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July 16, 2021 1:00 am
It was more than high drama. The Passover taught both Egypt and Israel that God means what He says. Salvation does not come without the shedding of blood. As we journey life’s road, let us never forget the high price paid for our salvation, a price depicted in the terror-filled night in Egypt as Moses and the people saw the angel of death pass over.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
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Jesus was more than our drama. The Passover taught both Egypt and Israel that God means what he says is what sayings as we journey life's road.
Let us never forget the high price paid for our salvation, a price depicted in the terror filled night in Egypt as most people saw the death Angel Passover from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is running to win with Dr. Irwin Moser was clear. Teaching helps us make it across the finish line certain God use extreme measures in our day to ensure that his will was done day. One thing that I deeply appreciate about your questions is that they are well thought through and often they are not easy to answer. If we think about the will of God that encompasses everything. Then, indeed, it is always done on earth as it is in heaven and God accomplishes his purposes. But most of those purposes are hidden from us. But if we talk about the specific will of God. Well, we can rebel against that we rebel against it. Individually we've rebelled against it as an so we need to know. However, the bottom line that God is always in charge and nowhere do we see this more clearly in Scripture than during the time of the Passover and the miracles of the children of Israel as they left Egypt to go into the promised land.
You know I believe that these messages would be a tremendous blessing to all who listen if they could listen to them again and again share them with your friends. Perhaps you missed some of them for a gift of any amount they can be yours permanently. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for the series getting closer to God. Lessons from the life of Moses. Now what about Jesus. He made the state in John chapter 6, he said that whoso Edith my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. Some people have read that they said, oh, that must mean that that we have to literally eat the body and the blood of Christ, that we have to literally eat his flesh. We have to literally drink his blood but actually cannibalism is inconsistent with the Old Testament and it says expressly that blood is never to be drunk so it's very clear that what Jesus is saying the apostle Paul's is Christ our Passover has been crucified for us what Jesus is saying is you need to you need to feast on me.
I am the bread that came down from heaven, he that Edith this bread and then he says he who abides in me and I in him, he Edith my flesh and drink of my blood. It is Jesus Christ becoming satisfying to those whom he has redeemed the Savior who was the one who redeemed us whose shed blood on the cross rescues us from God's judgment is also the Savior whom we love is the Savior whom we enjoy the Savior, through whom we have fellowship the Savior with whom we can spend time even if were not asking him any specific request. We just love to be with him and we find our souls are satisfied. There's 1/5 step in this process. The fifth step and that as they began to walk. They began to walk in the power and the liberty and the freedom of the Lamb.
Now you'll notice the text tells us that they did leave that night and 600,000 men left.
It says that verse 37 of chapter 12.
The people of Israel journeyed from Ramses to suck off about 600,000 men on foot, besides women and children. A mixed multitude also went up with them and very much livestock both locks and herds while Egypt was morning, the Israelites were celebrating because when the angel of death came that night. The Bible says he came at midnight he struck all the firstborn in the land of the E you can imagine mothers and fathers going into the room of their children, and there they discover that their boy, their firstborn child is dead. And then they begin to cry and they begin to grieve, wondering why it is that he died and so they need some consolation from the neighbors and the neighbors check their bedroom and discover that the firstborn is dead thereto, and all throughout the land. Bible says there was this huge cry is huge cry of desperation and a cry of whaling and grief because of all these deaths in Egypt to read the text you discover that the Pharaoh, Pharaoh finally says okay all right, if that's what you're going to do all God. I will let the people go, so the people leave the land 600,000 men to million people. So how could that be. I mean that's that's unthinkable to million people leaving a land to go into a desert area. Remember that they were all organized. They had elders and they had groups in the way in which they communicated was they they do today to have a meeting of all the leaders they'd agree as to what they were going to say to the people and that's the way they let it happen by word-of-mouth. No fax machines, no cell phones.
Thank God just just word-of-mouth and the message got out, I can imagine a child saying to mom or dad as they are leaving how the world we gonna live we got some unleavened bread.
We have some water with us little bit of food. But when we go to do when we run out of water.
What are we going to do when the when the little bit of bread that were taking with us is no more. Some of you are here today are on the verge of trusting Christ as Savior and what you are saying to yourself is this if I get saved. God is going to make so many demands of me how my going to be able to live this new life. I mean I can't even conceive it. I mean I don't have the resources I don't have the strength while the God who redeemed them is the God who was now leading them. They had no idea that God was going to send a pillar of fire and the cloud to lead them.
They didn't know there you have to trust God big time. They didn't know that God was going to send the manna miraculously every morning, six days a week. They didn't know that they didn't know that the time would come when Moses would simply strike the rock and water would come forth in enough water for all of the millions of people to drink. They could never have thought of it they could in the predicted it. They had not seen those kinds of miracles role that they did was they began to walk in the strength of the Lamb and in the power of the land, then they they were redeemed out of slavery and and it was between them and God, which is where God often puts us is just between him and us because apart from his help we have nowhere to go and God who redeemed them. Let them cared for them. Bless them and eventually after many many mishaps.
They did make it into the promised land.
What I'd like to do is to give you two life-changing lessons based on this wonderful picture of Jesus. First of all the blood. The blood on the door, made a sharp distinction. The blood on the door, made a sharp distinction between Israel and Egypt.
It made a sharp distinction between those who would be spared the judgment of God and those who would be the objects of the judgment of God, and I might put it this way, God was interested in how the people were living, no doubt about it, but what really mattered when judgment came was whether or not there was blood on the door. I was really the issue. God's is when I see the blood of Passover. You you say well where there some Egyptians that were also saved.
If an Egyptian had put blood on his door. Would he have been saved and the answer is yes, of course, he would have been because God's is when I see the blood, I will pass over you now. God did not give Egypt that particular secret because he needed to judge them so that the people would be able to leave the land and Pharaoh would finally cave-in but today God says to people of all races, of all cultures you come to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and that Lamb is available for you.
The spotless son of God, who shed his blood for us.
So all that God said really matters is blood on the door. Let's put ourselves in the sandals of the firstborn for a few moments this firstborn in the land of Israel on the Israel side. I mean, he has been real real rowdy rebellious young man is done a lot of things that may even have been criminal and they've had to rein him then they had to discipline him because he has really been a piece of work. So news goes out that God is going to judge all the firstborn's all the firstborn's in the land of Egypt are going to die on a certain night and so this boy comes to his father as his dad, how do you know I'm not going to get all of my friends think I am. What makes you think I can be exempt from the judgment. I mean I I sure don't deserve it. I mean II deserve whatever the Egyptians are getting. Father says son you sure do. But in the end all of us deserve judgment, but let me take you outside on a show you something. You see the blood that we have on the door blood at the top blood along the two side posts of the door. I'm going with the promised son that God says when I see the blood of Passover. You, the blood that really matters, but I can imagine there's another firstborn who perhaps is emotionally unstable. He's the kind who wrestles with depression. He thinks to himself that his conscience may be far too sensitive. He's one of those boys you know who can't trust anything because life is been so hard for him and he's just different than anybody else and so he's going through so many doubts and fears and he is scared to go to bed that night and he comes to his father and his father's as well. Son I know that you're going through emotional turbulence. I know that you suffer from all of these things, but want you to know that God says when I see the blood of Passover. You were trusting the blood son were trusting the blood right trusting you or me work were trusting the blood. We met met God's requirements and maybe that boy never slept that night maybe was up all night expecting to be struck dead but in the end it really didn't matter because there was blood on their door. Then, if we can imagine Satan the devil coming to one of the families over there in the. The Israel side of the land and saying up how you really think that you're going to be spared this judgment. Do you don't you know that you are of mixed blood, look at all of the ridicule that you've taken your really belong here anyway. As a matter of fact, because you are of a mixed race your part Egyptian and part part Israel.
We despise you and your thinking your thinking that that little blood on your door is going to save you. You don't deserve to be saved. You should be ashamed of all that you've done. You should be ashamed of who you are. I can imagine if that man was thinking is the head of his household, he would say to the devil you know what you're saying is true about me. In fact, you don't even know half the story.
But I want you to know that I got blood on our door and God says when I see the blood of Passover.
You I like the way in which Martin Luther not only taunted death death come over here and get me. Tell me what you can do the worst you can do is to kill me and let me be with Jesus. That's not too bad, but he also used to taunted the devil it is said that one day, perhaps in a vision, the devil came to Martin Luther and said Luther here is a list of your sin.
Old devil. Your list is far too short. There are so many that you have omitted. You want me to help you. I'll give you some that you didn't even know about.
Show me all of my sins, list them.
If you run out of chalk get some more.
Write them all out.
Then underneath. Luther wrote the blood of Jesus Christ, God's son cleanses us from all sin.
It's the blood it's the blood. Then I can imagine there in the Israel that on the Israeli side of the ledger that there was a family that said, you know, we find all of this nauseous and nauseous.
I mean we we find it to be repulsive know this idea, blood smells bad to kill a lamb.
I mean how mean can you get in.
We just don't like this at all this. All fans are sensitive sensibilities. What we think Jehovah is interested in is our works are rituals where good people.
I'm a good person so Jehovah should accept me and exempt me from the judgment.
So what this family does is they they take a piece of parchment and they write out all of the good things that they've done and they tack it to the door and say Shirley Jehovah is going to be pleased with that. Why wouldn't he be. Isn't he fair, aren't we better than others.
In the morning, they wake up and go to the bedroom and their older son.
Oldest is dead because God says when I see the blood of Passover you some of you may be listening to this message. Maybe I've offended your sensibilities as a form of Christianity in America today that says the whole idea of blood is offensive. Some liberal theologians have said that it is a slaughterhouse religion that we want nothing to do with what the Bible says that we not been redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, and that's why here. We preach the blood of Christ, because God says when you have blood on your door, I will Passover you.
So the first lesson is that the blood separated those who were saved from those who were judged and secondly, we apply that blood by faith we applied by faith. You may be here at the Moody church for the first time in civil okay I want blood apply to my hardware is the blood. Show me the blood you blood in a flask somewhere here. No, listen carefully when Jesus died on the cross.
2000 years ago. His blood was shed, and when his blood was shed.
The father said, I will accept all those who trust him as Savior. I will accept the blood of Jesus as their means of redemption. If they give up all hope of saving themselves, and trust. Only Christ alone for their salvation, and so at the end of the day all that you've done in your past, however ugly it is isn't really the point we might wish that it was better but but that's not really the point. The point is, you accepted the blood that was shed on Calvary as shed for you. The 1600s Philip of Spain came to the Netherlands and in Rotterdam began a huge slaughter because the people had rebelled against him and they they had the slaughter, and that he asked his soldiers to go from house to house and kill everybody and there was a family that was just cowering in grief and fear because they knew they were next in the father had an idea.
They had some animals any and he killed an animal. He took some of the blood and put it on the step and and right at the door.
When the soldiers came they opened it and thought that the people had been slaughtered already, so they moved on.
God says when I see the blood of Passover.
You when I stand before God someday and he says why should I let you into heaven, I will not say will or you know I did preach to some people, some of whom were listening. I hope I will not say that all say father I'm here in your presence today because I received the blood of Christ as belonging to me in my stead, and God will say when I see the blood, I Passover the judgment and you can be with me forever. Let us pray father today. We ask that you shall enable all who have never received Christ as Savior. To do so.
We pray that their hearts will be open to what they've heard regardless of their past. Regardless of what is happened today. You give them a new beginning as they receive what Jesus did for sinners.
Now if you're here today. You can pray this prayer. Even at this moment, Lord Jesus. I receive you as mine today I received the blood that you shed as belonging to my salvation.
I embrace you as Savior. You prayed a prayer like that you desire to know that you belong to God forever, would you raise your hand. Some of you, but for five. Here, there may be others in the balcony is God talk to you. You want to receive Christ.
Yes, I see the hand here up front others say today I received Christ. I receive that blood father for those who raise their hands and for those who should've we pray today that they may embrace the only one qualified to bring them into your presence. We ask in Jesus name Amen amen. This is has to Luther many years ago I was reading about the death of a famous evangelist. It was not Billy Graham.
It was a different man that perhaps many of you haven't heard about but nonetheless he was well known that I was told that on his deathbed. People came by and they said well you know you've written books you were president of the college. You've done this, and you've done that, and the man was in agony and fear, and then someone said, remember the blood of Jesus Christ is enough and the man died in peace when my time comes to die. I know that the blood of Jesus Christ will be enough and that will be my only entrance into the kingdom of heaven, my friend. I believe that these messages are being a blessing to many, many thousands upon thousands of people and perhaps they are a blessing to you.
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