March 24, 2016

Today you should read: Exodus 12:1-22

Pharaoh is unyielding. God has already performed many miracles through Moses, but his heart is stone. God has now decided to take the lives of the firstborns of everyone not protected by the blood of the lamb. This is a clear foreshadowing to the covering of our own sin by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and a wonderful reminder to celebrate His sacrifice for our eternities.

A few reminders:

  1. God has the right to do as He pleases with all the gifts He has given, including life. I think our limited capacity to understand His ways is magnified in our discomfort as He takes the lives of the seemingly innocent, and not the antagonist, Pharaoh. He operates way higher than we do.
  2. The difference in the lives he takes is dependent upon one thing – the blood of the lamb. The Hebrews were enslaved, but not perfect. God’s decision was from Himself only, not from the moral purity of the Israelites.
  3. I don’t know the logistics, but is it possible that Egyptians could have been invited to be spared with the Hebrews by the same blood?

One thing is clear today. The blood of Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, is sufficient for all. We have the power to tell others how they can be spared, too. Easter is a wonderful time to appreciate what God has done for us, but let’s not forget to share with those around us. I know I’m not alone in feeling convicted by my failure in this area. God is coming, and everyone who isn’t covered by the blood will die. Let us today open our mouths and speak what has the power to change eternities. Thank You, Jesus for being our Lamb.  

By: Dylan Jones

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “March 24, 2016”

  1. Wow, thanks Dylan! Great commentary! And a great question. We never think of the Egyptians, but how cool would it have been if through the plagues, there were Egyptians who came to believe in the Lord and thus participated in the Passover?

    I love how after everything his people had been through in Egypt, he tells them they deserve a party. I can’t imagine how overwhelming it would have been to be a follower of the Lord back then; likewise I can’t imagine how sweet it must have been to have these pre-ordained festivals to look forward to – times to just celebrate God’s goodness.

  2. Thank you Dylan! Your commentary is a blessing.

    Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain,
    Holy, Holy, is He.
    Sing a new song, to Him who sits on,
    Heaven’s Mercy Seat.

    Today I am reminded of the lyrics of one of my favorite worship songs we sing at CPC, Revelation Song. Have a blessed Maundy Thursday!

  3. I thought it was neat to see how the Israelites transition from getting mad at Moses when he first arrived because he was stirring up trouble with Pharoh up to this chapter where they seem to hang on every word and do not question even the smallest instruction. I guess 9 plagues can be an effective heart changer.

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