All the Lamb
When God freed the Israelites from Egypt, He instructed households to choose a lamb without blemish and keep it for fourteen days to be sure it was perfect. Then, the night of their Exodus, they were to slay the lamb and sprinkle its blood on the two doorposts and lintel of the door to their home. It was the blood of the lamb applied to their doorway that would spare their sons when the Death Angel visited Egypt.
The application of the blood and its foreshadowing of Jesus' salvation through His suffering and death on the cross thousands of years ago is often gleaned as the primary lesson of the Exodus story. Yet, a careful reading of Exodus reveals much more than what appears on the surface. Let's look at it more closely:
After they had applied the blood on the doorposts and lintel, the Israelites went back into their houses and prepared a meal, using the slain lamb as their entree along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. However, they were not just to eat the flesh of the young animal. They were to consume the entire body. That meant they ate the liver, kidneys, and even the intestines of the lamb; the brain and tongue, even the eyes. Every part of the animal had to be eaten. None of the lamb could be left until morning. If the household could not eat everything, the remainder had to be burned.
Two lessons can be learned from this text:
- They ate the lamb AFTER they had sprinkled its blood. In other words, following their initial act of killing the lamb and sprinkling its blood on the doorway to their house, they fed on the animal that shed that blood. They ate ALL of the lamb.
When we come to Jesus for salvation, He is not merely a fire escape from hell. 'Being saved' is not the end result of it all. Rather it is the beginning of a lifetime of obedient devotion to Him. Paul became more and more intimate with Christ and His sufferings as well as His victory over death as he lived his Christian life:
He wrote in Philippians 3:10: "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death."
- The Israelites were not totally healed from all their diseases just by sprinkling the blood. They had to partake of EVERY part of the lamb. When Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples before the crucifixion, He said, "Take eat of My body, which is broken for you. Drink the wine, My blood shed for you."
He meant that observance to be more than celebrating Communion in church. He intends for us to share His life: hardships, dedication, humility, and what ever He allows to come across our path on the way to heaven.
In another place Jesus directed us to take up our cross and to follow Him. A cross was a thing of shame then and still is. He said we cannot love parents or children more than Him. Even His disciples left EVERYTHING to follow Him. It's that simply difficult and total in its commitment.
When the Israelites ate all the lamb that Passover night, Psalm 105:37 says:"Then He brought them out with silver and gold, and among the tribes there was not one who stumbled (was feeble)."
Physical healing was found in eating the whole lamb. When Israel left Egypt, no one was lame or ill. They went in perfect health. As we partake of the Lamb of God completely, physical, emotional and spiritual healing is our inheritance. What an endowment!