Exodus 12:1-2 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.
What is a calendar used for?
A way of keeping track of days, weeks, months and larger divisions of time.
So why would God what to change a system of marking time that the people were accustomed to and had been using their entire lives?
God is about to introduce a new time in their lives, a new beginning.
Turn to Isaiah 43:18-19 “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
God wants them to forget about the past and concentrate on what He is doing for them TODAY!
Turn to Lamentations 3:22-24 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Have you ever tried to learn a new system and asked yourself “who came up with this system”?
In today’s life we have Christmas, Easter, New Years, birthdays and anniversaries that we mark on the calendar as times of new beginnings in our lives.
Turn to Philippians 3:12-14 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
When we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior He wants us to forget about our past life on concentrate on Him.
For the rest of their lives, every time they had to think about the new calendar they also had to think about the One who gave it to them and what He did for them.
Exodus 12:3-5 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
Here we read some detailed information about choosing and preparing for the meal.
Why the measured out portions of lamb?
Sharing it with others as needed is what God expects of us today.
It says in Hebrews 13:16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
We are not to be wasteful with God’s resources
It says in John 6:12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”
Why a male lamb?
Turn back to Exodus 11:4-5 Moses had announced to Pharaoh, “This is what the Lord says: At midnight tonight I will pass through the heart of Egypt. 5 All the firstborn sons will die in every family in Egypt, from the oldest son of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the oldest son of his lowliest servant girl who grinds the flour. Even the firstborn of all the livestock will die
Who did God say must die in verse 5: Firstborn sons
The blood of the male lamb is taking the place of the first-born sons of Israel.
Why a one-year-old lamb
Because like being unblemished it would have reached the full strength of life.
Why without defect or unblemished?
There is the symbolic reason and the fact that God wanted them to have the best, quality of meat, and safe from worries of disease.
That’s what God says in Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God will never give us or lead us into anything that does not give Him glory.
Exodus 12:6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
The first thing to notice is that everyone is involved. God is creating an atmosphere where everyone is bonded together and while everyone is different they have a common cause.
That’s why it says in Romans 12:5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Notice next what has to be given up to receive something better.
What kind of time, energy and importance had to be given to this animal?
They have had to take care of this lamb for four days to make sure it is well kept from any harm or even a blemish.Then you had to kill the animal.
To put this in terms for us guys today.
Can you imagine having a car we fix up and take care of just see it wrecked.
Or for the ladies, going out shopping for that just right pair of shoes only to see them thrown away.
We have to sacrifice the things we care about to get something better God wants to gives us.
Exodus 12:7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
Not only was the lamb to killed and the blood spilled out but it was to be used to cover the doors and lintels
Could not God had protected His people without putting blood on the door frame?
It says in Matthew 10:33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
This is about faith and obedience and works.
James 2:17-18 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
Exodus 12:8-11 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
Again we see detailed information on how the people are to carryout God’s plan.
To best explain the bitter herbs and the bread let’s read…….
Turn to 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
They, just like us today, are never to forget where we came from and what the Lord did to save us.
The cooking of the lamb on a fire with the head, legs and internal organs let think about this.
Which takes longer, to throw something on the grill and to cook it in a crockpot?
This is about ready to depart once the Lord strikes down all of the first-born in Egypt.
God know Pharaoh will change his mind one way and then change back the other way.
God was preparing them for a journey just as Jesus prepared His disciples.
It says in Luke 9:3 “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.
God tells them to eat with their clothes and shoes on and working tools in their hand.
They were to eat, being ready to go when God called them.
That same lesson applies to us today.
It says in Matthew 24:36-37 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Exodus 12:12-13 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
This is about God’s judgment and His saving grace for those who placed their faith in Him.
Matthew 25:31-32 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
It is about those that have been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 7:14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Turn to Acts 5:19-20 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
We are to go out into the world, professing our faith, telling the world what Jesus Christ did for us personally and can do for them as well.
Turn to 2 Corinthians 5:14-19 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.