Saturday, January 26, 2013

Death of the Firstborn

Exo 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
Exo 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.
Exo 11:6 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.
Exo 11:7 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.

Egypt stubbornly refused to heed the many warnings from God through Moses and Aaron. God was not just picking on a people, but when they continually rebelled, he brought judgement. We hear that God is love and that is true, but apart from his covenant promises, we are under condemnation because of his righteous judgement.

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Losing the firstborn was a great tragedy for the Egyptians. All of God's covenant people were saved because they put the blood of a sacrificial lamb around their door openings. The death angel passed over them but the Egyptians were mourning loudly for the loss of their firstborn. Not a sound was heard where God's people lived, not even a dog barking (a miracle).

The blood of the lamb was symbolic of God giving his only begotten Son to be the LAMB that would shed his blood for all who would believe in him. Those who believe in Jesus and his shed blood for their sins and rebellion, shall be saved. Faith and obedience saved Israel back then and faith in Jesus Christ will save us now. Apply the blood of the lamb around your heart and let Jesus come in to bring his peace and salvation.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 

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