Ex 12:3                      Selection of the Lamb                               8/23/2009      ßà

  • How Does God Save? (Ex 11:4-7, Rom 5:12,15)

 

 

 

#1.       The Father (Eph 1:3-5, John 6:37).         Election.

 

 

 

  • The Son (Eph 1:6-8, John 1:29, Ex 12:10).         Redemption.

 

 

 

  • The Holy Spirit (Eph 1:9-11, Ex 12:7-8, John 1:12-13)  Regeneration.

 

 

 

#2.       For Whom Did Christ Come? (Ex 12:1-10, John 12:20-21, 23, 28-33)

 

 

 

  • For Israel? (Ex 12:3, John 1:13, Rom 9:6-8, Matt 2:15, Hos 11:1)

 

 

 

  • For All the Firstborn? (Ex 11:5, Col 1:18, Psalm 89:27-29)

 

 

 

#3.       A Lamb for a House (Ex 12:3, John 1:1)

 

 

 

  • All in the House Need It (John 1:5,10)

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 11:4 (2X). Today we are going to Ex 12:3, where God instructs the children of Israel to select a Lamb for each household. Therefore the title of this sermon is, Selection of the Lamb (2X). But first we need to look at Ex 11:4-7 again. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him, he said: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”. What was that sacrificial lamb that John the Baptist was comparing Jesus to? What was the most astounding sacrificial lamb in the history of the nation of Israel up to that time? It was an event whereby a sacrificial lamb was the key in delivering Israel from bondage, delivering Israel from slavery, out of the land of Egypt. That sacrificial Lamb was the key that opened the door of their prison camp, so to speak. Of course, you know which Lamb I am talking about. It was the Passover Lamb, also called the Pascal Lamb. And that Lamb was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ suffering and dying on the cross for those whom He came to save. That is why John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and said: “Behold the Lamb of God”. And then John said: “Which taketh away the sin of the world.” We can immediately see 4 points can be added to these words: #1. Christ could only take away sin through death, because the wages of sin is death. Therefore He is called “the Lamb”, for God said, “Without shedding of blood is no remission. However, the death that God had in view as the wages of sin is the second death in the Lake of Fire. Therefore, the death of Christ on the cross, the death that we can see, is only a shadow of the death that the Lord Jesus Christ had to endure, while hanging on the cross. #2. We know that, sin implies “condemnation” to die, in fact to die the second death. Therefore taking away sin implies taking away “condemnation”. #3. We also know that “There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”. Therefore, “the world” that John the Baptist mentioned is not the whole world, but the world of those which are in Christ Jesus, for it is only those who are in Christ for whom there is now no condemnation. This is “the world of believers”, as contrasted from “the world of the ungodly” that we find in other parts of Scripture. #4. Therefore, these words speak of deliverance from sin and Satan, symbolized by Egypt. These words speak of salvation from death and Hell. And thus the next question is:

  • How Does God Save? (Ex 11:4-7, Rom 5:12,15)

One crucial element of the plan by which God saves is the concept of election. We read in Ex 11:4-7,

Ex 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel

In verse 7 God indicated that He has an elect people whom He gives special treatment. God also explained that He was going to kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.  Why only the firstborn? God was using a principle that is known as a synecdoche. A  synecdoche is a figure of speech by which a part is representing the whole, or sometimes the whole is representing a part. When John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”, God was using a synecdoche. God mentioned the world, but the Bible shows that only that part of the world which is “in Christ” is in view. When God smote all the firstborn in Egypt, God was again using a synecdoche, whereby all the firstborn of Egypt were representing the whole of Egypt. In other words: death was decreed upon all of Egypt, as if judgment day had arrived for the whole land of Egypt, for that is exactly the picture of the last plague in Egypt. “How does God save His elect people from the Judgment to come”? God does it in three major steps: #1, Election, #2, Redemption, and #3, Regeneration. We will look at these three steps from the words of Scripture. But the main reason why this route will accomplish what had God planned is that the whole human race is not a collection of individuals, but is regarded by God as one organism. Therefore in the flesh the whole human race is represented by Adam. And a part of the human race who are “in Christ” have Christ as their spiritual representative. We read in Rom 5:12,

Ro 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

And so, the sin of Adam cleaves to us from the day we have been conceived in our mother’s womb, which is called “original sin”. And since one sin leads to another, we came into the world as despicable rotten sinners who deserved the wrath of God. But for that part of mankind who are “in Christ”, God ordained that Christ is our representative. Therefore we read in Rom 5:15,

Ro 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Like the gift of Adam, original sin, was a free gift, so the gift of Christ, redemption, was a free gift to all the elect. And this could only come to pass because mankind functions like one organism. If you do not want Adam to be your representative, then you also cannot have Christ as your representative. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:3 (2X) and let us now look at the three steps of salvation the way God designed it, which corresponds to three actions of the Triune God:

#1.       The Father (Eph 1:3-5, John 6:37).         Election.

The Epistle to the Ephesians gives us a great deal of Insight into God’s plans from everlasting past to everlasting future, which we find especially in the first three chapters. We read in Eph 1:3-5,

Eph 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

God says here, in no uncertain terms, that the Father chose us to be in Christ before the foundation of the world. But we did not exist yet at that time, and even our souls did not exist at that time. From other passages in the Bible we learn that our names are written in heaven. And so before the foundation of the world our names were written in  the mind of God the Son, since before the foundation of the world there was no one else than God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Who are all these elect? We do not know. But these are the people whom the Lord Jesus mentioned in John 6:37, when He spoke to the Jews who believed on Him. We read in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Everyone of these elect shall be guided by the Holy Spirit, and shall believe on Jesus, and shall receive forgiveness for their sins. And so, salvation is 100% a gift from God. None of our works could influence God’s predestinating power.

  • The Son (Eph 1:6-8, John 1:29, Ex 12:10).        Redemption.

God the Son purchased our redemption at the cross. What is redemption? The word means “To buy back, or to buy out” particularly of a slave, by paying a ransom for that slave, and then set him free. That is what is in view here. The children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. There was no way they could get out of Egypt. A ransom must be paid. God was painting a picture here of US, His people, born in slavery to sin and Satan. The Bible says that we were spiritually dead in trespasses and sins and deserving to go to Hell. There was no way we could free ourselves from this bondage. Who paid our ransom? The Lord Jesus Christ paid our ransom on the cross on Friday, April 3, in the year AD 33. What did He have to pay? He had to pay what we owed: We owed the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. When the Lord Jesus on the cross said: “It is finished”, He had completed paying the ransom for many slaves, ready to be set free. When were we set free? At the moment that we believed we were set free from our bondage to sin and to the Law. Who paid the ransom for the children of Israel in Egypt? The sentence of death fell on an innocent substitute. Can you see the wonderful picture of the contents of the Gospel?  It was the Lamb without blemish that died in the place of the children of Israel, so that God the Judge would pass over them and they would be spared in the Judgment. There were many thousands of lambs slain on that first Passover day. But is it not remarkable that never once is the plural word “lambs” used through Exodus chapter 12. There was only One Lamb before God’s view: The Lamb of Calvary. That is why John the Baptist could say: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” For whom did the Lamb without blemish die? Only for Israel. By whom was it to be eaten? Only Israel. God says in Ex 12:10, “And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.” Leave nothing for the Egyptians ! Christ suffered and died only for the Israel of God. Only for those whom God has elected from before the foundation of the world. All deserved to die, both Egyptians and Israelites alike. But God has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth. And so, clearly election is in view in this chapter. We read in Eph 1:6-8,

Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Eph 1:7-8  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

The Father has made us accepted as adopted children of God in the Beloved, meaning “in Christ”. We were in Christ when He was crucified. We were in Christ when He endured the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. We died with Christ. We were buried with Christ. We were raised with Christ. God uses this language is to let us know that we have been to Hell already, and therefore God will never allow us to go to Hell again. That is the guaranteed redemption of our body and our soul. The moment of the redemption of our soul occurs in our lifetime.

  • The Holy Spirit (Eph 1:9-11, Ex 12:7-8, John 1:12-13)            Regeneration.

Eph 1:9-11 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

When did the Holy Spirit make known unto us the mystery of His will? It was in a moment of time when we suddenly came to our senses and believed the Gospel, the Good News of the salvation that we so dearly needed. God the Holy Spirit chose this moment in time “according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself” to regenerate our dead soul to become alive unto God. And now we can see in verse 11 how this entire predestination story can be summarized. The elect are predestinated to obtain the marvelous inheritance. No one else will be able to believe this wonderful Gospel, and thus Christ did not die for all those who are non-elect. Only the elect are led by God’s irresistible grace to the truth of the Gospel. And all things shall work together to accomplish “the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” Those who have been redeemed at the cross are guaranteed to become saved sometime during their lifetime. Since Christ paid for all their sins, God has committed Himself to make them sons of God. God says in John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” Who are those that received Him? The next verse tells us who they are: “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (Born of God!) Those who were Born of God, (or in the words of John 3:3, “Born Again”,) are given faith as evidence that they have been Born of God. But faith induces action. It is the action of totally trusting what God has said. Please turn again to Ex 12:7 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. An Israelite household that has killed the lamb, must by faith also strike the blood on the two side posts and the upper doorpost of the entrance to their house. Likewise, today, it is not enough for me to know intellectually that the precious blood of the Lamb of God was shed for the remission of sins. Christ must also be received. There must be faith in His blood. And how can I receive that faith? God must first make me alive, and then I receive that faith. God must first make me Born Again, and then I receive that faith as evidence that I have been Born Again. This is the regeneration of our soul when all the work of Christ on the cross will be applied to our soul. Ex 12:8, “And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.” We eat it with bitter herbs when we remember by faith the bitter days of our slavery.

#2.       For Whom Did Christ Come? (Ex 12:1-10, John 12:20-21, 23, 28-33)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 12:1 (2X). The Passover was the most significant event in the history of the nation of Israel. It was the day that the nation of Israel really became a nation, for it was on that day that the entire nation was delivered from slavery. Who are the persons who must celebrate this feast? Everyone! Each individual has to partake of the Passover Lamb, for each one is redeemed individually. We read in Ex 12:1-10,

Ex 12:1-10 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. 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, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 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. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 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. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

Notice here that God established a new calendar. This harmonizes completely with the concept that the nation of Israel fills the role of God’s elect who are being saved. When the elect are saved a new life for them begins, and thus a new calendar fits the same idea. Then we see that on the 10th day of this first month every household had to select a lamb. And a basic essential was that the lamb had to be without blemish. This lamb represented the Lord Jesus Christ, and thus the lamb must have no blemish. Then on the 14th day of this fist month all these lambs had to be killed in the evening, but literally “between the evenings”. Where would they kill these 500,000 lambs? Since the Levitical priesthood was not yet in place, every head of a household killed his lamb at the front door of his house. Then he smeared the blood on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the house where he is going to eat it. And he has to remember to leave nothing for the Egyptians. All the remains must be burned. And thus the blood of the lamb was visible on all four sides of the door, which symbolizes the crucifixion of the Lord: His bloody feet, the blood dripping from His hands, and the blood dripping from His head where the crown of thorns was pressed into His flesh. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 12:20 (2X). Let us take a closer look at the Lord Jesus Christ, and let us see if He was selected on the 10th day of the first month. John 12 starts with the anointing of the Lord Jesus by Mary with a pound of Spikenard. This occurred on Saturday. The next day, on Sunday was the triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus into Jerusalem. Then on Monday, the 10th day, we read in John 12:20-21

Joh 12:20  And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

Joh 12:21  The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

This created the response from Jesus in verse 23: “The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified.” This was the time that believing Greeks came to see Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ did not come just for the Jews. He came to save His elect out of all people, and nations, and languages. Now has come the time that the Son of man should be glorified. Yes, this was the right time that the Father arranged to select the Lamb without blemish. Please drop down to verse 28. We read in John 12:28-33,

Jo 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die

What do we see here? The people that stood by said that it thundered. Is this not crystal clear proof that the natural man is incapable of entering into divine things. Without regeneration by the Holy Spirit we are incapable of hearing the Gospel of salvation. This voice from Heaven came for our sakes. Three times in the ministry of the Lord Jesus the Father spoke audibly from Heaven, and in each case it was in view of the Death of the Lord Jesus. The first time at His Baptism, at the Jordan river, which symbolized Hell. The second time on the Mount of Transfiguration when Moses and Elijah talked with Him about His exodus from this earth. The third time here in John 12. What was this special occasion? If you turn your eyes to verses 12 and following, you see Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This was Palm Sunday. The next day was Monday. Jesus cursed the Fig Tree. Then He went back to Jerusalem and cast the money changers out of the Temple. It was on this momentous Monday that the Father’s voice came from Heaven. What was so special about this Monday? This was the last week of His ministry. We know that Jesus was crucified on Friday, which was Passover, and therefore Friday was the fourteenth day of the first month. If Friday was the fourteenth day, then Monday was the tenth day of the first month. This was the day that the Father in Heaven chose the Lamb without blemish for the Passover sacrifice The Father pointed Him out three times, and this third time was exactly the day that the Father had selected 1500 years earlier, that this was the day to appoint the Lamb without blemish. And the Father’s voice assured Him that it was all to the glory of God. It was for US that He did all that. It was to deliver from bondage all those whom the Father has chosen to become the Bride of Christ. But we all were still enslaved to Sin and Satan. O, the incredible love of God, that He would do so much to save a rotten sinner like me. Let us check again for whom Christ, the Lamb of God, suffered and died. Was it for the children of Israel so that they could be saved after having been delivered out of the hose of bondage?

  • For Israel? (Ex 12:3, John 1:13, Rom 9:6-8, Matt 2:15, Hos 11:1)

What did God say in Ex 12:3? Let us read this carefully.

Ex 12:3  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, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

Every man had to take a lamb. Every household had sins that had to be atoned for by the little lamb. Every household was in need of mercy. But does God really honor the fact that they were children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? We read in John 1:13, “Not of blood”, which means “not by bloodline.” Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 9:6 (2X). In the beginning of Rom 9 the apostle bemoans the fact that his kinsmen according to the flesh, his fellow Israelites, were accursed from Christ because of their unbelief, and he wished that he could bear that curse so that the curse for them would be lifted. But he realizes that he could not do this, for only Christ can do this. Rom 9:6-8,

Ro 9:6-8 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

The children of the flesh are not the children of God. This is news to most people. But God says it very plainly here in Rom 9. So, who then are the children of God? Let us ask this question: How many sons does God have? God has only one Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And by what name did God call the Lord Jesus Christ? He called Him Israel. Mary, Joseph and Jesus fled to Egypt. We read in Matt 2:15,

Mt 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Which prophet was God referring to? It is the prophet Hosea. There is no other match.     Hos 11:1,

Ho 11:1 ¶  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

The Son whom God called out of Egypt is called Israel. Christ is called Israel. Therefore all those who are “in Christ”, according to Eph 1:4, are also called Israel. In other words, the elect are called Israel and these are the Children of the Promise who are mentioned in Rom 9:8. And so, did Christ suffer and die for Israel? The answer is yes, provided we understand that it is for the Israel of God, and not the Israel of the flesh. Christ suffered and died for all those who were in Him from before the foundation of the world. And when on that first Passover the Angel of Death searched for all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, and all the Passover lambs in their death protected all the firstborn of the children of Israel, can we say that Christ suffered and died for all the firstborn of Israel?

  • For All the Firstborn? (Ex 11:5, Col 1:18, Psalm 89:27-29)

Ex 11:5  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

Literally, all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, and this includes the firstborn of the slaves. But what is the picture that God throws up here? All the firstborn in Egypt were only a synecdoche for the whole land of Egypt, including the slaves. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 1:18 (2X). How many Firstborn Sons does God have? Only one. Only Christ is God’s Firstborn Son. Moreover, Christ became God’s Firstborn Son after He rose from the dead, not before. We read in Col 1

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Christ earned the title of Firstborn, in order that in all things He might have the preeminence. In other words, among all those of mankind who end up in heaven, or in the NH&NE, Christ is always superior. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 89:27 (2X). This is a Psalm of which we might give the title, “Remember the Covenant”. It is a Psalm which magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a Psalm which gives us additional insight in the glories of the Covenant. We read in Psalm 89:27-29,

Ps 89:27  Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

Ps 89:28  My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.

Ps 89:29  His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

His seed is referring to us. We will endure forever, that is God’s promise. But since Christ is called the Firstborn, all those who are in Christ are also called firstborn. And as firstborn we are entitled to a double inheritance. What is this double inheritance? It is Mercy and Grace. Mercy is God withholding what we do deserve. Mercy means that God is withholding the penalty of Hell from us. That takes us from minus infinity to ground zero. It is a great blessing that we do not have to go to Hell, but being at ground zero is probably a boring existence. But then comes Grace. And Grace takes us  from ground zero to where God is at plus infinity, because we are sons of God and we are the Bride of Christ. Only then is our double inheritance complete. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 12:3 (2X).

#3.       A Lamb for a House (Ex 12:3, John 1:1)

What exactly did  God say in Ex 12:3 to the children of Israel?

Ex 12:3  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, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

What does that mean: “A Lamb for a house”? The Lamb was a picture of Jesus Christ who suffered and died to pay for our sins. Does this mean that Jesus Christ died for our whole family, including us? No! That is not what it means. The Lord Jesus did not die for the sins of groups of people, but He died for individuals, for a person here, and there, and there. Just because our parents are saved, does not mean that we are saved too. We don’t go to Heaven because we have believing parents. We don’t go to Heaven because we are living in a Christian household. The Lord Jesus must save each one of US individually. We cannot say: I am still young, I have plenty of time; we could die tonight. We cannot say: I am not old enough to worry about these deep and heavy things. God will hold us accountable for every day that we have lived on this earth. We are accountable for every sin that we do. And we don’t get away with anything. We don’t get away with anything. Someone has to pay for that sin! One of two things must come to pass: Either we will suffer the consequences of our own sins by going to Hell for ever, OR the Lord Jesus Christ must suffer in our place the consequences of our sins, which means He must suffer the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for us. Which one of the two will take place, I do not know. But you know! Only you really know the real condition of your soul. For example: When we have sinned, are we truly sorry for what has taken place? Are we truly sorry and we don’t want to do that again? Are we truly sorry that this sin has caused the Lord Jesus to suffer an excruciating pain on the cross? I do not know what is in your heart. But you know! Only you really know the real condition of your heart!             Another example: We are part of a Christian family. If this family talks about God, are we listening? If this family reads from the Bible, are we listening? Are we really eager to learn to know Jesus? No one else around us knows Him, except you. Only you really know! Everyone in the family, everyone in the household, needs salvation: A Lamb for a house! And who is the first one to take action in the household? The father! The father is the spiritual head of the house, like Christ is the head of the Church. The father is the spiritual leader in the household; he is appointed by God to take the initiative in all spiritual matters in the household. On the tenth day of the first month, the father of each household selected the Passover Lamb. It had to be a Lamb without blemish. It had to be a Lamb that was a perfect type of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, the question I have for each one of US is this: Which Lamb would WE choose? Or let me put it in plainer language: which gospel will we choose? We all know that there is only One Book, and there is only One God.  And this One God is circumscribed by this One Book, which is the Bible. I cannot say it any plainer than God Himself said it in John 1:1, 

Joh 1:1 ¶  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

We know what God means here: The Word represents God the Son, Christ. God could have written: In the beginning was the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was God. That would have been perfectly all right. But God did not write that. Purposely God called the Lord Jesus: THE WORD. Purposely God has let US know that the only way we can know the Lord Jesus Christ is through this Word, the Bible. And God has let US know through Rev 22:18-19 that this Christ whom we worship is totally circumscribed by the Bible alone and nothing less than the whole Bible. If we choose ourselves a gospel that is more than the Bible alone, or less than the Bible alone, we have chosen ourselves another gospel and, as a consequence, we are worshipping another god, but he is NOT the God of the Bible. For example, today many who claim to be Christians are adding to the Word of God by claiming they have received additional divine revelations from God through messages in dreams, or in visions, or in messages spoken in an unknown tongue. Another example: Today, many who claim to be Christians are taking away from the Word of God by considering Gen 1-11 just allegorical, but not literally the Word of God. Or they take away from the Word of God by changing the laws that God has laid down in the Bible, and consider those laws as something that was inherent to the culture of those days. Or they take away the sovereignty of God by making Him obligated to take us to Heaven because we have accepted the Lord Jesus, whereas there is no such clause in the Bible at all. These are all different gospels. Which Gospel will we choose? Choose your Lamb without blemish carefully, because all in the house need it. (John 1:5,10) All are conceived and born in Sin. All are spiritually born dead in trespasses and sins.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer