to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why Celebrate? Passover

"Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin.None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning.  For theLord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door andwill not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you." Exodus 12:21-24

Why do we celebrate Passover?  Perhaps you don't celebrate.  I used to think this was strictly a Jewish holiday, that is until I educated myself.  In Exodus, Moses demands Pharo to let his people go from Egypt.  When Pharo doesn't listen, The Lord allows ten plagues to hit in order to free Moses and his people.  The Lord tells Moses and Aaron in Egypt that there is one tenth and final plague.  The people must take a spotless lamb and kill it at sundown.  They must take some blood and paint it with hyssop plants.  Hyssop is a wild shrub of uncertain identity whose twigs were used for sprinkling in ancient Jewish rites of purification.

They paint the blood on the doorposts and across the lintel or top of the door frame.  That night, The Lord would pass through Egypt, He would take the firstborn man or beast from each house.  If the home had the blood at the doorway, The Lord would pass over the house, leaving the firstborn man and beast to live.  This act would executing judgement, separating the believer from the non believer.

He also gave strict instruction on how to cook the animal and eat it.  He told them not to boil it or eat it raw.  They must roast it and they also needed to burn the remainder by morning.  The Lord thinks highly of tradition or ceremony.  This Passover celebration is something they celebrated every year.  They would travel for this.  Remember in Luke 2:41, this is when 12 year old Jesus traveled with His family to the temple to celebrate the Passover.  When His mom and dad, Mary and Joseph get back home, they realize that Jesus was missing.  They found out that he had stayed at the temple.  

Two things about the instructions given for passover jump out at me.  First, they needed to find a spotless lamb to sacrafice.  1 Peter 1:19 says "but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot."  Jesus was described as a spotless lamb.  That verse goes on to say that with the precious blood of Christ, we were purchased, not with gold.  Do you remember what they put on the doorposts of their homes in order to allow The Lord to spare their firstborn man and beast?  You got it, blood.  This plague is the foretelling of what is to come.

So as you celebrate The Passover, think about why you do so.  This year, let's be intentional about what we celebrate this week.  Let's pray:

"Lord, thank You for Passover.  Thank You for sparing us  who believe.  God You created these ceremonies or celebrations, they are in Your name, God.  Lord, I believe that You are Sovereign.  God You have provided that spotless lamb, one without blemish.  God You provided Your Son, Jesus to fill that role for the ultimate sacrifice.  We love tradition and we thank You for making some for us.  I pray each reader can think about this week.  I pray in all the tradition or celebration, that You Lord, are not overlooked.  We cannot have Salvation without belief in Jesus.  Thank You for symbolism.  Thank You God for understanding.  We love You and it's in Your Son's name we pray."