Notes on the Exodus (112)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

The Pathway to Peace   (Chapter 12 Verses 1-12)

God wonderfully and graciously provides what he himself demands. As he did for our first parents, Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). As he did for Abel and for Isaac. It has been so from the beginning until now even. As redemptive history has unfolded and progressed, from one person to a household, to a nation, to a world of sinners. God has provided one Lamb. And he is sufficient for the sins of the entire race of sinners. He did not leave the world without hope, neither then or now. But God’s demand yet stands (v5). For any to meet with God it is on the basis of what he himself has provided. In order to avail oneself of salvation it was, is and ever shall be, only on the basis of God’s provision, nothing of ourselves. The blood of the lamb applied to the doorpost signified a trust in God himself in the face of the coming divine judgement. So there are two very important factors here. One, they believed in the coming judgement. Two, they believed, trusted in God’s provision. So for the Hebrew and the Egyptian the way stands open, but refusal for either meant death. The blood of the lamb signified a life taken, a substitute, a life for a life. It is sin that is the capital offence, why this the last plague is about to fall. The lamb is slain for the firstborn. God sees the blood and his wrath is turned away. Someone has died in the household, and there is peace. Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness, no turning away of the divine anger. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). “Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:20). There is peace of mind. But there is no peace without trusting in God’s word. The assurance of faith comes to us as a result of resting in the word of God. What he has provided and promised.

We have peace with God. Man’s greatest need in any day and generation, to be reconciled to God. Any lack of assurance that the believer suffers is as a result of a failure to trust, to rest in the God’s word of promise. We need to forget the feelings, the tears, even our own resolve, our peace lies in nothing of that. We must believe in order to be saved. The firstborn in any household knew that he was safe, how? The blood, he sees the blood and he knows the promise of God, judgment will pass him by. He trusts in what God had said. He may have wept at the thought of perishing, that didn’t save him. He may have made a firm resolve to obey God, that didn’t save him. He may have had feelings of all sorts, but none of these helped him in the face of the certain coming of God’s judgment. One thing and one thing alone saved him from certain death. Believing, believing what God promised, that if he saw the lamb’s blood on the doorpost he would pass over. And his heart was at peace. Belief in the truth. And peace through the blood. This Passover feast has been repeated through the ages, gallons and gallons of blood shed on Jewish altars. The king Josiah shed the blood of 37,000 sheep. Yet all that blood shifted not one single sin, impossible (Hebrews 10:4). Something more was needed. A more precious blood, that of Jesus, God’s Lamb (John 1:29). He is our Passover. All who trust in him, in his atoning, wonder-working blood are saved. God looks down and sees the blood of his Son painted upon the doorpost of your heart and his judgement, his wrath is turned away from you. No more death. For their is life in the blood of the Lamb, eternal life. God’s provision, a Lamb. That’s grace!

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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