If you’re keeping close to schedule in your reading following the BibleEater Plan, you either have read or are about to read Exodus Chapter 12. This is a very significant chapter as we’re doing our read-through looking for the ‘Scarlet Thread of Redemption’. I won’t recount the whole chapter, but I’ll pick out two key points.
1. Notice in verse 5 that the lamb to be slaughtered by each family was to be “without defect.” That’s a picture of why Jesus was the ONLY sacrifice God that would fully and finally propitiate (satisfy/placate/appease) God’s holy and just wrath and cover our sins. When Jesus Christ came into the world, He really did assume a true human nature with all its vulnerabilities and weaknesses EXCEPT for sin. He was tempted in every way that we are, yet never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). How is this possible? Because He was miraculously conceived in the womb of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, the resulting conception was achieved by God’s power alone (Luke 1:26-37; Matthew 1:18-25). Because this conception was the result of the sovereign activity of the Holy Spirit without the seed of any human male, Jesus was not conceived and born in sin. Because He existed before Adam, He is not a descendent of Adam and therefore did not inherit a sinful nature from Adam like we all do (1 Corinthians 15:45). Therefore Jesus was the only child to ever be born into the world being perfectly righteous. He is the perfect and complete picture of the sacrificial lamb “without blemish.” So He was able to be a perfectly holy and unblemished sacrifice acceptable to God for our justification (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5).
2. Notice in verse 13 that God explains the significance of taking the dead lamb’s blood and applying it to their doorposts (as He instructed them in verse 7): “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” God’s wrathful judgment against the world can be seen in that final, terrible, “destructive plague” against Egypt. The only protection from that wrathful judgment was to put their faith in the blood of the lamb (seen in the action of applying it to their door frames). It wasn’t because the Israelites were sinless and righteous that God’s wrathful judgment did not fall on them – it was only because God accepted the lamb that had been slain in their place. The blood on the door frame became for the Israelites a vivid reminder that a life had to be sacrificed in their place. It points us to the blood of Christ, dripping from the cross, that reminds us that our sin is covered and forgiven and God’s wrathful judgment is averted solely because Jesus gave Himself up to be sacrificed in our place.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – God “made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
1 John 3:5 – “You know that He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.”