Sunday, February 01, 2009


Exodus 12:17, Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.

Exodus 12:22, 23, Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

Exodus 12:26, 27, And when your children as you, “What does this ceremony mean to you?” then tell them, “It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.”

Exodus 13:8, On that day tell your son, “I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.”

Exodus 13:9, This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.

A couple of readers of this blog have pointed out that the entire Exodus story is a foreshadowing of the gospel, the salvation of the church; that the deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt is a parallel of God’s deliverance of the Church from bondage to sin. I couldn’t agree with them more! And the above passages make the point even more strongly! Note the significant parallels:

Israel continued to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover as a lasting ordinance for generations. Until that astonishing night when Jesus took the Passover bread and passed it among his disciples and said, “This bread is my body which is broken for you.” And he took the Passover cup and passed it to them saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” The disciples present must have been stunned. Prophecy was being fulfilled and a new sacrament was being established!

When the destroyer saw the blood on the doorframe he passed over. The LORD prevented him from striking down the faithful. The blood of Christ cleanses us from sin and covers us in righteousness that is not our own. When God looks upon us and sees the blood of his Son he does not allow the destroyer to strike us down.

When our children ask us what the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper means to us we tell them that it is the sacrifice of Christ who sealed God’s covenant with us which keeps us from being struck down along with the wicked.

At the sacrament I will tell my son, “I do this because of what the Lord did for me when he paid the penalty for my sin on the cross and brought me out from among the condemned.”

The observance of the Lord’s Supper will serve as a reminder of God’s grace and mercy and the love of Jesus Christ. Paul said, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Along with the sacrament the gospel of Christ is to be upon my lips!


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