By Sandy Shaw
During the Passover, in Egypt, it was not enough that a lamb had died. The people had to apply the blood to their doors. We read all about the Passover in Exodus Chapter 12 and it was at the Passover Meal the night before He was crucified that Jesus Christ took bread and wine giving them that very special and precious significance for our spiritual welfare and well-being.
The Hebrew people had been slaves in Egypt for some 400 years and now they were going to be rescued, released, delivered, set free - for a purpose.
Although Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, each individual has to apply that saving, cleansing, protecting blood.
I cannot do that for you, no more than Moses could do it for them. To be safe and secure, the blood of Jesus Christ must be applied. Inside each house there was total safety. Stay in the security of the shelter.
Moses believed God, and the people believed Moses. They were not only to kill the lamb, but they were to eat its flesh. You have got to go further than the blood.
Yes, it is vital that they were covered, protected and saved by the blood of the lamb, but they had to feed upon the lamb. They have to be in the lamb, and the lamb has to be in them.
Why had they to do this? Because they were going on a journey, and it happened to be a very long journey.
They were told how to eat as pilgrims ready for a journey, wearing your coat and your sandals. There was a sense of urgency. Be nourished now in the safety of your house, because things are going to move soon.
The blood of the lamb will be sufficient for your security and protection, but your strength will be in the flesh of the lamb.
The blood will save you, but for the journey, for service, for ministry, you will need food. Eat and be strong. We begin with the blood, but strength comes from feeding upon the Word. Eat all of it and you will be strong, not in your own strength or power, but as a result of what God provides and supplies.
That is why for over 40 years now I have taught the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. In virtually all of my other articles there will be something from the Word of God which can reach you and speak to you in a way I can never do.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled "Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.