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Exodus 14:21-25

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“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians’” (Exodus 14:21-25).

 The Israelites found themselves in the dessert with their backs against the wall—the Red Sea, a body of water that is 220 miles across—and their enemy rapidly approaching with chariots and spears.  The prospects for survival seemed smaller and smaller with each passing moment.  But as the passage tells us, the LORD fought for them and provided the way of escape through a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.  But this event as it falls within the story of redemptive history is really the story of Jesus, and is a picture of what God would ultimately do for his people through the person and work of Christ.  As we stood there—spiritually speaking—caught between sin and the Law, with no hope of survival, God did for us what we could never do for ourselves “by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom 8:3-4). God, through Christ, provided a way for us to overcome death and sin and the law.  That way is by faith alone in Christ alone for our salvation.

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Exodus 12:21-27

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Hi folks!
For our "Creation to Consummation" passage this Sunday, we will be reading together Exodus 12:21-27.
“Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike 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 enter your houses to strike you.”

This is such a glorious scripture passage as it points us forward to Christ, the ultimate Passover lamb.  There was nothing magical about the blood of the lamb that was smeared over the doorposts in Egypt.  It was not the actual blood that delivered them, nor was it the sacrifice of the lamb that delivered them.  Rather the Jews were delivered from the wrath of God because of their faith in God and in the word of God.  The book of Hebrews makes clear that “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (10:4).  Instead, all the sacrifices in the Old Testament, including the Passover event, were designed to point us forward toward our need for a genuine Savior, someone who could truly deliver us from the wrath of God.  That genuine savior is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).  And today, just as in the Old Testament, we are delivered from God's wrath by placing our faith in God and in the Word of God, and by believing that Jesus—the true Lamb of God—really did atone for our sins.  See you Sunday!



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