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The Destroyer of the Firstborn, part 13…

 How to Celebrate the New Year!

On July 21st, 1914, with the Egyptian summer sun at full blaze, I stood alone, in the stillness of the desert, amid the roofless, ruined houses of Pithom, the treasure city built by Pharaoh’s cruelly oppressed slaves of Israel. One could somewhat estimate the severity of their work in such heat; and also, gazing at the broken doorway of a small brick house, one pondered whether perhaps that was a lintel that had been splashed with blood and where Jehovah arrested the steps of that fierce Destroyer. Does my reader know in personal heart experience the meaning and power of the events of that far off stirring night? Or is it all to him but one among other curious items of antiquity?” – quote from Lang’s book.

The God of all gods – The Jehovah God – The God of the Covenant declares a passover for His son, Israel. This passover would concern the first-born in every household – the Israelites as well as Egyptians. However, the Egyptians would not be able to prevent the destroying angel from killing their firstborn sons, as well as firstborn cattle.

Jehovah’s instructions to Israel begin with commands to celebrate the “passover.” Exodus 12 is the summary of these instructions for their “new year’s eve” celebrations. If I put the whole chapter here, will you read it all? It is long, but I want you to see the correlation of the leaven to this celebration as well as the blood instructions. No, I will just put the leaven verses here today:

Exo 12:14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.

Exo 12:15 ‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.

Exo 12:16 ‘And on the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you.

Exo 12:17 ‘You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance.

Exo 12:18 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.

Exo 12:19 ‘Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land.

Exo 12:20 ‘You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'”

Exo 12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.

Exo 12:22 “And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.

Exo 12:23 “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.

Exo 12:24 “And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.

Exo 12:25 “And it will come about when you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, that you shall observe this rite.

Exo 12:26 “And it will come about when your children will say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’

Exo 12:27 that you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'” And the people bowed low and worshiped.

Exo 12:28 Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

 

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February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Angels |

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