• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 21, 2021

Daily Reading: Exodus 10-12

Exodus 12:14

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

The memorial this verse speaks about is the Passover. God says that the Passover is a feast that should be maintained as a memorial throughout all generations and forever.

The Passover speaks of the events surrounding the last of the ten plagues that God hurled upon Egypt. The last plague was the death of the firstborn of every family, and of all livestock, in Egypt. The only escape from this awful calamity was the sacrifice of the Passover lamb, culminating with painting his blood on the doorposts of your house. But not just any lamb. This lamb had to be a lamb that was within its first year of life, kept for four days, the first born, and without blemish. It was to be slain, roasted with fire, and eaten in haste. This was part of the seven days feast of unleavened bread commonly called the Passover.

This feast began in Egypt. It was the last outpouring of wrath before Pharaoh set God's people free and it is to be memorialized in the hearts and minds of God's people for all generations.

So what about today? Do those who live by faith celebrate this memorial? Yes, we do. The original Passover lamb, and all that were subsequently sacrificed throughout the Old Testament pointed to the true and final Passover Lamb that was offered as a sacrifice to Almighty God in the New Testament. That New Testament Lamb was the one that John the Baptist introduced to the world when he declared: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). That verse also clearly identifies that Lamb of God as Jesus.

Yes, Jesus is our Passover Lamb. 1 Corinthians 5:7 proves it: Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. While New Testament believers are not bound to maintain the rituals of the Passover feast, we are to celebrate and memorialize our Passover Lamb which is Jesus Christ. We memorialize Him with the very manner of our lives, consuming Him by faith in both public worship services and personal devotions, by our ever-ready style of living, looking for His imminent return as being pilgrims and sojourners through this life, and in many other similar ways.

Yes, the Passover is to be memorialized in every generation. As the Hebrews were to teach the next generation of God's great actions on their behalf, we also are to instruct the next generation of all the great actions of a loving God on our behalf. After all, every generation is only one generation away from total and complete apostasy through ignorance and neglect of Scriptural teaching. Let us be faithful.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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