15th December 2011

Lamb Of God

“But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
Micah 5:2 (NKJV)

I know this does not appear appropriate for December, but please bear with me.

On the 10th day of the first month of the Jewish year, Jewish families were required to choose a perfect unblemished, year-old male lamb for the Passover sacrifice. (Exodus12:3-6)

These lambs were bred in Bethlehem Ephrathah, the Bethlehem known as the city of David, not to be confused with Bethlehem in Galilee. These lambs were guarded so no harm could come to them and they could be sold as unblemished. Bethlehem lies south of Jerusalem and these lambs were taken to Jerusalem, to the north eastern gate named the “Sheep Gate” during the run up to the Passover. These lambs were owned by the Sadducees, and only these lambs were able to be used as a sacrifice at Passover.

Mary and Joseph were journeying to Joseph’s city of birth, Bethlehem, according to an edict by Caesar Augustus for a census (Luke 2:1-4). Mary was heavily pregnant and on arrival at Bethlehem she gave birth to a Son, as was prophesied in Micah 5:2. He was the Messiah, promised by God to Israel, called in John 1:29 The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He was to become the ultimate Passover lamb to die for all mankind and reconcile man to God and give ever lasting life to those who accept His sacrifice.

Where else but Bethlehem could Our Saviour be born, as all Passover lambs were?

God leaves nothing to chance. All His plans are perfect.

Oh father, we thank you for your Son. Let us praise Him as the angels did at His birth.

Study by Sandra Moore

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