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Hebrews 11:28 "By Faith The Passover Was Kept"

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Introduction

Within this one event we will find one of the greatest foreshadowing of Jesus Christ
· Through it they will discover a new beginning
· They will understand the need for a sacrificial lamb
· They will understand the value of life through the cost of death
· They will appreciate the blood that allowed death to Passover.
It is my hope that by the end of time together this morning that we would have a renewed sense of awe in knowing what God has done for us.

Exposition

Hebrews 11:28 ESV
By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
Background:
The Outline Bible Section Outline Four (Exodus 5–17)

The plagues (Ex. 7:14–10:29; 11:1, 4–10): Because Pharaoh refuses to listen, the Lord begins a series of 10 plagues on Egypt. After each plague, the Lord gives Pharaoh opportunity to change his mind, but Pharaoh continually refuses.

1. Blood (Ex. 7:14–25): Moses strikes the Nile with his staff, causing its waters to change into blood. Soon all water in Egypt is polluted in similar fashion.

2. Frogs (Ex. 8:1–15): A plague of frogs covers every square foot of the land. Pharaoh begs Moses to remove them, promising Israel’s deliverance, but then refuses after the frogs disappear.

3. Gnats (Ex. 8:16–19): Aaron strikes the dust, and gnats suddenly infest the entire nation. Pharaoh’s magicians advise him to release Israel, but he again refuses.

4. Flies (Ex. 8:20–32): Egypt is filled with great swarms of flies, but none appear in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites live. Again Pharaoh promises to set Israel free but refuses when the flies are gone.

5. Plague on livestock (Ex. 9:1–7): All Egyptian livestock suddenly become sick and begin to die, but not one Israelite animal is affected.

6. Boils (Ex. 9:8–12): After Moses tosses soot from a furnace into the air, festering boils break out on people and animals.

7. Hail and lightning (Ex. 9:13–35): Before this plague, God tells Moses and Pharaoh the purpose of the plagues: “that you might see my power and that my fame might spread throughout the earth.” Some Egyptians heed God’s warning and bring their livestock in from the fields for protection from the fearful lightning and hail. Pharaoh tells Moses that he will let his people go but changes his mind after the plague stops.

8. Locusts (Ex. 10:1–20): Pharaoh agrees to allow only the men of Israel to go worship the Lord. Moses rejects this offer, and the Lord sends a strong east wind that blows in the worst locust plague in Egyptian history! Pharoah repents, the Lord removes the locusts, and then Pharaoh changes his mind yet again.

9. Darkness (Ex. 10:21–29): The Lord sends a deep, terrifying darkness over all of Egypt for three days. Pharaoh agrees to let the people go, but the flocks must stay. Moses refuses.

10. Death of firstborn sons (Ex. 11:1, 4–10): The Lord tells Moses that this plague will result in Israel’s freedom.

Instructed by God in the Passover
Moses Kept the Passover (some say instituted it)
Sprinkled the blood
So that the first born may live.
If the blood had not been placed over the door posts the first born of the Jewish people would have ceased.
Howeverbecause of the faith that Moses had in the Lord He trusted the Lord to passover that house and spare that child.
That first born was given life.
The family through the first born were given life
The Jewish people were given life.
What shall the Jewish people do with that new life?

Conclusion

The passover lamb in the NT is Jesus
1 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Notice the context in which this verses is placed.
The blood that cleanses you from defile meant.
You can become defiled once again.
Ephesians 2:8–10 ESV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
A foreshadow of Jesus-
· Firstborn
(NKJV)
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
· A lamb
(NKJV)
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
· Death
(NKJV)
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
· Blood
(NKJV)
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Did you Know: It is true that “the ‘blood’ of Christ is mentioned in the writings of the New Testament nearly three times as often as ‘the Cross’ of Christ and five times as frequently as the ‘death’ of Christ.
Paul calls Jesus our Passover-
(NKJV)
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Interesting progression found in these verses
(NKJV)
3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.
4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

Did you know that it was the 10th of the month that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and it was on the 14th Day that He was put to death?

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