Seeing glimpses of redemption. Exodus 12:1-2 says: “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Redemption is a brand-new beginning. Israel had been in Egypt for 430 years. They were in bondage and were about to start their journey to the land of milk and honey. It was the re-birth of the nation of Israel! They wandered in the wilderness, which is a type of our wandering in this world, for 40 years and eventually they crossed over the Jordan River into that Promised Land. When we are born again, it is a new beginning for us with Jesus Christ and we also begin our journey to the Promised Land! In Exodus 12:3 & 4, we see a glimpse of redemption for all. “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb…” “…every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.” It is not just for some, it is for all who will take heed to God’s instructions for redemption. Redemption is not limited in its atonement! When Jesus died on Calvary’s cross, it was not for a limited few. It was for everyone!
In Exodus 12:5 & 6, we see a glimpse of our Savior. “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year…”. Jesus is the perfect, sinless, Lamb of God. “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month…” They had time to observe it to make sure it was perfect. From His baptism to His crucifixion, when Jesus was questioned by the scribes and Pharisees, He never failed a single question. He was tempted of the devil and passed with flying colors. He was on display for the whole world to see that He was the Lamb of God. “…and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.” It had to be killed. Its blood had to be shed. Exodus 12:7 tells us: “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” If there were ever a clear picture of the cross in the Old Testament of our Bible, it is here. Without knowing it, the Israelites were making a cross on the front of their homes. They were literally hiding behind the cross of the blood of that lamb!
In Exodus 12:8, the unleavened bread speaks of sincerity and truth. In the bitter herbs, we see Christ suffering on the cross and the bitterness of bearing our sin. Exodus 12:9 is very interesting: “Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.” It was a complete sacrifice with no water involved. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He said: “I thirst”. His body was dehydrated. The lamb was to be roasted with the head and legs intact. On the cross, not one bone of Christ was broken. His whole body was hung on the cross; His whole body was put in the tomb, and it was His whole body that arose from the grave! Exodus 12:10 & 11 speak of being prepared and ready for the journey! We must have the robe of righteousness for the journey to the Promised Land! Our salvation is not a process; it is a transaction! It is immediate. In Exodus 12:13, God said, “…and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you…”. Are you are covered by His blood? Are you ready for your journey? Romans 10:9 & 13 tell us, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Our salvation is our robe of righteousness.