and the Children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho (Josh. 5:10).
After Circumcision, the Lord now commands the Children of Israel to partake of the Passover, which evidently they had not done for some time. By the public eating of the Passover, Israel proclaimed that both her Redemption out of Egypt and her position in the Land of Promise were alike due to the preciousness of the Blood of the Pascal Lamb. True spiritual victories can only be won where there is this testimony to the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ, of which the Passover was a Type.
Each family was to kill a lamb, a male lamb without blemish, which, of course, signified Christ and His Death on the Cross. The lamb was to be wholly eaten with bitter herbs, signifying that Christ is to be partaken of in totality, hence, all being eaten. The “bitter herbs” typified the bitterness of the bondage of Egypt from which the Israelites were delivered.
This plainly tells us that we as Believers can walk in victory only by one way and method:
That one way is Faith and Trust in Christ and what He has done for us at the Cross. Ever making the Cross of Christ the Object of our Faith enables the Holy Spirit to work within our lives, Who Alone can give us the victory. If it is to be noticed, the way of the Cross doesn’t change; it cannot change, and it doesn’t need to change.
One of the great efforts of the human race is the “improvement of self.” While self definitely needs to be improved, it can be improved in only one way. The Holy Spirit Alone can improve our lives.
Let the Reader understand that carefully:
It cannot be done any other way (Rom. 8:1–2, 11).
In order for the Holy Spirit to do this, He demands of us that the Cross of Christ ever be the Object of our Faith (Rom. 8:2). Unfortunately, virtually all of the ways and means proposed by modern Preachers is that “self” improve “self.” Such is impossible!
Paul said, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be.
“So then they who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom. 8:7–8).
The Big "If"
Read Deuteronomy 27:1 through 30:20
Published: Feb 20, 2017
The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13).
“If” is a small word that carried huge implications for the children of Israel. If they were careful to keep the Lord’s commands, God would look after all of their concerns. If they did not keep them, then the outlook was not so bright. God would remove His presence and the protection that accompanied Him. In His absence, destruction would surely follow.
Obedience and God’s presence go hand in hand. People walk in the grace of God and neglect to realize that to please Him, He must be obeyed. Some of God’s promises have that little, easy-to-miss word—“if.” The grace of God enables us to begin to live as the Father would desire. When that is done, God opens doors that otherwise are closed to us. He comes near. In God’s Word, even the little words carry big meaning.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me obey even in things that seem small.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 28:7–14
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