KHANDIE'S KORNER - August 15, 2004

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Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes

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The Passover 

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover.   For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.  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.  (Ex 12:1-13)

NINE times Pharaoh, king of Egypt was given warnings from the LORD through the mouth of Moses, that he must repent of his evil and release the children of Israel from bondage that they may go and worship The LORD in the wilderness.  If he should not heed to the warnings of the Lord, plagues would then follow.  Nine times Pharaoh rejected the warnings and tested the wrath of God, and the plagues came upon he, his household, and all the land of Egypt but none touched the children of Israel.  The first plague turned the waters of the rivers into blood, but after the “magicians of Egyptdeceptively did the same, Pharaoh would not surrender to the power of God.  Thus the second plague fell upon he and all the land of Egypt when frogs were dispersed all over the land.  Again, the “magicians of Egypt did the same, and Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened.   The third plague brought upon lice, on man and beast but Pharaoh’s heart only hardened all the more.  Afterwards, the fourth plague came upon them and flies covered the land.  The fifth plague brought disease to the livestock of Egypt and the livestock died.  Then came the sixth plagues and boils broke out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt, and still Pharaoh would not heed the warnings.  The seventh plague caused hail mingled with fire to strike the whole land of Egypt, and when the eighth plague struck locusts cover the land destroying herbs, fruit, all vegetation so that none remained.  Then the ninth plague was delivered upon Egypt and the whole land was consumed by darkness.  ONLY where the children of Israel dwelt, in the land of Goshen was there light.  Yet, through all the warnings and plagues, Pharaoh’s heart still remained hardened and he refused to let the children of Israel go.  Hence, the tenth and final plague would be sent unto Pharaoh, his household, and all the land of Egypt and it would be a most devastating one, that would inevitably cause Pharaoh to finally send Moses, and the children of Israel away.  The tenth plague would bring upon death to every FIRSTBORN in the land of Egypt. 

Instructions were then given to Moses and Aaron by the LORD as to what they should do that all firstborn of Israel should not be touched by the final plague upon Egypt.   Every household was to take a MALE LAMB of the first year WITHOUT BLEMISH, and sacrifice the Lamb taking it’s BLOOD and striking the upper door posts of their homes.  Thus, when the plague began at midnight the LORD declared that upon SEEING 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.”  Therefore, by the BLOOD of the LAMB, Israel and all their firstborn were SAVED both man and beast. 

Today, the plague of “death” still abounds only this death is ETERNAL and is not limited to the firstborn of the land, but shall be upon ALL who ARE as Pharaoh WAS, unrepentant; hard hearted and refusing to heed to the commandments and warnings of the LORD.  This eternal death will be brought upon by man himself!  For the LORD himself has sent warning after warning, and yet many hearts have remained hardened.  But, just as the LORD gave instructions to Moses and Aaron as to the WAY of salvation, so he has given the same to every single person that walks upon the face of the earth.  The children of Israel when given the instructions, had to provide for themselves a lamb without blemish, firstborn male, of perfection EACH man of EVERY household, and the blood of such would cause the LORD to overlook them, sparing them from death and destruction.  But, NOW the LORD GOD HIMSELF has provided THE LAMB, not many but ONE as a Spiritual Covering for as many as would receive Him.  The PERFECTED, The UNBLEMISHED, HIS FIRSTBORN, HIS VERY OWN SON, and the BLOOD of THIS LAMB would protect and cover NOT just Israel, but ALL who would accept it upon the door of their hearts.  Hence “The Passover” would then apply to every believer who would repent, and receive THE BLOOD OF THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB OF GOD.  For the LORD GOD said unto Moses “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.”  Thus, The LORD GOD would say to as many as would receive the gift of The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ our LORD, WHEN HE SEE THE BLOOD HE WILL PASS OVER YOU!  When He see your heart which has been cleansed, it is not you He shall be viewing but HIS eyes shall be upon THAT which caused the cleansing and that shall be THE BLOOD of HIS LAMB who has provided for us the necessary covering and protection.   The instructions were also given to Moses and the children of Israel to REMAIN IN THE HOUSE UNDER THE COVERING OF THE BLOOD, and come NOT outside the door.  For once the door was opened it would then allow the destroyer to enter in and strike!  We to MUST REMAIN UNDER THE COVERING OF THE BLOOD!  For if we come out from under the housing provided for us, that is HIS BLOOD,  we’ve opened the door and have given permission to the destroyer to come in and STRIKE!  We MUST remain IN HIM, for if we step away from him for but a moment, if we come from under the spiritual shelter provided for us, we then become vulnerable and an easy open target!  The children of Israel were to remain INSIDE despite what would be going on OUTSIDE.  They were under no circumstance allowed to even peer outside of the door upon hearing any calamity or destruction, as the COVERING was INSIDE.  Once OUSIDE, there would then be NO protection as the blood would no longer be visible.  They could not remain covered standing outside the door.    The SAME with those who BELIEVE this day.  For if we come outside of the covering through surrendering to the sinful nature of our flesh and REMAIN there carousing about, the BLOOD is no longer visible, we are no longer covered and no longer protected.  The BLOOD covers while we are UNDER it NOT away from it!  The LORD GOD cannot see THE BLOOD as long as sin is blocking his view.  The blood of the lambs the children of Israel used, was viewed by God upon the door posts of their “physical” homes.  But, the BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD is viewed by Him not outside of the home, but FIRST on the INSIDE through a REPENTANT, SURRENDERED and CLEANSED HEART.  Guard your hearts, REMAIN in HIM, experience “The Passover” made possible by THE BLOOD!

I Love you all so very much.  Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember:  Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!

The Lord be with you this day and always!  Shalom Uvracha (Peace and Blessings)

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Adonai Elohim Tzeva-ot
Asher Hayah Va-ho-veh VaY’vo

Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come!

May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always……

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