Passover Lambs — Exodus 10-12

Today’s reading includes some of the more interesting Old Testament reading: regulations for the final plague on Egypt (death of the firstborn), regulations of the Passover, and the liberation of Israel after 430 years (to the day) of living in Egypt.

I thought it might be interesting to compare the Passover (liberation of Israel) and the parallels to Christ’s death (and our liberation).

  • A lamb was to be killed / Jesus was called “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
  • The lamb was to be killed on the day of preparation / Jesus was killed on the day of preparation of Passover (John 19:14).
  • The was a sacrifice / Jesus was also a sacrifice for us (Heb. 10:12).
  • The sacrifice was a “peace offering” / We are also told that He is our peace (Eph. 2:14).
  • A “peace offering” is a meal eaten with God (Lev. 3) / every week we partake in a fellowship meal called the Lord’s Supper or Communion (Matt. 26:26).
  • The lamb was to be an unblemished male / Jesus was without sin (Heb. 4:15).
  • The blood of the Passover lamb was placed on the doorposts to mark homes where the plague of death would “pass over” / it is the blood of Jesus the Lamb of God that rescues us from death (1 Peter 1:9).
  • Not a bone was to be broken on the sacrificial lamb (Exo. 12:46) / not a bone of Christ was broken (John 19:36).
  • The power of Pharaoh was broken over Israel / the power of Satan was broken at the cross (Heb. 2:14).
  • The children of Israel were no longer slaves / we were liberated, because of Christ’s sacrifice (Rom. 6:17).
  • The consequence of unbelief was death of the firstborn / the consequence of our sin and unbelief was taken away by the death of God’s firstborn (Heb. 12:23).

See you tomorrow, Lord willing.

About parklinscomb

I'm a minister for the church of Christ in Manchester NH where I've worked since the 1970's. I'm a big fan of my family, archaeology, the Bible, the Lord's church, and Gander Brook Christian Camp.
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