It’s In the Fine Print
We are continually confronted with detailed minutia throughout the day. Every package, every contract, every application has paragraphs of fine print that we skip over so that we can move on to what we are really interested in. We scan the print quickly then hope there was nothing of consequence in the print that will come back later to haunt us.
The fine print of instructions is often the fodder for jokes…you may have read the hilarious instruction found on a bottle of bathtub cleaner that says “For best results, start with clean bathtub before use”, or the one on sleeping pills that warns “May cause drowsiness”, or how about the credit card statement that clarifies for us that “payment is due by the due date”. Yes, it’s in the fine print.
Maybe that is why I never completely focused on the details the Lord laid out in His instructions to make Passover until I began meandering after Moses as an exercise to grow in faith.
The tenth plague of judgment was going to be poured out upon the entire land of Egypt, and following the detailed instructions of the Passover recorded in Exodus 12 was the only way to be protected. Each and every element in this Old Testament picture of salvation presented a unique facet of faith to a unique people of God.
Take a male lamb without blemish. Not just any lamb. Behold THE Lamb. “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…but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” I Peter 1:18-19
Keep the lamb. It’s not enough to just have a passing acquaintance with the Lamb, He must be brought into your life. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:4
Kill the lamb. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain. “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. “ Ephesians 2:13
Sprinkle the Blood. Salvation from death did not come from just taking the lamb, keeping the lamb and killing the lamb. The blood in the basin did not save the family, the blood applied to the door post did. “God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.” Romans 3:25. The blood was sufficient but not efficient until it was applied.
Eat the lamb. After the blood was shed and applied, then they were to be nourished by the lamb. “..but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church” Ephesians 5:29. Feeding would not have saved them if the blood had not been shed and applied. First salvation…then feeding.
Remove the leaven. Salvation…then feeding…then removal of leaven, the symbol of sin. “Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” I Corinthians 5: 7
Be ready to leave. They were to eat the food standing, fully dressed, ready to go. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.” John 12:26. Are we ready to move forward?
Details make a difference!
Blessings to you who meander after Moses with me,
(From the series “Meandering with Moses.” Previous posts from this series listed below.)