEMBER GOD’S DELIVERANCE

Ex.12:40,41 – Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

What a strange feeling, the Jewish people of the world are sitting in their homes in isolation (like the rest of us in Corona- vill) celebrating Passover and waiting for deliverance from the present plague. One of the things they reflect on during this season was their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. After 430 years of slavery they were delivered in one day. Not only was there a sudden deliverance, they came out loaded down with God’s provision as the Egyptians basically paid them extravagantly to leave. For those of us who are locked up in our secret place in Christ (not just social distancing) there will not only be sudden deliverance, we will also spoil the land of Egypt. Don’t be surprised at the inheritance you come out of the present day crisis with. We will not only be delivered from this uncomfortable, prison like existence, we will come out loaded with the Egyptians silver and gold. Here is how the Expositor’s Commentary describes this passage.

“The Israelites, likewise, would see the coming of God’s deliverance. Here the exodus event was taking place. The Lord told the Israelites to be ready, and they were. The time finally came for them to leave Egypt. As the Israelites left the land, they pillaged the Egyptians as God commanded, receiving their gold and silver. This was a sign of God’s faithfulness to keep His word. Through Israel’s many hardships and struggles, God had remained faithful. Deliverance had arrived, and He had provided for His people. This points us to the greater exodus we have in the gospel. We have a King who vacated a grave and gave gifts to men. He gives us the spoils of His ultimate victory.”

As the Jews are celebrating Passover, we Christians are celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord. When Christ was crucified on the cross, our sins were washed away but something more astounding than that was being unfolded. We were also crucified with Christ. That old nature; that person I once was, was also nailed to the cross. I have been crucified with Christ. This is the very source of my deliverance. My old life is not only forgiven, it is destroyed. My inheritance is greater than anyone can know; my inheritance is Christ Himself.

PASSOVER

Exod.12:13 And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

What a strange season we are in. What makes it more interesting is how Holy Week for the Christians falls right on top of the Jewish Passover. Today is the beginning of Passover and is a remembrance of how the judgement of God passed over the children of Israel because of the blood that they placed on the door posts of their house. What is that blood all about and how does it relate to us today? The blood of the lamb on the Jewish homes spoke of the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God. He suffered the judgement of God in our place. The night the children of Israel left Egypt judgement fell on every home in the land. The only houses passed over by this judgement were those that had the mark of judgement, the blood of the lamb, on their house. Today we are in the middle of an unprecedented world wide plague. It is happening, of all things, at Passover. Our response is to apply the Blood of the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ, on our own lives and even on our house. This is a declaration that Christ took our plague in His body on the cross. As a result this plague will just Pass-over.

Here is a prayer I received from the Jewish Voice asking us to pray this Passover for God’s miraculous intervention.

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

We remember this Passover the deliverance of Your people Israel from the house of bondage with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. With the blood of the lamb applied to the doorposts of their houses, You delivered the Children of Israel from the plague of death. The deliverance of Israel demonstrated Your power and Your glory to the nations throughout the generations.

Tonight, we remember Your deliverance and appeal to Your might in our days and at this moment.

We acknowledge our wicked ways before You. We turn from them, and humbly repent. We plead the blood of Jesus (Yeshua), our Passover Lamb, over our sins and the sins of our nation. We beseech you, Lord, forgive us please, for You are ever ready to forgive those who put their trust in You.

With full confidence in Your goodness and Your almighty power, we, Your people, plead the blood of Jesus (Yeshua), the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world, over our families, our households, our nation, and all the nations – Spare us please! Deliver us please! Heal us please!

This Passover we ask that You stretch out Your mighty hand, in the Name of Your Son, to deliver us from and end the plague of coronavirus that Your healing be made known among all nations.

We ask this that Your Name be glorified and be made known in the world which you have created. Amen

“A LAMB FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD”

MERRY TUESDAY BY PARRIS

“Take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their father, a lamb for an house: … the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses” (Ex. 12:3, 23)

WHAT WOULD OUR CITY LOOK LIKE IF THEY HAD A LAMB FOR EVER HOUSE? HAVE YOU PARTAKEN OF THE LAMB?

John the Baptist speaks out to us today-“Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world!” John 1:29

Of all the Old Testament sacrifices, there is none that gives a clearer or richer revelation of the person and work of our Lord than the Passover. The Paschal Lamb aimed at deliverance, not of the individuals, but of families. He is enough for all of us and there is ample supply in the Lamb! He is covering us and our families!

Christ, our Passover, is slain for us. Christ, the Lamb of God, is still “a lamb for an house”! His blood may still be sprinkled upon the door that the destroyer enter not. There is a new and better covenant, and with the precious blood of Christ, the principle still holds good! Our faith has divine warrant and will be rewarded with the divine blessing. Our prayers avail much and secures us divine influence. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us! I Cor. 5:7 and 1 Peter 1:18-20 tells us that “we’ve not been redeemed with corruptible things but the precious blood of the Lamb”.

One more to remember is that every year the believing Israelite was to sprinkle the doorposts with blood, so testifying that it was only in the blood that he and his house could stand before God; he was also to write upon these same blood-sprinkled doorposts the words of God’s law. Deut. 6:7-9 So every day when our feet hit the floor we can apply this revelation day by day, in faith and prayer, in teaching and living. There is a Lamb available for every house! The Holy Spirit will reveal in His power all the truths that cluster round the promises of God for they are alive and active. I believe that the same God that showed up in Katrina will meet us again! I was visibly spoken to during that season and a new season is upon us!

What makes this Lamb so special? Well in the book of Revelations 5:5-6 it says, “I behold in the midst of the throne stood as a Lamb as it had been slain, having 7 horns and 7 eyes, which are the 7 spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. He is the all seeing all sufficient God for each of the situations that we face.

DEALING SPIRITUALLY WITH PESTILENCE

Lk.21:11 – And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

All of us are evaluating where we are with this corona pandemic and are trying to make decisions about protecting ourselves and loved ones from this pestilence. I wanted to share a few thoughts with you today about dealing with pestilence spiritually.

First, APPLY THE BLOOD ON YOUR LIFE AND FAMILY BY FAITH.

Ex.12:13 – Now 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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

The blood of Jesus is a protection for the children of God. By looking to His precious blood we can provide a covering for ourselves and those we love.

Secondly, FEAST ON THE LAMB.

Ex.12:7,8 – And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Jesus is the Lamb of God. We feast on Him by devouring the written word and drawing near to Him in prayer and worship. As we feast on Him we are providing nourishment and health to our whole being.

Third, GATHER AROUND THE LAMB WITH THE FAMILY (BIOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL)

Ex.12:3 – Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: “On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

I think having prayer and sharing communion with your biological and spiritual family is essential in times like these. Feasting on Christ with His family is essential for life.

Fourth, RECOGNIZE GOD’S PROMISES OF HEALTH AND HEALING. Here is a promise from Ex.15:26 – So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.

 There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

The Lord has given us precious promises about health and healing. He said two major things in this passage. He said He would put none of these diseases on us. Next, if we are sick He is the Lord who heals us. Apply these promises to your life by faith. He will strengthen you in this unusual season.

ONE LAST PLAGUE

ONE LAST PLAGUE

Ex. 12:12-13 ¶ “For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. Now 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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

From the burning bush, the Lord spoke to Moses and warned him that after all the trials, Pharaoh’s heart would be hardened and that he still wouldn’t let the people of Israel go free. Frogs, lice, hail, pestilence, and plagues came upon the land. And, as God predicted, Pharaoh did harden his heart. The Lord spoke to Moses, telling him about one last plague. He would kill the first-born of every animal and every family in all the land, including Pharaoh’s own son. God instructed Moses to have every Israelite household take a lamb, slaughter it and put its blood on the doorposts of his house. As Moses observed his Jewish brethren, about three million strong, killing the lambs and putting the blood on their homes, and as he did this for his own house, he glimpsed his unseen Friend. This is the Friend who would come to earth thousands of years later as a man. This was the Friend whose blood would be spilled on a cross. His name is Jesus, the Son of God, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, the Savior of mankind.

My friends, here we have a picture of how we come into the life of this unseen Friend. Through the precious blood of the Lamb of God, we have access to the incredible presence of God, where our eyes are opened and we begin to see the One who can’t be seen. The blood of Jesus is upon our households and upon our lives. I see the handiwork of God in my own life. Washed in the precious blood of Jesus, my conscience is cleansed. He walks with me and talks with me, just like He walked and talked with Moses. I stand in His presence, washed clean in the blood of Jesus. As the Israelites went into their houses that Passover night, they sat down at their tables and began to feast on the lamb that had been slain. The Lord instructed Moses to be sure that the en- tire lamb was consumed in each household. This lamb would give them strength for their journey, the great exodus from Egypt

Have you had a taste of the Lamb of God today? Have you tasted His goodness? Have you feasted on God today? No longer do we settle for types and shadows, we do not need to eat a physical lamb, Christ Himself is our food, we feast on Him by faith as we read the Bible and fellowship with Him in worship and prayer. The plague of death has been stayed; Christ, our Passover lamb has been slain.