The Blood and the Lamb
Prophecy is Pattern
By Dr. Dan Stolebarger
As Believers we need to be able to see the patterns and then be able to “unpack” the ways in which Yeshua can be seen as the completion or the fulfillment of Passover.
The types in the Bible often provide the key to deeper understanding. As Westerners when we hear the word prophecy our minds race to a kind of prediction/fulfillment motif while Eastern thought looks for patterns and then fulfillment. So when it comes to Pesach (Passover), as Believers we need to be able to see the patterns and then be able to “unpack” the ways in which Yeshua can be seen as the completion or the fulfillment of the most fundamental and foundational of all the Feasts.
As we look back at the first Passover, let’s look at the original instructions as found in the second book of the Torah.
On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. – Exodus 12:3–14
I know the story is familiar but let’s take it one step at a time. First things first: you need a lamb. And not just any lamb but one without a blemish! After sacrificing it you are to put its blood over the doorposts and lintel of your dwelling place. This will be a sign in which, when observed by the Angel of Death, he will then “pass over” the home and all who have the blood over them will be protected.
As we begin to unearth this treasure, let me call to your mind the following nuggets that are like jigsaw pieces that will complete this picture.
– Leviticus 17:11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”
– Hebrews 9:22: “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
– John 1:29, 35, 36: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’”
– John 19:4: “Pilate then went out again, and said to them, ‘Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.’”
– John 19:36: “For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not one of His bones shall be broken.’ And again another Scripture says, ‘They shall look on Him whom they pierced.’”
– Hebrews 10:10: By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Next is the unleavened bread portion. I am always blessed to see the three matzohs wrapped in a matzoh toff in the middle of the Seder. If you look carefully you will note that the matzohs are striped and pierced.
– Isaiah 53:5: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
– Psalm 22:16–18: “For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”
– Zechariah 12:10: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
Hmm… why are there three and why is the middle one which has been broken in half then hidden? Why is that one the afikomen? Do I detect a pattern?
Summary: The Patterns Continue!
What we see is that blood was shed in order for a people to be purchased. Then they were “schooled” in the desert and gifted with the very Word of God. After this a land was given, but in order to possess the Land they had to drive out the occupiers.
His Purpose was to show Himself strong and create a people that would not only be His prized possession (His firstfruits) but also that they might be a light to draw the nations unto the Lord!
With that as the type let’s look at a “pattern.” We have been bought with a price—the precious blood of the Passover Lamb! We too are being schooled as we continue in the daily process known as sanctification. Our guide also is the Word of God (John 1:1). And the purposes are woven from the same cloth as well because our God commissions us to be a light that would shine for Him in this rapidly increasing darkness.
The story continues as we look at the gifts of God to the Israelis as seen in the seven species. And guess what? With a little sleuth work it is not hard to see Yeshua as a fulfillment of each one of these as well.
For more on these amazing discoveries check out my teaching, titled Revealing Jesus.
May this Passover never be the same as you see the entire spectrum of what God had in mind! Next year in Jerusalem! Shalom!