“Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.”
Exodus 12:1-7 NKJV
Beginning of months
It is a new year. I find that I cannot reflect on the past twelve months without feeling heat around my eyes, and the sensation of tears welling up. I, like everyone, has been pushed to the brink. Through the entire period of trial, I rejoiced daily in the grace of God, as my sins have been forgiven, and I have been spared from the wrath of the destroyer.
The children of Israel were coming through many years of trial, and stood on the cusp of sudden change. In many ways, they were about to embark on the beginning of months, as the Passover was about to be instituted. They were acting by faith, as Moses told them what they needed to do. It was the beginning of months, and nothing would ever be the same again.
It seems fitting that my own beginning of months occurred on an Easter Sunday in 1998, days after the celebration of Passover. We were celebrating the resurrection of the Lamb of God, slain for the ultimate passover feast. I was protected from the destroyer, by the blood of the Lamb, placed on the doorposts and lintel of my heart. My life was changed.
As I read the passage, I was reminded of the significance of the beginning of months, on the first day of this beginning of months.
Time and time again, God has demonstrated His sovereignty by putting just the right situation into my life at just the right time. It could be a passage needed at just the right moment, a song that ministers specifically to the depth of my need. Through those little non-coincidences, I know how much He loves me.
In the passage, God was about to show His great love, by freeing His people and sparing them from His wrath. In the Old Testament, Egypt is a type for sin, and God was demonstrated His great mercy by marking those who are His own.
They were spared from the destruction for sin. Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood that we be marked and spared from the wrath to come.
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.””
Revelation 21:7-8 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the destroyer is coming. For those who live life in sin, eternity awaits when they go to the lake of fire. There is also coming a day when the Jesus will come and judge the world. Those who are walking in the Spirit, sense that the Day of the Lord is coming soon.
Let us enter this beginning of months with great vigor, motivated to share the Good News with everyone we encounter. Let us endeaver to live godly lives, as ones saved by the blood of the Lamb, and transformed. We are new creations. The world needs to see what the Lord has done.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
The passage in Exodus screams of the Savior. I always find myself stopping at verse seven, where it is written that they will kill “it”, meaning one. Obviously one lamb would not be enough for the entirety of the congregation.
It is a foreshadowing of Jesus, the all sufficient sacrifice. Brothers and sisters, let us mark the doorposts and the lintel of our hearts, as we take up our cross and follow Jesus.
Even in the placement of the markings the children of Israel were to apply, forshadowed the cross on which He would someday shed His blood as the great Passover Lamb.
I want to thank Michael Thomas for the prayer message this morning. It lifted me. Let us make sure we pray for each other. This year will be full of blessing and cursing, and we will need much, deep, loving, faithful prayer.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!