Gathering the Lamb

Page No.12

In Exodus 12, God gives Israel the timetable and specifications for gathering the Passover Lamb, as follows:

“Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb…” “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old…” “And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.…” (Exodus 12:3,5,6)

By gathering the Passover Lamb on the 10th of the month, the Israelites had 4 days to inspect it to make sure that it was “unblemished,” as God had commanded.

2,000 years ago, we know that Jesus observed the Passover with his apostles on the 14th of the month, which was a Thursday. That means that when he arrived in Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), it was on the tenth. In other words, when all of Israel was gathering lambs for the slaughter that day, Jesus arrived in Jerusalem as the ultimate Passover Lamb.

Moreover, between the 10th and the 14th, you’ll notice that Jesus was asked some of the most difficult questions to date, e.g., “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” or “Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” This heavy scrutiny can really be seen as the inspection of The Lamb, to see if He was really without spot or blemish.

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