Notes on the Exodus (120)

“Exposing the Exodus”

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The Lord’s Passover  (Chapter 12 Verses 37-51)

As we turn again to the ordinance of the Passover (v43-51), don’t miss the authentication of the historical record, the fulfilment of prophecy. “Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). Away back in Abraham’s day, God was saying exactly how this would work out and the number of years Israel would sojourn in Egypt. This is food for your faith. It matters because it is the history of your salvation. The accuracy of the Bible is the factual basis of the saving work of our God in history. And so to the Passover. It points to our Saviour, Jesus Christ the Lord. Not a bone to be broken (v46). The sacrifice must be a perfect one, this is the meaning here and of course, the reason why the bones of our Saviour could not be broken either. “Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs” (John 19:31-33). TDhroughout the Bible the Passover points onwards to the Saviour, to God’s lamb (John 1:29). His particular death for his particular people’s salvation. That through faith in his atoning death redemption would be theirs. The ordinance then and now is to be kept pure. The foreigner has no part in it (v45, 48). It’s not that they could not belong, but only by faith. That faith they would have to express publicly and in receiving the sign covenant. The sign which was circumcision in the old dispensation and now baptism in the new dispensation. It is not the sign of course that made them belong, but faith. The faith that recognised and accepted the offered salvation and life by God’s free and sovereign grace.

That grace is always particular. Israel was God’s chosen nation. They did not choose God, he chose them. We did not choose Jesus he chose us (John 15:16, 19). And Israel was chosen to be a blessing to all the nations. This was made plain to Abraham “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3). The bitter exclusivism of the Pharisees was never the Lord’s intent and still isn’t. We also are to be a blessing to the nations, we are to win this blood-bought world for God, not by turning the doctrines of grace into a set of quarantine rules. But by an indiscriminate preaching of the gospel of Christ to all men (Matthew 28:19). Some of the severest rebukes of the Lord were reserved for the ‘frozen chosen.’ “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23:13-15).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)
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