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Exodus 12 Luke 15

19 July, 2015
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Exodus 12

Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household.

“Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:3, 6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The instructions for Passover are very specific. The more specific an instruction the harder it is over time to get it just right. God had a purpose in that  
““These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the LORD’s Passover.

“Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation.
So the people of Israel did just as the LORD had commanded through Moses and Aaron. And that night at midnight, the LORD struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.” Exodus‬ ‭12:11, 17, 28-30‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We don’t know the date that Moses went to Pharaoh but we know this, something happened on the 10th and the selection of sheep or goats lasted until the 14th. Four days of readiness, urgency and preparation. The Egyptians would have been watching the frenetic activity and wondering what was going on perhaps. 
““These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the LORD’s Passover.

Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the LORD as you have requested.
All the Egyptians urged the people of Israel to get out of the land as quickly as possible, for they thought, “We will all die!” The Israelites took their bread dough before yeast was added. They wrapped their kneading boards in their cloaks and carried them on their shoulders. And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed; they asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold.
That night the people of Israel left Rameses and started for Succoth. There were about 600,000 men, plus all the women and children. A rabble of non-Israelites went with them, along with great flocks and herds of livestock.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:11, 31, 33-35, 37-38‬ ‭NLT‬‬
600,000 men, plus women and children – big families. Herds and livestock. This would not have moved quickly. There was nothing “quick” about this trek. It was slow, laborious but with this huge sense of urgency and haste to just keep moving. Some would be able to pace it out but little kids, the elderly, the group is really only as fast as the slowest person. 
But any slave who has been purchased may eat it if he has been circumcised.

“If there are foreigners living among you who want to celebrate the LORD’s Passover, let all their males be circumcised. Only then may they celebrate the Passover with you like any native-born Israelite. But no uncircumcised male may ever eat the Passover meal. This instruction applies to everyone, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner living among you.”” Exodus‬ ‭12:44, 48-49‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So adding insult to injury there would have been some weak and tender men also slowing things down. Big hindrances
Luke 15
““If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:4-5, 7‬ ‭NLT‬‬
It’s true. We fixate on what’s lost until we find it again. While it’s missing we yearn for it, think on it and worry for it. God does that for you and I. 
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are loved. Deeply. I’m not so good at accepting that wholeheartedly but I’m getting there. 

““When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:17-19‬ ‭NLT‬‬
This man had had everything. He took more than just wealth and blew it all on women and fast living before taking a lowly job as a pig herder. Talk about falling low but then he thought of where he came from. He wasn’t up himself enough to think he could get his inheritance back but was willing to serve. 
““So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” Luke‬ ‭15:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Now God knows our heart but if this were true of a man his father would have no idea of his heart change when he was a distance off yet he was filled with compassion. The son could have chickened out and turned away. Lucky for us God knows us and loves us wholly. 
““But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.” Luke‬ ‭15:22-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I wonder if we forget here that Jesus is telling us His Dad’s reaction, HIS reaction to the lost returning. We don’t just get a limp handshake, we get a passionate embrace and celebration put on for each of us. It might feel underwhelming putting a hand up in church or having a heart change in a field (like I did) but I can’t wait for the day I get to see my Jesus, my Jeshua, to hug Him tight and then stay wrapt in His presence. 
““The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him,” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I do have to wonder who this brother is. The person who grows up in church? The good child who never went off the rails? The hard worker? The Israelites? 
We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I think we might all get a surprise when Jesus comes back and things go the way they should have gone. 

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