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Remember the Lord

"Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced."   Psalm 105:5

"This is day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord - a lasting ordinance."   Exodus 12:14

 

God's mighty hand was at work in Moses, in His children, and in Egypt.  God used the ten plagues to bring judgment to Egypt and to Egypt's false gods, and in the process He rescued His children and redeemed them.  In Exodus 12, we see the Lord's Passover being celebrated by Israel.  During the Lord's Passover, each family would take a lamb, one without defect, and use it as a sacrifice.  The slain lamb would remind everyone of God's deserved judgment.  The blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes would spare them from God'd deserved judgment and would give them God's undeserved grace!  Again, God's plan all along was that the people might know that He is Lord and that His people would worship Him openly and freely.  In order to rescue them and to redeem them, a sacrifice had to be made.  The spotless lamb was that sacrifice.  God wanted them to remember that it was a substitute that took their place in judgment.  In Exodus 12:29-30, the Lord struck down all the firstborn of Egypt.  Everyone in Egypt felt the judgment of God, from Pharaoh to the prisoner in the dungeon.  Exodus 12:30 says, "Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead."  God's judgment fell on Egypt and on Egypt's false gods.  God kept His promises to Moses and to His children, Israel.  God rescued them and redeemed them.  He paid the ultimate price to set them free, and the ultimate price wasn't just a little lamb in the back yard.  The ultimate price God paid to redeem Israel is the same ultimate price He paid to set us free: JESUS!  Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God.  John 1:29 says, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!"  1 Peter 1:18-19 says, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."

Romans 3:23-26 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood - to be received by faith.  He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished - he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."  Rescue and redemption isn't just for Israel.  Rescue and redemption is for us all.  We just have to receive it from God.  You see, we deserve God's judgment and wrath because of our sin.  But thank God for Jesus!  Jesus is our Lamb who redeems us and gives us God's undeserved grace!  If you want to be right with God, you must surrender to Jesus.  If you want forgiveness of sin, you must be covered by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus.  If you admit your sin before God, and if you believe in your heart that Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God who lived and died for you, then you will be saved.  Believe God's Word today!  Claim God's Word today!  Live a life of redemption today!  

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