While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “…Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household…That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning.”
Exodus 12:1, 3, 8-10 NLT
Welcome to Part 4 of our 7-part series based on the sermon by Bishop Bob Alonge that outlines 7 important things to note about the Passover. In the first article of this series, the significance of the Passover was highlighted firstly as being beneficial to both God and man. In the second article, we explored the fact that God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover every year; passing on from generation to generation, the memory of what God did for them in Egypt – liberation from slavery and oppression. We too, when taking the communion and in other Christian practices, remember that Jesus Christ through His Death and Resurrection gave us forgiveness and freedom from sin, disease, Hell & so much more! The third article looks into the reason why God commanded the Israelites to eat bread without leaven (yeast) which is to symbolise a life without sin.
The fourth thing to note is that God ordered the Passover lamb to be roasted i.e. consumed by fire. Every single part of the lamb was roasted, even its head & feet. 🔥 Fire symbolises God’s acceptance, and so the lamb being roasted by fire was symbolising the glory of God (which includes preservation, health, prosperity, etc) coming upon every household that made the sacrifice. And, It wasn’t just roasted before it was eaten rather God commanded that there be no leftovers, so whatever remained from what the household ate was completely burnt by fire which means part of the Passover lamb was consumed by God – we explored this fact more in the first article.
“Each Passover lamb must be eaten in one house. Do not carry any of its meat outside, and do not break any of its bones.” Exodus 12:46 NLT
“He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.” Psalms 34:20 NKJV
But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs…For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” John 19:33 & 36 NKJV
The Scriptures above show something crucial for our understanding of why God was so specific and detailed about the Passover Lamb. God, the Eternal Author of the Universe, had always planned for Jesus, His Son, Himself, to be the Saviour for Humanity; the Precious Lamb of God that would take away our sins and bring us into God’s Kingdom as sons and daughters. It has always been God’s intention to establish His Kingdom (His Will and Way) upon the Earth through us His kings, with Jesus as the King of kings He was always meant to be (to learn more about God’s Kingdom plan, read this article). But first, He must lay down His life for ours, that we may have His. Oh, what joy, to be loved by an intentional God.
- Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, open up your heart to receive by faith His saving Grace in any aspect of your life you really need to experience it in. If you feel led, take the communion.
- Are there aspects of your life you’re struggling to believe God accepts? Receive His Love right now, ask Him to show you how righteous You are because of Jesus and how He intends to use those aspects for His Glory. Choose to trust Him.
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- This article is part 4 of a 7-day series based on the Passover by Bishop Bob Alonge. Watch here. Read the 1st part here. Read the 2nd part here. Read the 3rd part here.
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