Ex 13:13                    Redemption of the Firstborn                               9/20/2009      ßà   

  • What Is Redemption?

 

 

  • What is a Synecdoche?

 

 

#1.       The Timing of Redemption (Ex 12:51-13:4, Gal 3:13, Rom 4:8)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Redeemed from the Curse of the Law (John 14:23, 1Cor 6:19-20, Ex 13:3)

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       Unleavened Bread (Ex 13:3-10, Matt 16:6, Mark 8:15, Phil 2:13, Luke 10:20)

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Firstling of an Ass (Ex 13:11-16, Eph 4:17-18, John 5:40, Zech 9:9)

 

 

 

 

 

#4.       The Firstborn of My Children (Ex 13:15-16, Col 1:15,18, Heb 12:23)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 13:1 (2X). You can see that we are making progress. We are no longer in Ex 12. Chapter 13 begins with an interesting subject matter: Redemption of the Firstborn. And this is also the title of the present sermon, Redemption of the Firstborn”. What does it mean “to redeem?” It means “to buy back.” We were the property of Satan, for Satan conquered Adam and all that were his, and that is why we came into the world as slaves of Satan. Therefore, when Christ redeemed us, He bought us back from slavery to sin and Satan. In the Greek this is expressed in the word “Exagorazo.” It is fairly easy to remember, because the “Agora” is also an English word, and it means: “the market place.” The next step is the word “Agorazo”, which means “to buy from the market place”, or simply “to buy”. The third step is the word “Exagorazo”, which means “to buy a slave out of the marketplace and set him free”, which actually is the verb “to redeem”. When Christ redeemed us out of the jailhouse of Satan, He then set us free. When we search through the NT we should find the word “buy” or “bought” wherever the word “Agorazo” is found, and we should find the word “redeem” where the word “Exagorazo” is found. Unfortunately the KJ translators were not always consistent, and this is the source of much confusion. But if we check the Greek text we always find a consistent interpretation.

Today we are going to talk about “redemption of the firstborn”; and I mean just the firstborn. Let us pick up the context beginning with the last verse of Ex 12. We read in Ex 12:51-13:4,

#1.       The Timing of Redemption (Ex 12:51-13:4, Gal 3:13, Rom 4:8)

Ex 12:51-13:4  And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month Abib.

Here was the timing of their redemption, for this exodus out of Egypt was a picture of the redemption of their souls. The first thing that struck me when I read this was that God gave this command to Moses in verse 2. Ex 13:2, “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.” God spoke just this one verse. Then Moses relayed to the people this message from God, and Moses spoke all the words of verses 5 through 16. Do you not think that this is unusual? Of course it is unusual, but we understand that all the words recorded in the Bible came from God, for God said in 2Pet 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” But what God said seems even more unusual. Paraphrased, it seems that God said this:

"Set apart unto Me all the firstborn of every household, but don't bother with the other children. Only the firstborn, they are mine, I am taking them up into heaven. Only these are mine”. And in verse 12, God further emphasized: “Only if the firstborn are males shall they be set apart for the Lord”. Does that sound right? What about the females? What about the other children? Are they not set apart unto the Lord? Can we say that this is the right interpretation? Of course this cannot be the right interpretation. What is so special about the firstborn? God is using a figure of speech that is called a Synecdoche. I spelled this word also in the Sermon outline in your Bulletin. What is a Synecdoche? A Synecdoche is a figure of speech by which a part is representing the whole. For example, when God killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of man and of beast, God gave US a picture of the Judgment on the Last Day. It was not only the firstborn who were guilty and sentenced to death. Everyone in the land of Egypt was guilty and deserved to die. But God was using a Synecdoche, because God was not finished with His program for Egypt. That is why God chose all the firstborn to be a representation of the whole. And when we consider that Egypt represented the kingdom of Satan, we realize that God again used a Synecdoche in making Egypt a representation of the whole world, for the whole world was the kingdom of Satan. Now, in the same way, God chose the firstborn of Israel to be a representation of the whole nation of Israel. Again God was using a Synecdoche. The picture God gave was that the entire nation of Israel became the property of God, and they all were set apart to serve Him. I said earlier that I was going to talk about redemption. Do you see the word redemption, or the word redeem, in this passage that I just read? It is not here. But the concept of redemption is here. In fact, in Ex 13 God underscores the meaning of their redemption out of Egypt. They were slaves in Egypt, they were purchased by the blood of the little lamb without blemish, and the next day they were free. Now, the children of Israel were a picture of us, the N.T. Congregation. Why do we need to be redeemed or delivered out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage? I would like you to see the answer from the N.T. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Galatians, Gal 3:13 (2X). In this chapter God emphasizes that salvation is given by faith, and not by the works of the law, or by any obedience to the law. In fact, 21we read in Gal 3:21, “if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.” In other words, if there would be a law where obedience to that law could have given salvation, then God would have chosen that route to salvation rather than by the cross of Christ. We read in Gal 3:13,

Gal 3:13   Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

What did Jesus Christ do for US? He redeemed US from the curse of the law, He redeemed US from the curse of breaking the law. In fact, when God gave the Ten Commandments, did He expect us to obey these commandments? Absolutely not! God knew that we were not able to obey perfectly these commandments. God knew that every human being would be breaking these commandments. That is the curse of the law. Sin is a transgression of the law. And the Lord Jesus Christ delivered His people from all their sins. That is why we read in Rom 4:8, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Blessed is the man whom Christ has redeemed from the curse of the law. But how did He redeem us? What did Christ have to do to redeem us from the curse of breaking the law?

  • Redeemed from the Curse of the Law (John 14:23, 1Cor 6:19-20, Ex 13:3)

Allow me to condense into 16 points what the Bible teaches us, and how the Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. The Bible teaches us that:

#1. We came into this world enslaved to Sin, and therefore we were willing slaves of Satan.

#2. The law of God demanded that we be sent to Hell for an eternity.

#3. That was the price that the law of God demanded as full payment for our sins.

#4. God’s righteousness demanded that anyone who pays our debt, must pay the full price.

#5. Therefore that was the price that the Lord Jesus paid to buy us out of the slave market of sin. 

#6. When Christ was crucified God showed that the Lord Jesus had become accursed by God.

#7. Not for His own sins. He never sinned. That is why He could be our substitute.

#8. But He suffered on behalf of each one of us the equivalent of an eternity in Hell.

#9. And when He said on the Cross: “It is finished”, the full price had been paid.

#10. When He rose from the grave it was proof that the full price had been paid.

#11. All those for whom the full price of their sins has been paid, would never again stand before the judgment throne of Christ, because all their sins have been paid in full.

#12. Moreover, not only were all our sins paid, but when we were “born again” God imputed to our soul the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, so that God calls us: Sons of God.

#13. Who are all these who have been redeemed and are called Sons of God?

#14. God says in Eph 1:4 that they are those whom “God hath chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world” and thus they are God’s elect out of all nations and tongues of the world.

#15. In hindsight we understand that we were in Christ when He was crucified, in Christ when He died, in Christ when He was buried, and in Christ when He rose from the grave.

#16. Therefore God will never let us go to Hell again, for we have already been there with Christ and in Christ. This is how He redeemed us from the curse of the law.

Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 6:19 (2X). In principle, a redeemed people are delivered from the previous owner and become the property of the new owner, who is called the Redeemer. The whole transaction is the work of Christ, and our contribution to it is zero. Why did Christ redeem us? God says in 1Cor 6:19, “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” Therefore, when we have been redeemed, we became the property of Christ; we are not our own. But then, we can ask the question: What was God's program for us when Christ redeemed us on the cross in 33 AD? What was He planning to do with US, His purchased possession? 1Cor 6:19 says that He bought us to be the temple of the Holy Ghost. But more so, when we read John 14:23 we read that the entire Triune God comes to live in our soul. The Lord Jesus said in John 14:23, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” This is God’s purpose and it is still God’s purpose when we enter into the NH&NE. As you know, when Christ bought us on the cross, He bought us both body and soul. God said in 1Cor 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” Therefore, when we were bought by Christ, we were redeemed by Christ, there on the cross. In principle we were there. The Bible says: "we were crucified with Christ, we died with Christ, we were buried with Christ, and we arose with Christ." But that was just in principle, with Christ as our representative. Actually we were not yet created, and our body and soul did not exist as yet, but our names were in Christ from before the foundation of the world. But, does this mean that in 33 AD, when the Lord Jesus Christ said on the cross: "It is finished", that in that moment all our sins were wiped away, and we were from that moment free from the wrath of God?  No!  No!  That could not be true, because the Bible says: when we were born into this world, both our body and soul were still wallowing in sin, and therefore both our body and soul were under the wrath of God, and "we were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." But when, at what moment in time, were we really redeemed? At what moment in time were we really delivered from our bondage to sin? Well. Our soul was delivered at some date in the 20th century. Prior to that date we were dead in our soul, which was full of sin and was under the wrath of God. Our body will be delivered later, at a future date. Prior to that date our body is still full of sin and the wages of sin is death. That is why our body still has to go into the grave. Please turn again to Ex 13:3 (2X). Even though God already planned to redeem us before He created the world, the full implementation of God's plan of redemption for us is distributed over three dates. Let us see now how this worked out for the children of Israel. Let us read this here in Ex 13:3, “And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.” When had God redeemed them by the blood of the little lamb without blemish? It was the evening before, when the Lamb was killed and they applied the blood of the Lamb on the doorposts. But when were they really free and able to walk out of Egypt? It was the next day. It was not the day when the blood of the Lamb was shed; it was a different day. Can you see how God preserved the O.T. picture of redemption in such a way that it represented our redemption?

And here in Ex 13:3 God said, through the mouth of Moses, (and I am paraphrasing) "Remember this day of your redemption and remember Who brought you out from this miserable wretched state of slavery. It was God Who did it all. The strength of the hand of the Lord did this for you. Therefore you shall eat no leavened bread." What has unleavened bread to do with redemption?  You see, at this point in the chapter God introduced three pictures, which represent three characteristics of our redemption. The three pictures are: #1. Unleavened Bread, #2. The Firstling of an Ass, and #3. The Firstborn of My Children. We will discuss these three pictures in this order.

#2.       Unleavened Bread (Ex 13:3-10, Matt 16:6, Mark 8:15, Phil 2:13, Luke 10:20)

God said in Ex 13:3, "Remember the day of your redemption and remember Who redeemed you.

Therefore you shall eat unleavened bread." What has leaven to do with it? Leaven represents work done by man. That is clearly seen if we consider that it takes work to mix leaven in the dough. But it is even clearer if we look at verses 3 and 4 together:

Ex 13:3.  And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month Abib.

Wedged in between the statements: "Remember this day in which ye came out", and "This day came ye out in the month Abib", is the command "There shall no leavened bread be eaten."  And why not? It is because Christ, as the sovereign Redeemer, wants us to partake of the true Bread of Life, which is the work of Christ alone, without mixing in our work. The Lord Jesus warned us in Matt 16:6 and Mark 8:15,

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees (Matt 16:6). Beware of the works gospels of the Pharisees of today, the legalists who use Scripture to justify their works gospels; those who insist you must worship God on Saturday; those who insist you have not arrived until you speak in tongues; those who insist you cannot be saved unless you are baptized in water, and so on. Beware of the leaven of the Sadducees (Matt 16:6). Beware of the works gospels of the Sadducees of today, the liberals who go through the Scriptures picking and choosing to justify their liberal stand; who say: God is only love, and He has no wrath, and there is no Hell, and we must all unite into one great denomination, and we can choose which Church we want to go to, and so on. Beware of the leaven of Herod (Mark 8:15) Beware of the works gospels of those who use Scripture to justify their worldly way of life; who say that you may divorce and remarry, who say that you must be tolerant of other religions, who say that we are too rigid on our stand of who can be saved and who cannot be saved, and so on. But what does the Bible say? The Bible says that we must separate ourselves from works gospels. That is the meaning of eating unleavened bread. We must use the Bible the right way so that we learn the Gospel of grace correctly, for only then can we teach it to others. We read in Ex 13:5-7,

Ex 13:5-7.  And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.

God commanded: Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread. The number 7 is the number indicating perfection. The perfect number of days actually refers to all the days of our life. We, in the N.T. are to eat the unadulterated Bread of Life, the Gospel of grace alone, all our life. We read in Ex 13:

Ex 13:8  And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.

In other words, God says: "You shall be witnesses for Me of this salvation." God says in verse 9: It shall be for a sign. What is the sign? The ceremony of eating unleavened bread for 7 days is the sign. But that is only a sign pointing to that which the Lord did unto us: He saved us. The outward sign was pointing to an inward action of God, which is then seen in our hand.

·        Our hand must show that which the Lord did unto us. His will must become our will. It is the hand that reaches out to make peace between warring parties. It is the hand that reaches out to give alms to the poor. It is the hand that embraces in Christian love. It is the hand that searches the Bible for ways to know Him better. It is the hand that cleans up the mess from someone who is very sick. But do not take any credit for any of these things, for God says in Phil 2:13.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. And thus we rejoice in these things, because it was God who placed these works in front of us.

Moreover, Ex 13:9 also speaks of a memorial between our eyes. What is that? A memorial is usually for someone who has died. Who died? The Lord Jesus Christ has died. And even though the time segment where Moses is speaking is about 1500 years before Christ died, we know that the Passover lamb, the little one year old lamb without blemish, was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. And thus the feast of Passover was already a memorial to the Lord’s death and to His resurrection.

·         It will be a memorial between our eyes, when we always remember what Christ has done for us, so that we may proclaim His salvation from now on and forevermore. And it will be a memorial between our eyes when we search the Bible for the truth in the Gospel of grace alone. It will be a memorial between our eyes when we look our enemies in the eye and say we are sorry, and we shall pray for them. It will be a memorial between our eyes when we can see the spiritual meaning of signs and shadows of Christ in the Bible, and what we are going to do with it. It will be a memorial between our eyes when we ask the Lord to keep us faithful, for this is our gratitude for what He has done for us.

If the Lord has wrought this great miracle in our heart, then these inward signs will make us rejoice that our names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20) Let us now look at the second picture:

#3.       The Firstling of an Ass (Ex 13:11-16, Eph 4:17-18, John 5:40, Zech 9:9)

Ex 13:11-13 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD'S. And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

God says here that all the firstborn of man and of beast belong to Him. Do we realize that if God had

not added Verse 13, it would mean that all the firstborn males would have to be sacrificed on an altar? But God made two exceptions: The firstborn of a donkey and the firstborn of man should not be sacrificed, but they must be redeemed (they must be bought back) with a Lamb. A Lamb had to die for the donkey, and a Lamb had to die for a man-child. And surprisingly there is no difference in treatment between donkeys and man. If the donkey was not redeemed with a Lamb, then the donkey had to be killed by breaking his neck, just like God would most likely have killed the Israelites in Egypt if they had not slain the Lamb without Blemish and sprinkled his blood. Can we see that God compares here the natural man with a donkey? Is this a fair comparison?            Well, let us see:

·         A donkey is an unclean animal. Natural man is unclean; he is conceived and born in sin.

·         A donkey is stupid and stubborn. So also is the natural man; he may be proud over his intellectual achievements, but he is absolutely ignorant of any spiritual intelligence.

·         A donkey is a beast of burden, who only waits for orders, but has no initiative of himself. The natural man is also a slave of work habits. So much so that he will not believe a Gospel that is free.

·         What does the Bible say? We read in Eph 4:17-18,

Eph 4:17-18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

Natural man is as blind and as stubborn as a donkey. The sinner is just as rebellious and defiant. The Lord Jesus said in John 5:40 “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” This is how we were before God gave us a regenerated soul. It is not a pleasant awareness to be compared to a donkey, but that is how God sees us. It is a humbling comparison. A donkey is a beast of burden, and he is a burdened beast. Look at ourselves sometimes, and see if the comparison fits. And besides, don't get any ideas that our singing is so beautiful in the ears of God. To Him it sounds just as bad as the braying of a donkey. What matters to God is the condition of our heart. This is what He values. And if we have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ, then we become like the donkeys, which refer to the old and young, which become faithful servants of Christ, as is described in Zech 9:9 at the triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus into Jerusalem.

Zec, Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

This was Palm Sunday. This was the triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus into His Kingdom. And here the donkeys became a willing servants of Christ. That is what God's Grace does to us, sinners. Let us now return to Ex 13:14. And there we read,

Ex 13:14-16 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice (2X) to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; and all the firstborn of my children I redeem. And IT shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.

Again: we are called to be a witness with our mouth. We must share our testimony with our children. And again: IT shall be a token, which means IT is an outward sign. Look at verse 16. What is the sign? The ceremony of redeeming the firstborn of a donkey with a lamb; that is the sign, pointing to an action of God. What is the action of God? That He brought us forth out of Egypt; and that He redeemed US to become faithful servants of Christ.

#4.            The Firstborn of My Children (Ex 13:15-16, Col 1:15,18, Heb 12:23)

Look again at Verse 15. We read in Ex 13:15,

Ex 13:15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice (2X) to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; and all the firstborn of my children I redeem

This was the command that God gave in Verse 2. Here in Verse 15 God explained it and gave the command to every Israelite to redeem with a lamb all the firstborn of his children. We realize that this was the ceremonial law, pointing to Christ redeeming His elect children. But why did God focus on this part of the ceremonial law here at this point in history? Moses and the children of Israel were very busy walking out of Egypt. What has this to do with redemption? What is the picture here? From the context we learn that it was God’s will that all the firstborn in the land of Egypt had to give their lives to deliver the children of Israel from their bondage. All the firstborn of the Egyptians died, but all the firstborn of Israel lived because they were redeemed by the little lamb without blemish. And thus, as a memorial to this event, Israel continued the custom of redeeming the firstborn with a lamb. This is what the first half of verse 15 tells us. This is what the “therefore” is there for. But there is more. The firstborn of Israel are all pointing to Israel, which is also the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They all were redeemed by the little one year old lamb, which actually represented the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God’s Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 1:18 (2X). We all know that Christ was the firstborn of Mary. In Col 1:15 God speaks of Christ as the Firstborn of all creation. And He is called this way because by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth. All things were created by Him and for Him. And then we read in Col 1:18,

Col 1:18  And He (Christ)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 is called the Firstborn from the dead, because He raised himself from the dead, He overcame death by His own power. He was the first one to overcome death by His own power. And thus, as the “Firstborn” of His family He gave to all who were and are in Christ also the name “firstborn.” He is called Israel, and therefore we are also called Israel, the Israel of God. He is called the Firstborn, and therefore we are also called the firstborn. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 12:23 (2X). When we read in the Bible about the Church of the Firstborn, we are inclined to think that this refers to the Church of Christ, for He is called the Firstborn. But now let us look at the wording in Heb 12:23,

Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

The general assembly and the church of the firstborn refer to the same group of people. This group is now identified: “which are written in heaven”, or more literally, “having been enrolled in heaven”. And so, this group refers to the saints who are in heaven together with the saints which are still on this earth.

We are called firstborn, because we bear His name. We escaped death because Christ redeemed us and overcame death for us. We have not overcome death, but we have been spared the second death. Moreover: In Israel the firstborn would receive the special blessing. So are we, as firstborn, receiving this great blessing of mercy and grace; mercy to get us out of Hell, and grace to make us sons of God. It is the blessing that we are eternally His', and we are safe in His care and keeping.

What have we seen thus far in this sermon?

In the Timing of Redemption we have seen four moments in time which are all four interrelated. First, the Father chose us to be in Christ before the foundation of the world. Second, the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died on behalf of us on the cross in AD 33. Third, God the Holy Spirit has been making people born again since the first Pentecost in AD 33, and has regenerated their soul to a spotless state, making it ready to enter into eternity with Christ. Fourth, on the last day Christ will come and give us new glorified bodies, and will unite our bodies with our souls again, and will bring us into the NH&NE.

In the three pictures we have seen we have discussed:

Unleavened Bread, is pointing to the Gospel of grace alone without mixing with works, for leaven represents work. Both the act of putting the leaven in the dough, and the action of the leaven itself, represent work from man’s hands. Only Christ’s work counts, because only His work is free from sin.

The firstborn of an ass is pointing to the total depravity of man, and to the fact that natural man is as stupid and stubborn as a donkey, and is spiritually as blind and as rebellious as a donkey. Only through a miracle in his soul by Christ can such a man be saved.

The firstborn of my children is pointing to the need for every human being to be redeemed by Christ, but only the elect will believe. All those who are non-elect will develop works gospels, for they will not believe the incredible grace of God. All those who are of the elect will have the payment of Christ on the cross as a guarantee that they will be received into glory.

Only Christ can pay for our sins, for He is both man and God. He must be man to pay for the sins of man, and He must be God to be able to pay the full price for our sins. Thanks be to God that He was able.               AMEN.           Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.