“Your lamb shall be without blemish.” Exodus 12:5
In preparation for the night the Death Angel would pass through Egypt, the Israelites were to select a lamb. That lamb was then to be scrutinized for some days to make certain it had no spot or blemish.
A blemish is an outward flaw, while a spot is an outward indication of an inward problem. The blood that was to be shed and then sprinkled on the doorposts of the house had to be the blood of a perfect lamb. No other blood would do.
Peter assures us that Christ was “a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). Our Saviour was tested, tried, and tempted and was revealed to be absolutely sinless in word, thought, and deed. God the Father declared, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Pontius Pilate said, “I find no fault in this man” (Luke 23:4). Judas, the disciple who betrayed Him, said, “I have betrayed the innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4).
Three particular parts of the Passover lamb were mentioned (Exodus 12:9). The head symbolizes the mind. Paul the apostle, known for his intellect, wrote of Christ that “He knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The purtenance, or insides, was considered to be the seat of emotions. John, who was known for his sensitivity, wrote that “in Him is no sin” (1 John 3:5). The legs symbolize action. The apostle Peter, who was characterized by action, wrote of the Saviour that He “did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22).
Thousands of lambs were slain that night in Egypt, yet all the references to lamb are in the singular, pointing to Christ, the only perfect Passover Lamb of God who was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Quote: “Guilty, vile and helpless, we; Spotless Lamb of God was He: Full atonement! -can it be? Hallelujah! what a Saviour!” – Philip P. Bliss
Daily devotions are from the book “A Word in Season” published by Let the Bible Speak. © Let the Bible Speak 2010 – All Rights Reserved.