Exodus 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Israel had been in bondage in servitude. They had been a people without a home, held in the bondage of Egypt. And what was about to happen would be the starting point of a new life. It would be redemption from a stand point of starting new, a fresh beginning. In order to have that new start they would have to leave Egypt. This is the shadow of the new beginning that Christ has offered to us.
In John 3:3 Jesus said to Nicodemus, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
We find that in Israel's new beginning also something else took place; judgment. And only those who had the blood of an innocent lamb, a lamb without blemish, applied to their door would miss the judgment. The lamb would take their place.
You can face the judgment now and claim the blood or face it later with no redemption.
Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
As the Lord passed through Egypt and Goshen that night He wasn't looking for a nice house, or a shabby house. He wasn't looking for a neon cross or a 50 foot steeple. He was only looking for one thing: The blood.
God's promise to Israel to deliver them out of Egypt was sealed in the blood of that Passover lamb.
Psalm 105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Exodus 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
God's promises are like wells. Man's promises, at their best, are like cisterns. Friends, God has promised us a new beginning.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
All things become new. Show me who Jesus touched and their whole life was not changed.
There was something the children of Israel had to do to have this new beginning. They had to leave Egypt. They could not serve Egypt and God. No man can serve 2 masters.
You might say, "They were slaves in Egypt and God gave them healing and freedom. Why would they even want to stay in Egypt?" Because bondage and pain don't look so bad when you are looking back.
Christian, you should stop and remember where you came from. It was worse that you remember.
The children of Israel were not far upon their journey until they began to think Egypt wasn't so bad. Quickly they had forgotten the brick pits, the mud, mire, sickness, and disease. They had already lost the vision of what God had prepared for them.
I wonder how it sounded in God's ear when they cried, "It was better for us to serve the Egyptians." I wonder how it sounds in His ear when we say we are going to quit our journey and return to the world.
Lord, we loved you while the fishes and loaves were being passed out, but now you want me to do something? We should just do what he commanded.
Do you know what the children of Israel had to do to see the Red Sea part? Stand still and shut up.
A lot of time if we would just take our stand on the Word and quit jumping in and out, quit speaking every fear that Satan whispers in our ear, then God could show us His salvation.
The promises that God has made to us, just as the ones that He made to Israel, are sealed in the Blood. Not the blood of a Passover lamb but the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son.
We should ask ourselves today. Do we believe that there is power in the Blood?
I believe that sin perishes in its presence. I believe that death ceases to be, that heaven's gates are opened by the Blood of Jesus. I believe the destroying angel is only turned away by the applied Blood of Jesus.
The question today is not whether you have come to the knowledge of doctrine or an observance of ceremonies or some form of experience, but have you come to the Blood of Jesus?
There is no other fountain. Have we brought our disease to the wounded back of Christ? Jesus has poured out His Blood for you and I. But He is no longer the bleeding Lamb. He has moved from the cross to the right hand of Power, and as our Lord rose up from the earth, up from the grave. He has called us to be risen from worldliness, from worry and cares, from the fears that shackle us in bondage. We are lifted out, not by our strength, but by the power of His shed Blood.
Today could be your new beginning.