Silence of the Lambs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Silence of the Lambs

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

 "Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God. . .for by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified." Hebrews 10:11-14

 Countless multitudes of sacrifices have been offered since the Lord delivered Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Perhaps a million lambs were slaughtered on the first Passover. God had promised the Israelites that He would deliver them from Egypt with one last plague - the killing of all the firstborn in the land. On the evening of the Passover God would send an angel of death to enter every house which was not protected by the blood of the Passover lamb.

 The Israelites were commanded to slay the lamb at twilight and smear the blood on the doorposts of their houses and were assured that when the angel saw the blood he would pass over and spare the firstborn of that household. That night all the firstborn of Egypt died while all the firstborn of Israel were spared. As a result, Pharaoh agreed to let the captives go and the children of Israel departed the next night triumphantly.

 When Israel came into the promised land it has been said that the blood of the sacrificed lambs ran through the streets of Jerusalem on the Passover. Four days before the Passover, each family acquired a healthy year old lamb and kept it at their home until the time for Passover came. They came to love the little lamb which made it difficult to kill and eat it. To some it was heart-wrenching to see the little lamb afraid and to hear it cry.

 To the Jews Passover was a commemoration of the death angel sparing their firstborn in Egypt. To the Christian, the lamb and the blood represent Jesus, the true Lamb of God who shed His blood for the forgiveness of sin. To the Jew, the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorates being delivered from bondage to Egypt so quickly that their dough didnít have time to leaven. To the Christian, the Festival of Unleavened Bread is a celebration of what Jesus, the true Passover Lamb has done for us, in that He has delivered us from bondage to sin and itís penalty by His blood. Paul told the Church, -"You are in fact, unleavened", that is, without sin because the blood of the Lamb has washed them all away,-"For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Cor.5)

 The sacrificial blood of animals had no power to pay for our sins - they only served to remind us that we are sinners and that a divine sacrifice was still needed. Our text shows us that Jesus was that divine sacrifice which ended all other sacrifices.

 In Jerusalem, on the Passover of 31 AD, the Lamb of God carried His cross and willingly laid down His sinless life to save all those who would receive Him as their Savior. Though He was without guilt, unlike the little Passover lambs who cried, He remained silent as He was falsely accused during His trial. For those who have received Him as their Savior and their Lord, there is a silence of the lambs.

 

 

 

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