Exodus 12-13, Matthew 16

Exodus 12:23
23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

This story is one of the most beautiful pictures in all of the bible of the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus was the unblemished, the perfect Lamb of God whose blood was shed for the sins of the world. In the same manner that the smeared blood of the lamb on the door posts and on the lintel (forming the shape of the cross) delivered the Israelites from death, so the shed blood of Jesus on the cross delivers us from eternal death. Jesus was crucified on Passover over a thousand years later.

Exodus 13:11-12
11 “And it shall be, when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to you and your fathers, and gives it to you, 12 that you shall set apart to the Lord all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the Lord’s.

We must walk in the understanding that all that we have belongs to the Lord. We must never think that we committed our lives to Him and then go about our own merry way. No, we commit our lives to Him because He is the only One who can save us, and then we give him everything else that we have, because in reality everything we have is from Him. we can tend to forget this if we are not careful…may it never be.

Exodus 13:21
21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.

The Lord wants to lead us in everything we do, all we have to do is let Him!

Matthew 16:2-3
2 He answered and said to them, “ When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening. ’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

The signs of the times today, tell us that the Lord’s return is very near. Maranatha…which means, ‘Come Lord Jesus come!’

Matthew 16:13
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “ Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

When we stand before God, He will not be interested in our good deeds, but rather what we say about His Son Jesus, and who we say He is. If we confess anything less than, “He is the Christ, the Anointed One, the Son of the living God who came to take away the sins of the world,” we will not enter into eternal rest with God. It is as simple, sobering and profound as that.

Matthew 16:23
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “ Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Being mindful of the things of men, rather than the things of God will get us into trouble.

Matthew 16:26
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Absolutely no profit!

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