Thursday, 25 March 2021
Our Aliyah today contains the ordinance of the sacrifice lamb. Exodus 11:5-8 "Your lamb is to be without blemish, a year old male. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You must watch over it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to slaughter it at twilight. They are to take the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the crossbeam of the houses where they will eat it. They are to eat the meat that night, roasted over a fire. With matzot and bitter herbs they are to eat it."
Yeshua followers know well this lamb sacrifice is an early prophetic act of a later reality. Some 1,500 years after the exodus from Egypt, Yeshua is the Lamb of God. John 1:29 "The next day, John sees Yeshua coming to him and says, 'Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'"
That lamb was brought into the house for 4 days and treated like a family pet. The family cared for the lamb and grew to love it. This made sacrificing it a greater act of faith.
Then each house had to put the blood in 4 places described in verse 7. Exodus 11:7a "They are to take the blood" means from the place of slaughter, right there in the doorway of the house. There was a dip at the threshold, perfect for catching the blood of the slain lamb, then the two side posts and the crossbeam up top. These are the same places we would find blood on the cross, the nails in Yeshua's feet and hands and finally, his crown of thorns.
On that first "passover" night, the houses of the obedient Hebrews were passed over by the angel of death, and the first born were saved. We are a first fruit people, saved by the blood of the Lamb, Yeshua.
Jacob 1:18 "By His will, He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created."
Hebrews 9:13-14 "For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah - who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God - cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
Rabbi Michael Weiner,