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Mashiach In The Passover
March 27, 2019
Mashiach Our Passover is Slain for Us
Exodus chapter twelve records the last of the ten plagues, which was the death of all the firstborn in Egypt. The blood of the Passover lamb was a type of the Lamb of God–Mashiach our Passover.
The word “Passover” (pasach) means “to pass over; to spread the wings over, to spare; preserve; protecting.” It refers to a specific time and place in the history of Israel when God’s judgment passed over and YHWH stood guard protecting those who trusted in Him. The Jewish Passover is a beautiful type of the salvation God has provided. It was a profession of faith in YHWH to save His people from the avenging angel of death.
Mashiach our Passover is sacrificed for us. The Passover Lamb was a substitutionary sacrifice. In each Jewish house in Egypt the Passover lamb was to die in the place of the firstborn. In the same way, Mashiach our Passover was sacrificed for us.
Let’s compare the original Passover lamb with the God’s Passover Lamb who came to take away the sin of the world.
The Passover Lamb must be a choice male lamb in the prime of his life.
“Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats” (Exodus 12:5). It was to die in the fullness of its life.
YHWH Ha Mashiach began His ministry in the prime of His life, around 30 years of age. “When He began His ministry, YHWH Himself was about thirty years of age . . .” (Luke 3:23). Here is a lamb who is in the prime of His life.
The Passover Lamb had to be without blemish.
The Passover Lamb must be perfect without any blemish or fault of any kind. Nothing but a perfect sacrifice could satisfy the requirements of a holy and righteous God (Lev. 22:21-22). It has to be perfect to be accepted.
We can find that the Mashiach was without blemish “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Mashiach” (1 Peter 1:18-19). Anyone who had sin in his life could not make atonement for sins. God can only be satisfied with a holy and pure sacrifice. The word for “unblemished,” or “without blemish” is used of a sacrifice without spot or blemish, faultless, unblameable.
It was necessary for the Passover lamb to be slain.
“The whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight” (12:6). Death must be inflicted on either the guilty sinner or upon an innocent substitute. The victim’s blood was taken and sprinkled upon the door-posts and lintel of the house where the Israelites dwelled. Without the sprinkling of blood there was no salvation that night. The lambs were slain between 3 and 5 PM of the afternoon before the Passover which began when the first ray of starlight could be seen in the sky.
At the trials of Mashiach the people shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” That was the common consent of the whole congregation of Israel (Matt. 27:22-23). Representatively YHWH Ha Mashiach stood in the place of every believing sinner. YHWH Ha Mashiach died at the very time that the Passover lambs were being slain in the temple in Jerusalem. Thousands of lambs were slain that first Passover night in Egypt, but it is interesting that throughout this chapter the singular is used when referring to the Lamb. Israel shall kill “it,” not them. There was only one Lamb in YHWH’s mind that night–the Lamb of God at Calvary. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
YHWH Ha Mashiachs’ scourging and death accomplished spiritual “healing” or salvation of every individual who trusts Him as his Savior. “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22)
“Mashiach our Passover also has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7b). Mashiach gave Himself as a ransom for our sins. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The word “redeemed” means “to set free by the payment of a ransom.” It is a ransom for life as of a slave, and therefore, to set free by payment of ransom. The ransom is the precious blood of YHWH. It was by the blood of Mashiach that we are redeemed from sin. We are totally depraved and in the need of God’s perfect sacrifice for sin. “Redemption” is a purchasing from the marketplace of sin with the priceless blood of a perfect lamb.
The bones of the Passover Lamb must not be broken.
“It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it” (Exodus 12:46).
The Roman soldiers came “to YHWH, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken’” (John 19:33-36).
Psalm 34:20, “He keeps all His bones; not one of them is broken.”
The blood of the Passover Lamb had to be applied in the correct manner.
“Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it” (Exodus 12:7).
We have to appropriate by faith the death of Mashiach for our sins. To have the blood of the Lamb applied to our hearts today we must be … Acts 2:38 The word remission means freedom; (figuratively) pardon: – deliverance, forgiveness, liberty.
The meat of the Passover Lamb must be eaten in the home.
“They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is YHWH’s Passover” (Exodus 12:8-11)
The SPIRIT OF GOD awakens our sinful, depraved heart, “dead in trespasses and sins,” to see YHWH Ha Mashiach as the Lamb slain on our behalf. The Lamb of God died as my substitute. He died instead of me. He died on my behalf. It is my personal responsibility to exercise faith in YHWH Ha Mashiach who died for me. I must by faith take the blood and find refuge beneath it. I must place it between my sins and a Holy God. To be saved by faith is to rely upon the Lamb of God as the sole ground of my acceptance with Him.
Not only did God provide for their salvation from the death angel, but He also provided nourishment for their travel. YHWH not only saves us from sin, but He also provides daily bread for our spiritual lives. We must come to Him for our nourishment every day. What we ate for spiritual food yesterday will not carry over for today or tomorrow. It is a daily relationship with YHWH.
The Passover Lamb of God provides perfect protection from the judgment of God.
“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am YHWH. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:12-13). The death of the Lamb and the sprinkling of its blood provided the only safe refuge from the judgment of God. Every first born who was not covered by the Passover lamb was slain that night.
The apostle John recognized this great truth when He wrote that Mashiach “Himself is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2). “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Mashiach is the means whereby our sin is covered and remitted. Propitiation means atonement. Propitiation is the appeasement of the wrath of God, by the love of God, through the gift of God’s own sacrifice. The initiative is taken by God Himself in sheer unmerited love. He turns His own wrath away by His own blood. God’s justice has now been satisfied. Our sin debt has been paid. His holiness is satisfied and God’s wrath is turned away. John the Baptizer saw YHWH and he declared, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, 36). “The blood of YHWH His Son cleanses us from all sin” (I John 1:7). “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of YHWH Ha Mashiach once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). The death of YHWH Ha Mashiach is the propitiation for all of our sins. Man sinned. Mashiach’s blood cancels the power of sin to separate God and man. Our Passover not only covers our sins, but He turns back the wrath of God which we deserve and God can look upon us with His favor.
The Passover meal was a memorial supper.
The Passover was to be celebrated every year as a remembrance of what YHWH had done in delivering Israel out of Egypt (Ex. 12:14, 42). Every year, every family would concentrate on this meal and the meaning of each of the elements of the meal. It was a method of teaching the people about redemption.
Under the New Blood covenant the Passover meal is a reminder of what Mashiach accomplished on our behalf.
The Passover Lamb’s blood must not be trampled on.
“For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you” Exodus 12:23 The blood of the lamb is not to be put on the threshold. It is not to be trampled upon. Do not trample on the blood of the Lamb of God. How tragic when men demean the blood of God.
This warning is repeated in the New Blood Covenant of the Mashiach’s blood
Heb 10:26 – 29 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahwah Ha Mashiach for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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