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Christ our Passover - 2 (The Power of the Blood of Jesus - Vol 04)

Sunday English Service - 26 FEB 17

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Please turn with me to 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7 and also Exodus Chapter 12 and verse 13. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7 "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." Exodus 12:13"Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. 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.

We began a series three weeks ago (this is the 4th week), studying about the "Power of the blood of Jesus". And the last week I started talking about the Passover, which is a major event, really it's as important in the New Testament as the life of Christ, and death and resurrection Christ, as important as that is to the New Testament, to the Old Testament this event of the Passover event is - so it is a major event; major event in the sense that there is a lot of revelation concerning salvation given there in the Passover event. Now those who have been born raised like me in the Christian home and gone to church and had a lot of preaching, must have heard a lot about thesethings and are familiar with the Passover event, but am sure there are those that are new to do this, new to Christ, new to the whole bible; and the Old Testament passages may appear like very old to some people here. So I want to explain certain things very basically, before I really get into it - for the second time I want to deal with the Passover today; because there are so many things that it reveals about God's wonderful plan of salvation. So let me explain certain things basically to you:

Now God came down to deliver the people of Israel after 400 years of them being in bondage in the land of Egypt. You know how they came to Egypt; they came as children of Jacob - in Jacob's time, Joseph came ahead of them, and became the great leader of Egypt who saved the whole land from a famine and rose to the position of something like a prime minister in those days, in this foreign land. God exalted him and elevated him to that position. And Joseph was greatly honored by the pharaoh of that time, his father and his brothers came as a whole family (70 of them), came and settled in Egypt at that time; they were very comfortable - they were given one of the best areas of the land to occupy and to work, and they prospered very much. Thebible says in the 1st chapter of Exodus, that they became great in number - number is strength in those days; so they became great in number, increased as a family and their wealth increased. Everything they put their hands to do succeeded. And after Joseph's time the trouble started; the people became jealous - looking at their prosperity, looking at their success, and looking at increase in numbers, they wanted to curtail everything - they wanted to make sure that these foreigners do not really overtake them; so they were really oppressed in that nation. Things reached a point where they become slaves and became poor; became very troubled and distressed. And in their great distress, they cried out to God, and God came to deliver them.Now God came to deliver them because they were already in a covenant - if you remember God made a covenant with Abraham, and God even prophetically spoke about their journey to Egypt; and the fact that they were will spend 400 years there was already known to God, and God revealed it to Abraham in Abraham'sdays. And I want to read that passage - because some of you may not be familiar with that. Please turn with me in Genesis chapter 15 - in chapter 15 begins with Abraham going to God, and literally appealing to God saying that he doesn't have a child; he has everything (he has wealth, he has status in society, but does not have a child. He is worried that his servant's children will become heirs to all the wealth that he has. So he tells Godin so many words - i.e. servant's children are going to inherit all his wealth. But Godtells him:"No, someone who is born to you will be your heir. You will have a child - thischild will be born through you, and only that person will inherit everything". And so God says, "Look at the stars of the sky. Can you count them, number them?" And God says, "I will make your seed like the stars of heaven" - That is a wonderful amazing promise. But then on top of that, God promises him a land. In verse 7 (Chapter 15:7) ...the first 6 verses, the promise of a child, descendants, like the stars in heaven, then in 7th verse He says, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it. And he said, "Lord God how shall I know that I will inherit it". Now what guarantee is there that I will get a land? This is too much of a promise - a whole land is going to be given. How shall I know? He said, "How shall I know that I will inherit it? Verse 9, So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." - Now they are already used to sacrifices; even you remember, the coats of skin incidence in the Garden of Eden taught them for the first time about sacrifice; that shame and fear that came as a result of sin can be covered properly not through fig leaves which were man-made clothes, but God made clothes, which is coats of skin. But the coats of skin came as a result of killing of an animal - killing of probably a lamb, and taking the skin out of a lamb.

God clothed Adam and Eve and taught them a lesson that sin can be properly remedied only through His way. Not through their way; all human religions of this world are the fig leaves type of attempt to cover the problem of sin and to find a remedy for the problem that sin has brought in their lives. But only God can come up with the solution - a proper solution. It was taught to them, and thereafter they started bringing sacrifices; understanding that when you come to God; normally you had to hide - and being you know, fear of God (that is why Adam went and hid), but then after this coat of skin incidence they learned that God clothes us in His way and we can come stand before God only as a result of giving of a life and shedding of a blood. Only in that way we can be worthy to stand before God; because the soul that sins shall die, and the wages of sin is death - they recognized what sacrifices meant. Thereafter they started sacrifices: Abel sacrificed, Noah sacrificed; all of these people sacrificed and you read about that. So, by the time they come to Abraham - now here God is introducing Abraham to the idea of sacrifices. So, God tells him to bring these animals and birds and so on; and then he brought all these things to Him, and cut them into two - down to the middle; and placed each pieceopposite the other, but he didn't cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abraham drove them away. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abraham - and behold horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to him (God is now speaking to Abraham. Listen to this, amazing), "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs. And will serve them, and they will afflict them 400 years." God is literally prophesying to him, telling him four generations before these things happen, God told him exactly how many years they will be there. And what will happen; that they will serve them, that means they will be slaves there and so on. And also the nation whom they will serve, I will judge. He also talks about the deliverance of the people of Israel from Egypt. "I will judge them" (that is what it means; that is deliverance). After which they shall come out with great possessions - in other words they shall be poor, and they will trampled upon, they will become slaves; but when they come out, they will come out with great possessions because God will deliver them out, bless them and bring them out. And then listen to this; verse 15: "Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete." - They will come to the land of Canaan and occupy it - by the time they come the Canaanites will be ready to be driven out - because they also are very wicked people and the fact that they were driven out, it is not that some injustice that God did to them - they deserve to be driven out because they were just a horrible bunch, waiting for their iniquity to fill up so that God can judge them. Now listen to this, "And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between these pieces. On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying: To your descendants I have given this land and so on." - So now God made a blood covenant with Abraham - now blood covenant in those days is much better than a writing in a stamp paper and signing (its more honorable than that). Nobody violated a blood covenant (I have taught about blood covenant here) It's the highest way of making an agreement.

God of heaven came down and makes a covenant with man, the covenant essentially means that the two people making the covenant will look at each other and say: "Everything that have is yours. If you need it you can have it" Both of them would say that. That means, "If you need anything you approach me. You or your descendants".Anybody who needs anything he can come to me, I will give that. I would even give my life for you if needed: because we are covenant partners. Now just imagine what a great dealAbraham got - Abraham got very little to give to God, God got everything to give to Abraham. And this is a wonderful deal. God says, "You need anything Abraham, just call upon me, and I will be there. I will be your help; I will help you - That is the blood covenant. Now when the people of Israel just as it was prophesized ended up in trouble in the land of Egypt and spent 400 years in slavery; they cried out to God and God says, in so many words, (if you read 3rd Chapter of Exodus), God remembered the covenant thatHe made with Abraham, and He comes to Moses and introduces Himself to Moses saying, "I am the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" - that means, "Hey I am coming to you on the basis of the covenant" - the blood covenant I have made. I am going to be there in the time of your trouble - I have come here because of that", He says. So God shows up in the right time but God has always been working behind the scenes: He is the one that caused pharaoh's daughter to come and pick up Moses as a little child by that river. The order of the king was that children must be killed if there were found - if the child is found to be a male child, the midwives were told to quietly kill the child. Such was the oppression; during those times, somehow Moses mother gave birth to this child, and hid the child in the river and pharaohs' daughter comes and finds and likes the child, picks the child - all happened in a divinely ordained manner. And the mother herself ends up being the person to take care of Moses in the palace. So the mother is raising him, but raising him in palace at pharaoh's expense so that he can throw pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. Nowyouthink of God how He is a wonderful God who orchestrates and works things out so perfectly. God is making pharaoh pay for the boy that is going to fight against him, and throws his wholearmy in the Red Sea. He is feeding him, sending him to college, educating him and he is being raised as a king's child in the palace. So don't ever think that God is not at work; when you don't feel, it doesn't mean that God is not there. God is always there - God is working behind the scene.

So, wonderfully God worked everything out and now He comes to Moses and appears to him at the burning bush and tells him go to pharaoh and tell him, "Let my people go". And Moses goes and tells him, and pharaoh says, "No, nothing doing". You guys got enough time to go on a vacation - you want to go on a vacation to worshipyour God, so I am going to arrange for more work to be given. You are slaves - you don't have any vacation. Work more. So he put them to work and gave them more trouble. So God started sending some plagues because he hardened his heart. The plagues started softly; they were not so harsh - as he hardened the heart and as he became very hard hearted, the more the intensity increased in the plague (if you noticed)... it increases in intensity. But one thing very clear about these plagues; the first nine plagues were sent and still pharaoh hardened his heart (kept hardening his heart)more and more and finally the 10th plague is going to be the most severe one (intensity is going to peak out now - the most severe one). Now in all these plagues there was one remarkable thing; and that is, the plague affected the life of the Egyptians only, but not the life of the Israelites. Now God literally drew a line, made a difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites. This is a wonderful theme in the bible I hope I can go into it even more in the days to come. God made a difference between His people and the Egyptians (the oppressors) and He shows how special His people are. What makes them so special - is the covenant (the blood covenant) that God had made with Abraham - the blood is what makes them so special. God remembers that blood - by blood He sworn that He will take care of them. So they are very special; for instance in one of the plagues, Egypt was covered with darkness - darkness likes you have never seen; you can't see your own hand in front of your face, you cannot see the other person.

For three days they spent their lives in their homes, not be able to look at one another - total darkness. But you know in the Israelites house, there was light. Simply all power was cut of power in all Egyptians house and all Israelites had light in their house (just imagine). God did it with a purpose so that they would see that these people are God's people. God drew a line, said, "No, the plague is not going to touch them, not going to affect them. It is going to affect only the Egyptians." This is the way all the plagues went. Now the final and the tenth plague isgoing to be even more remarkable; God is really going to draw a line. And the plague is going to be this kind of plague; that is, first born of all Egypt is going to die. Now you may say, "What a horrible thing. First born dying; first born every male and then first born of all the animals, they are going to die. What a horrible thing; why would God doing something like that?" Well God says, "Israel is my first born". Now you took my first born and made him slave and oppressed himall this years - 430 years. See whenever God does something, there is a tremendous justice in it; there is long-suffering in it. There is patience in it - God is never unjust. When God does something, especially when it looks so horrible, you better look and find out why He did. It's unbearable what these people did, It's unbearable; Joseph saved the whole land of Egypt - is this the way to repay him, and his brothers and their children? Is this the way to pay a man back for saving the land from seven years of famine, and raising the land to be one of the most prosperous super-powers in the world? Is this the pay-back? They did injustice and now is the time to payback. You know there is a God who does justly; God is a righteous judge. And people think that whatever we to do today, there will be no judgement - everything will be fine. No, in the end there is going to be judgement for your information. The bible says in the end there is going to be judgement. And even for Christians, the bible says thateveryone will be receive according to what they have done, that means even our rewards will be given according to what we have done in this life. And for those who have not received Jesus, there is going to be judgement. The bible very clearly talks about it. So people live as if there is no judgement, there is no accountability; nobody is going to come and ask us anything and so on. But the bible gives a different picture - the bible says that our maker, our God holds us accountable, we are uncountable to Him; He gave us this earth; He gave us the breath of life; He gave us the resources; He gave us a brain; He gave us abilities, talents, gifts, and if we never paid any attention to that and lived according to our own agenda and did whatever we wanted. You never brought anything (Paul says), "You never brought anything in this world, what is there to boast", he says. You and I never brought anything in this world. Everything that we havecomes from God. Therefore I need to live for the purpose for which God gave me all the gifts and abilities that He has given me - and you need to do the same thing. So we are accountable to God, we need to discover God first; come in contact with God first, give our lives to God first, and ask Him what we need to do - let Him guide us and lead us into His plan and purpose, and live for His purpose, then we can stand before Him.

So here is the judgement of God going to happen. It sounds horrible but it is: God says, "Israel is my first born". God says in Jeremiah, "I am a father to Israel" - what a God He is."I am a father to Israel and Israel is my first-born", He says. In many ways, Israel is first-born - in what way? Do them, first God reveal Himself to them. God chose Abraham and revealed (more than to any man) God revealed Himself to Abraham. Abrahamic blessing, arevelationof who God is -and what kind of relationship God wants to have with man. God revealed Himself to Abraham in such away. You know it is so important to understand that; that Israelites are in many way a first-born - 10 commandments were given to them. No other nation received any commandment from God; 10 Commandments were given to them - through that a revelation was given to them. TheyknewGodbetter than any other nation in this earth. That is why when Jesus came, He came to the Jews. He was born as a Jew, among the Jew; lived among them, ministered among them - He said, "He came to the house of Israel", ministered among them - "Salvation is ofthe Jews", they said. From there only it spreads to the Gentiles and others. You first preach in Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, then to the uttermost parts of the world - from the Jews only it spreads. So, in many ways, they are the first born. So God said, "You took my first-born and made him a slave, and then oppressed him, killed him - killed their children and did all kinds of atrocities. Now I am going to send an angel and angel of death, and there is going to be a death of all the first-borns in Egypt. But before that happens, God wanted to make sure this time thedemarcation - line of demarcation is very clearly laid out, that the angel of death will clearly know who is God's and who is not. How was the angel going to find out? So God says, "Take a lamb for every house; every father, the head of the house must take a lamb - and kill that lamb, catch that blood in a thing and take the blood and put it on the door post of their house, and sit inside the house under the protection of the blood. When the angel of the death comes at midnight, he will pass over that house where the blood is smeared on the door post. The blood then becomes as a sign; is used as a sign; to tell who is an Egyptian and who is an Israelite (the blood is used as a sign). Now this is an important teaching; the bible teaches so much about salvation through this event; the sign of the blood was to be placed on the door. The angel is not going to see whether that person is good or bad, not going to stop by and check out his character, check out his record, check out his face - no, he is not even to check out whether he is an Israelite or an Egyptian - no. If the door has blood, the angel will pass over you.That shows us something wonderful; that is, the Israelites are not better than Egyptians; they are just as much sinners as the Egyptians - the way the difference is made between the two is - that Israelite's house had the blood on the door, Egyptian's house did not have blood on the door. The revelation about the blood on the door was given only to the Israelites; they had the blood on the door. Amazing.

Think of us; we are not God's children today because we were born in a decent family and we have been pretty good people and lived morally upright and therefore God said, "Alright come in, you can be my child". No, we were just as much sinners as anyone else in the world - we are just as much unworthy as every one is the world. But God by His grace has given His son for us, and his blood has been shed and gracefully He has revealed to us, and we have confessed Him as Lord and Savior and taken that blood and sprinkled upon our hearts, cleansing our hearts and our conscious and made us whole. And that is why we are saved today; it is for no other reason. There is basically no other difference between us and others; other than the fact that blood is sprinkled upon us.

Now why does the blood and nothing else? Because of sin. Nothing else can be a sign; the blood has to be the sign; because Israelites are sinners just like the Egyptians - the only thing that protects them is the blood of the lamb, because God has ordained that sin must be remedied with the shedding of blood and that is why the blood is the sign. That is why Paul talks about the Passover lamb in that way, He says: "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" - He literally takes the Passover event and says our Passover happened when Jesus died on the cross. Just like for those people that it was a remarkable day (that day of Passover observance was a remarkable day) because that day they observed Passover, they sprinkled the blood on the door, sat aside, until the destruction/destroying angel came and destroyed the first born of every house and then they got out from thereand left and journeyed and were set free forever from the bondage of Egypt - that was a major event. No Israelite that has gone through that will ever forget. And Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us". Now for a Christian, the cross is a very major event - very major thing; if you are truly a Christian, if you are born again, if you know what salvation means and what the cross means, and what the shed blood means to you, you can never think of it in an ordinary way - it is the most extraordinary thing for a Christian. God says when I see the blood I will pass over you - that is how the word, "passover" came. Jesus in heaven today is known as, "The lamb of God". The lamb of God is a term that signifies what he did as the lamb on the Passover day. So the bible finds that as a very important thing to understand.

The Passover teaches us many things: The Passover teaches that the deliverance was brought about through the blood of Jesus - that's the great lesson that the Passover teaches. And I want to just mention that some of the things that Passover event shows. Just one by one let me mention and I want to emphasize a couple of things strongly here (a couple of things I want to spend some time on)...but I want to mention other things...and other things are most obvious, so I won't spend too much time on it.

First of all, the deliverance was brought about or planned by God Himself. It is not man's finding or discovery - the method of deliverance was not man's - it is not that man put together a committee to come up with a problem to solve the sin problem of man. This is not something that you can sit downin a lab and figure out, this is not something that you can sit down in a boardroom and come to a conclusion, about how to solve this human problem. We human beings are good at solving many problems, but this is a very special problem; Only God can plan the deliverance from sin and Satan; Egypt and the bondage of Egypt is a shadow of this bondage of people in sin and bondage of Satan; people are in bondage to Satan and bondage to sin and the Israelites being in slavery in Egypt under pharaoh oppressed under Pharaoh was a picture of that. And deliverance from that is a picture of how God delivers from sin and Satan. So it's a deliverance from sin and Satan - it's not a very ordinary thing.

Now you can go to university and study all kinds of subjects. Now there are some subjects that I never heard about in my day; some new subjects have come. Do you know of any university that offers a subject on sin? No university can teach on sin; I wonderevenif they believe in it. They won't teach a subject on sin, they won't teach a subject on redemption because this is something - a subject that is totally different; no university knows anything about it. They can solve all kinds of problems, they can come up with solutions, but not this one; because this is a problem that man does not even comprehend very well. What is the sin problem? The sin problem is a very deep-rooted problem; man is puzzled by it, even apostle Paul says, "That the thing I want to do I am not able to do". Here is an educated man; he is not lacking in education; he was born and raised in a well to do family; and raised well, religiously - he is not an outright sinner or was raised in that way; he was raised in a pretty decent family in a religious way; he studied under some of great religious teachers of his day, and had the highest of education from the best educational of institutions of his day; he is the most educated man and he says in Romans 7, he says, "There is something wrong inside of me, I don't understand this; who can deliver me from the wretched state?" (Exactly that is how he puts it) What did he find in himself? He finds the inability; he finds that he is enslaved by alien power, "Some other power is ruling over me". How does he know? Because the very thing that I want to do, he can't do, he says - you read chapter 7 of Romans, is the most interesting chapter; the thing that I want to do, I am not able to do. The thing that I don't want to do, I end up doing. And then he says about the law of God - the law of God is good, holy - nothing wrong with the law of God. I know it, I have studied it. But I am not able to do it; something has gone wrong with me. "Sin is in me", he says. "I have identified what the problem is - The problems is sin". He says, "Sin is in me.I am ruled by a power called the power of sin. Who can deliver me?" Finally he came to a conclusion about who the deliverer is and who the savior is: He says, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ", he says. It is through Jesus Christthat God delivers (that is what he is saying). Jesus Christ is the deliverer. So the most decent person, the most educated person (you know sometimes, not everybody does murder, and lies and steals and cheats - most people are decent people; some people are very educated, very refined and they behave nicely and so on. They don't do anything out-right wrong; they don't go out and do bad things; you will find many people like that in the world. They just don't go out and do wrong things) but the question here is not about whether you have done anything wrong - the question is what kind of a power do you feel is ruling over you? Even the best people who have not done anything wrong will tell you even though I have not done anything wrong: See people don't do anything wrong because there is a lot of restrictions - there is a lot of things that keeps them from doing wrong; from the time we go to school, there is what is called "Moral instruction class" - so they kind of bring us into line. They tell us don't cheat, don't lie, don't do this...so we hear this. In our households they keep telling us and so on - the type of moral instruction is given in every home, in all religious, in all ways of life and so on; this moral instruction is given. We are pretty good in that, so we know the decent living means you have to behave. And then there is police; so if you do wrong they will catch you. So you don't want to be caught. For some people there is police in the house itself; wife is there, husband is there and so on.

So there is a lot of reasons why people don't do wrong. They feel you know, that they will be ashamed if theydid wrong and if they were ever caught; so a lot of these things keep them pretty decent, you know they don't do wrong. That doesn't mean that they don't want to do wrong. That is where it is; that doesn't mean that there is nothing wrong in them. The fact that they have not done anything wrong doesn't mean they have no capacity to do wrong or they have no inclination to do wrong. In fact I would say to you; they have inclination and they have a drive to do wrong,which they find very hard to keep under check: they are having trouble to keep that thing down - this drive to do wrong, to do some kind of a sinful thing - they got to watch out, they got to very careful, they got to guard themselves; because this thing is driving them from the inside, sometimes they find that powerful overwhelming. Anybody that speaks the truth will try to tell you that.

You can contact the best God-men, you can contact guys who are very religious, meditating all the time and doing all these things all the time - they will tell you that is why they are meditation all the time, trying to get away from that evil thing; that thing is trying to get me/overcome me; this is a problem for me, that is why I am trying to get away from this world, get into the woods, get to where nobody is, no temptation is; I want to get away from all this temptations of this world because this thing is driving me from inside - thereis the power called sin; because this is such a mysterious power, a power that is not commonly understood by everybody, and people know nothing about this power; know very little about this power, they cannot find a solution to this power. Only God can find a solution to this power; because only God knows what kind of a power this is. That is why God plans salvation; that is why God only can plan salvation; man cannot plan his salvation. So, the Passover was all planned by God. Now they are only used to sacrifices, I said to you - from the days of coats of skin in the Garden of Eden, they were already used to sacrifice; sacrifice is not a new thing - they have shed blood, they understand if you sin, blood must be shed, sin results in loss of life, sin results in this kind of thing, then only remedy can come; all that they have understood. So in order to come and stand before God, Abel understood he has got to come with a sacrifice that God will accept. He would accept only in terms of the blood sacrifice, that is why he came with the blood sacrifice. That much they knew; that to come stand before God I must admit that I am a sinner; that I must give a substitute to die in my place which shows that I am standing before God and saying, "Lord I acknowledge I am a sinner. Let my sin be laid upon this animal, let it die. Please have mercy on me." That is what the meaning of what sacrifice is. But now the revelation is getting bigger - with the Passover the revelation is getting bigger. It is not people have to stand before God, people are under oppression of pharaoh - they are in slavery, they are in chains, they are slaves of Egypt, they are being oppressed, they are under the power of this terrible enemy. Now they have to be delivered; it's not an issue of whether they can stand before God or not, God already loves them. God has made a covenant with Abraham; He has come down, He is reaching out to them, to deliver them. It's not a matter of whether they can stand before God now, it is a matter of whether God can deliver them now; deliver them from this wretched enemy, this terrible enemy that has been oppressing them, keeping them under his thumb.

So they are learning something new about the blood I will say to you. They have understood the blood as something that qualifies them before God; that God accepts anyone that comes and says, "Yea I have sinned, I must die and I bring this substitute because I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Let my death be placed upon..." God understands that; that is the way they came. But now the Passover lamb is not just for that. The Passover lamb is about some further things; (something beyond that). The Passover lamb is about God delivering the people, protecting the people, not only from the judgement that came upon all Egypt, but protecting the people from the evil that pharaoh wants to do to these people. Now turn with me to Exodus chapter 11, when God gave this whole instruction about the Passover, He tells them (when you read Old Testament stories like this - because we are so far removed intime and space, and culture and so on, you need to imagine being in their position; suppose you were a slave, your father was a slave, your grandfather was a slave, last four generations you have been slaves; what a slave mentality will come in; just see what kind of mental condition you will be in - and if a man like Moses comes and says, "Come on lets get ready, be packed and get ready to go, we got to get out of this land". You know what I would say, if I was that slave, and my grand-daddy and my great-grand-daddy was a slave, and that is the only thing I have known, I would say, "Moses are you sure? Don't be playing with us. Already we are having too much work. The last time you went to him and told him that we want to go and worship our God for a few days, he increased our work". Pharaoh said, "You got time for vacation, I will give you more work". That is what happened last time. Don't spoilt our life, man. Get away from us because if we believed you, if you think we can just pack and leave this place, you are fooling us because pharaoh has got horses, chariots, army, everything; we are just shepherds, we got a few sheep, that's all we got - we are not warriors, we can't run- he is a mighty enemy, he is a super-power. He is pursue us, he will catch us, and he will bring us back. I am not coming with you, I won't come with you; because this guy is too much. We can't just walk away from him; that's what a normal slave would have said. So they had to be guaranteed a lot. They have to be a lot of guarantees, assurances and so on. What I am trying to point out is that the blood here is revealed as a very powerful thing that will not just help man to stand before God (that is another issue), the sinner to come and stand before God, it is something more; the blood is so powerful that it will effect the deliverance from the clutches and the chains of the enemy - from the power of the sin and from the power of Satan, and protect the child of God, and take him all the way to the end. That is the revelation of the blood thatis given here; that is why it is very special. Not just for my forgiveness of sins, not just from acceptance before God. But the blood will literally deliver me, snatch me away from the hand of Satan and take me every step of the way, and be with me every day and lead me and guide me; and help me to walk in victory and reach till the end.

The blood is so powerful that from that day that I am marked by the blood, nobody will be able to lay their hands on me; that I will walk under God's protection. I belong to God, I am a blood-bought one, and He guarantees that my journey will be safe. That is the thing that is guaranteed here. The revelation is significantly progressed here. The bible is a progressive revelation (you may have heard of that) it begins slowly and increases more and more. So revelation concerning the blood is given significantly here.

So lets us read Exodus 11:7. This is instructions given but guarantees are also given: because people cannot just pack up and leave. They need to be told, nothing to worry about. So Moses says this: (in verse 5 onwards) and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the hand mill, and all the firstborn of the animals." (From Pharaoh to the ordinary person. from the king to the pauper, beggar, everybody - the first-born must die). Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again (never heard like that before, never seen like that before, never will be seen or heard like that before again. Such cry will go forth throughout the land of Egypt) - then look at this:"But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue (how do you like that), against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." - These people are slaves all this time, and now the Lord is telling Moses, listen, "Not even a dog will move its tongue against any man or beast so that you may know that Israel is very special" - they are the blood-bought ones, they belong to God, God has come to claim them, than no tongue will rise up against them - not one person will have the boldness and the courage to stop you from moving out, packingout and leaving; not one person will lay their hands on you; in others words He is guaranteeing them, He says, "Never. Forget about the hands on you, they won't even use their tongue against you. That is the way I will deal with them." "The whole thing will change", He says. "The power of the blood of the lamb" - God guarantees them, He says, "Not even dog shall move its tongue against a man or beast; that you may know that the Lord does make a difference".

Everybody say, "The Lords does make a difference". Do you know you are so special - not because you are so good. Do not know that we are all so special in the sight of God - not because we are so good, we are so better than others; because we are blood-marked; because of His grace, because of the blood of Jesus, because of God's great love and God's great grace: We are special. That is why one singer sang it like this Andrae Crouch - sang it many years ago, like this: I don't know why Jesus loves me, I don't know why he cared, why so much love, why would God reach out to me, why would God consider me so special. I don't know why; Oh but I know that He did, that's all I know. I don't know why. Nothing special, I am just as much a sinner as anybody but all I know is that He loves me and He has marked me with His blood. He has been gracious to me. That is the way salvation is presented in the word of God. So God plans this salvation and one of the remarkable thing in this whole event is that consistently that God makes a difference between His people and otherson the basis of the blood - it started way back there when the blood of the lamb was shed, and the blood was applied on the door; that day became a token (the word "token" is used in the English language/ English bible) - in Chapter 12, "It shall be a token to you" He says - it shall be a sign (verse 13that we read in Chapter 12) - it's sign, it's a token, it's a symbol, it's an emblem to know that these are Israelites, not Egyptians. It started being used as an emblem and as a sign but did not last only that day. Thereafter they are known as the "Blood marked people" that no one could stand against them; that is the way they were.

So I say to you, if you believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior; if you believed that Jesus died for you, he shed his blood for you and you have confessed him as your Lord and Savior, and taken the faith in that blood and confessed it - it's like taking the blood and sprinklingin yourdoor-posts of your heart; if you have done it, I will tell you my friend you are under God's protection and care, and loving kindness; you live under that; all the days of your life. That day you begin that journey like that, but the work of the blood does not end with that day; that is what the Passover shows. That is why they were told to observe it. Last week we saw that they were told to observe it every year as an ordinance; they had to make a big celebration out of it; they had to teach it to their children; they had to do it, enact it all over it. Why? Because itis not to be forgotten, it is not just a past event - it is a present reality. They are the blood-bought people; they are under the blood. That's the reality.

So the first thing is God planned; God planned and schemed the deliverance. And the deliverance happened through the blood of Jesus. The second is: the deliverance is through substitution; the word substitution means that in our place someone else died (for us, someone else died). In Paul's epistles there are certain words that come repeated again and again. The word in Christ" and so on... "For us", "Through Christ" and so on: All of these words have tremendous meaning. Every time when he talks about "For us" he is talking about substitution - how Jesus died for us. Now Jesus became our substitute; we needed to die but in our place he died. On the day of Passover (the first Passover), there was death in the every house in Egypt, including the Israelite houses. Some people say, "No,there was death in Egyptian houses, but not in Israelite houses". No, think about it. In every house there was death - in Israelite house and in Egyptian house; the difference is in the Israelite house, the Israelite did not die - a substitute died for him; that is the glory of the whole thing. Instead of the Israelite dying, God provided a substitute. When Abraham took his son Isaac to offer on the altar upon the Mt. Moriah, God meets him there and stops him from killing the son, and says, "No, no Abraham there is a substitute. I have got a substitute ready. I wanted to show you that I had got a substitute in mind; lamb slain before the salvation of the world, my son Jesus Christ is going to become a substitute; I wanted to teach you that. In the same mountain, my son will be offered as a sacrifice one day. There is a substitute, don't kill your son; I gave you a son at 100 years of age; I gave your son - in your son rests all the promises, he has got a great future. But my son will die in your son's place and in the place of everyone. There is a substitute. The idea of substitutionary sacrifice. That is why that place was named "Jehovah Jireh" - which means "God will see to it"that means God will make sure that there is a substitute. God saw to it that there was some sacrifice that can be prepared for us so that we don't die; so that we don't get destroyed; so that we don't end in hell; so that we don't get punished eternally; so that we can escape. On the day of Judgement, God found a substitute and that substitute is Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, the deliverance is by means of the sprinkling of the blood; not only did the animal die the blood of sprinkled, showing that it was not enough that Jesus died on the cross. Jesus died on the cross for everybody but so many did not sprinkle the blood upon their hearts; so many did not take that blood and apply it to themselves. It doesn't happen automatically. The bible teaches it wonderfully through the Passover. The sprinkling of the blood is an important thing; the most important thing in that is the sprinkling of the blood. If you did everything, if you cut the lamb and shed the blood, and everything and made the unleavened bread and were ready to eat and you were packed and ready to go, but didn't sprinkle the door. Finished! You won't be travelling that day. There is nowhere to go; you will be dead person. The sprinkling is the most important thing. Last week I told a story of an old man; who was the firstborn, and he had a firstborn son living with his first born son; and that son had a firstborn son - three people would die in that house, normally. I showed you how if I was that old man, how carefully I would be (not a joke) I would be busy going looking for that lamb without blemish. I would make sure I get the right one; I would make sure the lamb's blood is shed properly, and I will make sure these boys applied it properly. I won't be sitting reading my paper, and saying, "Son make sure youjust put some on the door". No, no, I will get up myself in my old age. I will make sure for myself, for his sake, for his son's, sake, for my descendants sake. I would get up - ten timesand look at the door, and say, "Alright everything is fine. Have you done it? Is it done properly?" "Hello, are you sure you have done it for yourself? Have you checked your household to see that everybody is under the blood?" "Have you led them to Christ? Have you told them about this God's plan about salvation? As a man of the house, you are to make sure that you bring them in, you shut the door; you make sure that the blood is on the door. You make sure that Christ is the Lord of your house. So the deliverance is by the sprinkling of the blood."

Also,the deliverance is through faith and obedience. Faith is obedience; the obedience of faith is very important. They have never done that; this is novelty; they have shed blood and they have sacrificed animals - but they have never done it this way; they have never smeared anything on the door; they didn't have to go through all these things. And they didn't have to go through these things to deliver them from the hand of mighty man like pharaoh. They just come to God before and sacrifice some animal and shed the blood to indicate that they are sinners,and they have got a substitute; but this is something new. This they are doing so that this can be a source of their deliverance. They have never done this ever before. And this is a very hard thing because to be deliverance from the hands of pharaoh by just the blood; by the shedding of blood. Not only delivered from the angel of death; but it was a two-edge deliverance: the angel of death will pass over you, but then Egyptians will not be able to touch you also. You have packed and ready to go and "No dog will ever wag its tongue against you", God says. So this is something new and noveland they still did it, and by faith they did it. Next thing is, it brought immediate deliverance. Why immediate deliverance is possible - see you don't have to wait, you don't have to do some religious thing here and there; you don't have to fast for 10 days and pray, and do this and do that, and all that. I remember I went not a youth meeting many years agowhen I was a youth (that was long time ago). We went up this mountain and travelled there and went there...boy, they just preached and preached; they wanted to make sure everybody was saved and so on. So I try to get saved so many times. I just didn't know head or tail about being saved. I wanted to get saved somehow. So every time they preached it looked like I wasn't saved. So I would raise my hands and just go and stand there. I went and stood there, but the man said: "You know this is not very easy. Next three days, you fast and pray". Now I was a young man I didn't even fast one time; just fastingjust one meal was a difficult thing, to tell you the truth. I remember on Good Friday they used to have kanji and thogaiyal in my house and I would go and eat in some restaurant most likely. I was just a typical young man - I just didn't remember anything about fasting. But here I went to the meeting and they said, "You go fast and pray for three days and God will show you all of your sins. And then you get the list from God; He will show you like on a T.V screen." Those days we didn't even have a T.V. We only had seen it in movies and stuff; these Americans and others having T.V- God will show it on a T.V screen like thing: And then you will find out all your sins. They you confess all your sins; and then you feel the remorse and you cry and in three days you pray. After that you come and then we will see. Nothing like that here. Once the blood was shed and it was sprinkled on the doorpost. He told them to go and sit there and eat, in fact. (Read chapter 12) He said, "Eat the unleavened bread" as a symbol of how your new life has begun. Leaven has to do with the old; when you take the old dough and add it with the new, the whole thing becomes leavened, right; so unleavened bread means fresh; freshly made. So God says, "Go and don't even eat any leavened bread; unleavened bread only". Why? Because you are freshly made, you are going to have a new life - no more a slave anymore, you are no more under bondage, you don't have to fear pharaoh; you are a child of God, you are under God's protection, you are under His care. This is a new life; that month was to be the first month of their year - the Passover, marks the first month of the year. That's when the year begins. Have you seen some people would say I am 10 years but they are 50 years old. Then they would say I was born again 10 years ago - they only take that into account. That is a good idea, because that it already my ageby a significant many years. But that's when you really started living, because that is the first day for your real living and real life of being born again. God said to them, that will be the first month of your year; your religious calendar (mark it); this is the first month; this is when it starts; the Passover marks the beginning - eat the unleavened bread because you're freshly made; old things are gone, slavery is gone, fear is gone, lowliness is gone, terror is gone; you are into a new life. So that is the sixth thing. The blood is the beginning of a new life.If you read Exodus 20:14-20 it talks about the feast of the unleavened bread, they need to eat the unleavened bread on the Passover day and then for seven days they celebrated it as a feast of every year later on. It is so closely connected with the Feast of the Passover. Why? Because it marks the fresh new life that you begin. So the blood marks the beginning of a new life.

The seventh thing is this: the blood gives assurance of the love and guidance, and the continuing protection of God throughout their lives. This is a very important aspect. The blood not only saves them on that day when they got out of Egypt, not only just delivered them. See many people interpret it only in that way; they were just delivered by the blood of the lamb on that day, that's it - no more. No! The blood gave them the assurance that all is well, that God will continue to love and guide and protect them throughout their journey, because their dangers did not end in Egypt. They were in danger there; pharaoh wanted them there, he wanted them to continue as slaves there; God delivered them by the power of the blood. But the danger did not end there; when they came out as a whole nation - lakhs and lakhs of people, I hear it's 3 million people coming down the road and then in front of them is a sea, behind them is pharaoh pursuing; he changed his mind again. After all that happened to him, he changed his mind again, he wanted to pursue and bring them back; because he is losing some cheap labour. So he is pursuing them - soin the front there is sea, if you go forward you die in the sea, if you turn back you diein the hands of pharaoh. Moses cries out to God and said: "What shall I do?" God says, "Stretch forth your hand and split the sea into two so that the people can walk over". Didn't God say, "The Lord God will show that there is a different between you and the Egyptians?" That is not over with Egypt and the event of the Passover. That is not just for the Passover event; He said, "I will show that there is a difference between you and the Egyptians - I will draw a line, you are special. No dog will wag its tongue against you", He said. But that is not just a guarantee for that event, thatday of Passover. It is a guarantee that continues to be in effect; so God said, "Stretch forth your hands". And he stretchedforth his hands, and the sea split into two and the people just walked over (amazing); people just walked over to the other side and when pharaoh's army tried to walk over by thesame way, it closed up. Why? Because there is a difference. What is the difference? They are blood-marked. They were marked way back in the Egypt (blood-marked); that is not just for one day, the protection continues. The guaranteed continues, the mark of the blood is on them. It was on the door, but it is on them right now. God says, "These are the people that came under the blood. I am going to be with them, I am going to take them. I am going to protect them.

Then they come into the wilderness, and here they need food; no market to buy anything, nowhere to eat, with 3 million people where would you go and buy. I can imagine what kind problem will be there. I took 50 students one time, and went to some villages to do some work. And took all 50 of them to have lunch in one place. And the person said, "No sir, with these many people we don't have food. This is a small village". He has never seen 50 people come to the restaurant at the same time. No!Maybe 15 people, 20 people alright, but 50 people you have to wait for couple of hours before we can get ready. Just imagine Moses going with 30 lakhs people (3 million people, nowhere to buy food and nothing there). And God says, Don't worry. I am here to provide for them. I am going to provide manna from heaven. They wanted water, He provided water out of the rock; because the blood that was shed and marked them on that day, marked them forever; they are blood-bought ones. The guarantee that the blood would protect, was not just for that one day, it is a mark forever. That is why they were to hold that forever as a celebration and teach their children the significance for this, because is just a mark for one day, it is a mark forever upon them.

Then there were enemies in the wilderness also. Some of the nations around them started hearing about this people marching and they heard about the Red Sea splitting and God doing all these wonderful things - bringing manna from heaven, water from the rock and all that - they got scared; you know these fellows will come and drive us out; they are a danger to us. This new nation is marching and coming. So one fellow went and got a literally witchcraft fellow like to curse them; he paid money. And he said, "Come, I want you to curse people". And he took him to a mountain, and that fellow stood on top of the mountain; and he was all ready to curse - because the money is big; the king is paying him. And he stood there and he looked at the people of Israel camped in the wilderness. And he wanted to curse, and the words are not coming. When he opened his mouth, the words to curse were not coming. Why? Because of the power of the blood. The blood that was shed and marked them on that day: God said, "No dog will even wag its tongue". Sadly, this is the guy God meant I think. He didn't mean a dog (dogs are very kind). He meant this dog here. "No dog will ever wag its tongue" - and this dog tried, he couldn't. And second time, the fellow said, "Let's offer more sacrifices". Let's do this and let's go to the other side - from there you will have a better view. So he took him to the other side of the mountain; from there he looked, there also he is not able to curse. Third time he took him somewhere; and from there he looked.

One great bible scholar says that people were camped according to God's instruction: the 12 camps camped in this way, (4 to the north, 4 to the south, 4 to the east and 4 to the west). But God specified which tribe on which side, and the numbers differed; some tribe was bigger than the other, and so on. So these guys that do research and all; they figure out you know - theywould draw a picture and try to fit on all the people, you know how many lakhs of people in each tribe - and they fit it, try to get a picture of how it looked like. And this guy says, if you look from the mountain top down in the wilderness where the people are camped all over the place, according to God's specified way, 4 tribes on each direction; all you will see is a big cross it seems. From there only that fellow says, He literally opens his mouth, and only a prophecy about the cross is coming. I don't have time to read it; you go and read Balam's prophecy. He says, "O my God, I am seeing a different picture now". From whatever the direction he looks that is what he can see - only the cross; so he could not curse. So I say to you, that God has provided the blood as a mark upon them on that day; but it is a mark forever to protect them and to be with them and to guide them and to show His continued love for them.

Finally, the blood is the pledge that just like God delivered them from Egypt he will also bring them into the Promised Land; a land where they will come to all the blessings of God and live the fullness of God's blessing. God wants each and every one of you to come into the Promised Land. What is the Promised Land? Life in Christ - all the blessings that are in Christ. God wants you to come into the Promised Land, possess everything that He has promised. How? Remember that you will not be a good possessor of everything in the Promised Land if you forget the blood. It is through the blood that you started the journey, it is the blood that will take you in. Remember Jericho and Rahab - that woman that lived on the wall of Jericho - when the wall fell, she had already received a guarantee from the Jewish spies. She told them, "You save me and my family - when you guys come and you will destroy everything, you will win. But save my family, save my assets". So she is sitting on the wall (her house is on the wall), and she asked a guarantee: what guarantee will you give me? Give me a token that you will save me when you come. You will destroy everybody. Will you save me? Give me a token. The guys talked about it. Well, what token to give. And they could only remembered the blood. And they don't have time to shed the blood and put the blood and all that; And they said, "Take that ribbon/thread over there. Let's tie it on the window, so that when we see that we will not touch this house. They came in - they did not knock the wall down; they just went around seven times on the seventh day and shouted when God told them to shout, and the wall fell. Like I said, archaeologists say that the wall fell but one little part stood, and that could very well be Rahab's house, they say; amazingly that house was protected. That is how they entered into the Promised Land. So entering into the Promised Land, possessing the blessings of God; living in God's blessings is all by the blood of Jesus. So the blood is Jesus is not just for your forgiveness of sin, it is for your whole Christian life.

And one thing about being born as a Pentecostal and raised as a Pentecostal - one advantage is this: we knew about the blood of Jesus very well. I have seen it work so many times in some many ways ,frommany dangers we were saved and many good things we have experienced; I remember one time I picked up my grandmother, who had something in her hip. I went to pick her up because she was terribly sick and put her in the car, and I looked at her sides, it's like somebody cut her with a knife, 4 or 5 times; it was like sliced opened completely. I have never seen anything like that. I said let me stop at a doctor's place. She doesn't believed in doctors. Old Pentecostal; so she doesn't go to doctors - no medicines, nothing. I said, "Let me stop at the doctor's place. You don't have to step in, I will call the doctor. He will come look, and tell me whether you will live or die". My father was not in town. So I stopped there and she said, "Get behind me Satan. No doctor". So I drove her home. What to do. I don't what kind of sickness this was and so on. She came home, sat in the car, and she said, "Bring me the coconut oil". She said, "There is victory in the blood of Jesus". And she would apply that. And I thought: she would say it again, and again, and again. As a young man I thought, "My God, you need to go to the doctor. Come on". She said that for five days; she kept all day doing that. Five, six days, everything dried up; everything is well. Everything is ok. The next week, everything is completely gone. She was fine. Till this day we don't know what it was. But she lived 7/8 years after that. So that is one of the good things about being a Pentecostal. There are many good things. One fellow told me when I was young; he said, "Always when you hear a teaching, eat the meat and spit out the bones". A lot of bones also there; for example; my grandmother will not use a mirror, will not use a comb and all that stuff. You can't use any perfume - all that is bones. I spit it out, long time ago. I use all that. But there is some meat - there is meat. I never spit out the meat; I like the meat. And the meat is these kind of things; the blood of Jesus is one of the most valuable truths I have learned coming from that background and the power of the blood of Jesus is so wonderfully taught in those circles. And I have seen so many victories by simply opening my mouth and confessing the power of the blood of Jesus in my situations, in dangerous times, in times of trouble and distress.

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Please turn with me to 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7 and also Exodus Chapter 12 and verse 13. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7 "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." Exodus 12:13"Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. 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.

We began a series three weeks ago (this is the 4th week), studying about the "Power of the blood of Jesus". And the last week I started talking about the Passover, which is a major event, really it's as important in the New Testament as the life of Christ, and death and resurrection Christ, as important as that is to the New Testament, to the Old Testament this event of the Passover event is - so it is a major event; major event in the sense that there is a lot of revelation concerning salvation given there in the Passover event. Now those who have been born raised like me in the Christian home and gone to church and had a lot of preaching, must have heard a lot about thesethings and are familiar with the Passover event, but am sure there are those that are new to do this, new to Christ, new to the whole bible; and the Old Testament passages may appear like very old to some people here. So I want to explain certain things very basically, before I really get into it - for the second time I want to deal with the Passover today; because there are so many things that it reveals about God's wonderful plan of salvation. So let me explain certain things basically to you:

Now God came down to deliver the people of Israel after 400 years of them being in bondage in the land of Egypt. You know how they came to Egypt; they came as children of Jacob - in Jacob's time, Joseph came ahead of them, and became the great leader of Egypt who saved the whole land from a famine and rose to the position of something like a prime minister in those days, in this foreign land. God exalted him and elevated him to that position. And Joseph was greatly honored by the pharaoh of that time, his father and his brothers came as a whole family (70 of them), came and settled in Egypt at that time; they were very comfortable - they were given one of the best areas of the land to occupy and to work, and they prospered very much. Thebible says in the 1st chapter of Exodus, that they became great in number - number is strength in those days; so they became great in number, increased as a family and their wealth increased. Everything they put their hands to do succeeded. And after Joseph's time the trouble started; the people became jealous - looking at their prosperity, looking at their success, and looking at increase in numbers, they wanted to curtail everything - they wanted to make sure that these foreigners do not really overtake them; so they were really oppressed in that nation. Things reached a point where they become slaves and became poor; became very troubled and distressed. And in their great distress, they cried out to God, and God came to deliver them.Now God came to deliver them because they were already in a covenant - if you remember God made a covenant with Abraham, and God even prophetically spoke about their journey to Egypt; and the fact that they were will spend 400 years there was already known to God, and God revealed it to Abraham in Abraham'sdays. And I want to read that passage - because some of you may not be familiar with that. Please turn with me in Genesis chapter 15 - in chapter 15 begins with Abraham going to God, and literally appealing to God saying that he doesn't have a child; he has everything (he has wealth, he has status in society, but does not have a child. He is worried that his servant's children will become heirs to all the wealth that he has. So he tells Godin so many words - i.e. servant's children are going to inherit all his wealth. But Godtells him:"No, someone who is born to you will be your heir. You will have a child - thischild will be born through you, and only that person will inherit everything". And so God says, "Look at the stars of the sky. Can you count them, number them?" And God says, "I will make your seed like the stars of heaven" - That is a wonderful amazing promise. But then on top of that, God promises him a land. In verse 7 (Chapter 15:7) ...the first 6 verses, the promise of a child, descendants, like the stars in heaven, then in 7th verse He says, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it. And he said, "Lord God how shall I know that I will inherit it". Now what guarantee is there that I will get a land? This is too much of a promise - a whole land is going to be given. How shall I know? He said, "How shall I know that I will inherit it? Verse 9, So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." - Now they are already used to sacrifices; even you remember, the coats of skin incidence in the Garden of Eden taught them for the first time about sacrifice; that shame and fear that came as a result of sin can be covered properly not through fig leaves which were man-made clothes, but God made clothes, which is coats of skin. But the coats of skin came as a result of killing of an animal - killing of probably a lamb, and taking the skin out of a lamb.

God clothed Adam and Eve and taught them a lesson that sin can be properly remedied only through His way. Not through their way; all human religions of this world are the fig leaves type of attempt to cover the problem of sin and to find a remedy for the problem that sin has brought in their lives. But only God can come up with the solution - a proper solution. It was taught to them, and thereafter they started bringing sacrifices; understanding that when you come to God; normally you had to hide - and being you know, fear of God (that is why Adam went and hid), but then after this coat of skin incidence they learned that God clothes us in His way and we can come stand before God only as a result of giving of a life and shedding of a blood. Only in that way we can be worthy to stand before God; because the soul that sins shall die, and the wages of sin is death - they recognized what sacrifices meant. Thereafter they started sacrifices: Abel sacrificed, Noah sacrificed; all of these people sacrificed and you read about that. So, by the time they come to Abraham - now here God is introducing Abraham to the idea of sacrifices. So, God tells him to bring these animals and birds and so on; and then he brought all these things to Him, and cut them into two - down to the middle; and placed each pieceopposite the other, but he didn't cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abraham drove them away. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abraham - and behold horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to him (God is now speaking to Abraham. Listen to this, amazing), "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs. And will serve them, and they will afflict them 400 years." God is literally prophesying to him, telling him four generations before these things happen, God told him exactly how many years they will be there. And what will happen; that they will serve them, that means they will be slaves there and so on. And also the nation whom they will serve, I will judge. He also talks about the deliverance of the people of Israel from Egypt. "I will judge them" (that is what it means; that is deliverance). After which they shall come out with great possessions - in other words they shall be poor, and they will trampled upon, they will become slaves; but when they come out, they will come out with great possessions because God will deliver them out, bless them and bring them out. And then listen to this; verse 15: "Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete." - They will come to the land of Canaan and occupy it - by the time they come the Canaanites will be ready to be driven out - because they also are very wicked people and the fact that they were driven out, it is not that some injustice that God did to them - they deserve to be driven out because they were just a horrible bunch, waiting for their iniquity to fill up so that God can judge them. Now listen to this, "And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between these pieces. On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying: To your descendants I have given this land and so on." - So now God made a blood covenant with Abraham - now blood covenant in those days is much better than a writing in a stamp paper and signing (its more honorable than that). Nobody violated a blood covenant (I have taught about blood covenant here) It's the highest way of making an agreement.

God of heaven came down and makes a covenant with man, the covenant essentially means that the two people making the covenant will look at each other and say: "Everything that have is yours. If you need it you can have it" Both of them would say that. That means, "If you need anything you approach me. You or your descendants".Anybody who needs anything he can come to me, I will give that. I would even give my life for you if needed: because we are covenant partners. Now just imagine what a great dealAbraham got - Abraham got very little to give to God, God got everything to give to Abraham. And this is a wonderful deal. God says, "You need anything Abraham, just call upon me, and I will be there. I will be your help; I will help you - That is the blood covenant. Now when the people of Israel just as it was prophesized ended up in trouble in the land of Egypt and spent 400 years in slavery; they cried out to God and God says, in so many words, (if you read 3rd Chapter of Exodus), God remembered the covenant thatHe made with Abraham, and He comes to Moses and introduces Himself to Moses saying, "I am the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" - that means, "Hey I am coming to you on the basis of the covenant" - the blood covenant I have made. I am going to be there in the time of your trouble - I have come here because of that", He says. So God shows up in the right time but God has always been working behind the scenes: He is the one that caused pharaoh's daughter to come and pick up Moses as a little child by that river. The order of the king was that children must be killed if there were found - if the child is found to be a male child, the midwives were told to quietly kill the child. Such was the oppression; during those times, somehow Moses mother gave birth to this child, and hid the child in the river and pharaohs' daughter comes and finds and likes the child, picks the child - all happened in a divinely ordained manner. And the mother herself ends up being the person to take care of Moses in the palace. So the mother is raising him, but raising him in palace at pharaoh's expense so that he can throw pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. Nowyouthink of God how He is a wonderful God who orchestrates and works things out so perfectly. God is making pharaoh pay for the boy that is going to fight against him, and throws his wholearmy in the Red Sea. He is feeding him, sending him to college, educating him and he is being raised as a king's child in the palace. So don't ever think that God is not at work; when you don't feel, it doesn't mean that God is not there. God is always there - God is working behind the scene.

So, wonderfully God worked everything out and now He comes to Moses and appears to him at the burning bush and tells him go to pharaoh and tell him, "Let my people go". And Moses goes and tells him, and pharaoh says, "No, nothing doing". You guys got enough time to go on a vacation - you want to go on a vacation to worshipyour God, so I am going to arrange for more work to be given. You are slaves - you don't have any vacation. Work more. So he put them to work and gave them more trouble. So God started sending some plagues because he hardened his heart. The plagues started softly; they were not so harsh - as he hardened the heart and as he became very hard hearted, the more the intensity increased in the plague (if you noticed)... it increases in intensity. But one thing very clear about these plagues; the first nine plagues were sent and still pharaoh hardened his heart (kept hardening his heart)more and more and finally the 10th plague is going to be the most severe one (intensity is going to peak out now - the most severe one). Now in all these plagues there was one remarkable thing; and that is, the plague affected the life of the Egyptians only, but not the life of the Israelites. Now God literally drew a line, made a difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites. This is a wonderful theme in the bible I hope I can go into it even more in the days to come. God made a difference between His people and the Egyptians (the oppressors) and He shows how special His people are. What makes them so special - is the covenant (the blood covenant) that God had made with Abraham - the blood is what makes them so special. God remembers that blood - by blood He sworn that He will take care of them. So they are very special; for instance in one of the plagues, Egypt was covered with darkness - darkness likes you have never seen; you can't see your own hand in front of your face, you cannot see the other person.

For three days they spent their lives in their homes, not be able to look at one another - total darkness. But you know in the Israelites house, there was light. Simply all power was cut of power in all Egyptians house and all Israelites had light in their house (just imagine). God did it with a purpose so that they would see that these people are God's people. God drew a line, said, "No, the plague is not going to touch them, not going to affect them. It is going to affect only the Egyptians." This is the way all the plagues went. Now the final and the tenth plague isgoing to be even more remarkable; God is really going to draw a line. And the plague is going to be this kind of plague; that is, first born of all Egypt is going to die. Now you may say, "What a horrible thing. First born dying; first born every male and then first born of all the animals, they are going to die. What a horrible thing; why would God doing something like that?" Well God says, "Israel is my first born". Now you took my first born and made him slave and oppressed himall this years - 430 years. See whenever God does something, there is a tremendous justice in it; there is long-suffering in it. There is patience in it - God is never unjust. When God does something, especially when it looks so horrible, you better look and find out why He did. It's unbearable what these people did, It's unbearable; Joseph saved the whole land of Egypt - is this the way to repay him, and his brothers and their children? Is this the way to pay a man back for saving the land from seven years of famine, and raising the land to be one of the most prosperous super-powers in the world? Is this the pay-back? They did injustice and now is the time to payback. You know there is a God who does justly; God is a righteous judge. And people think that whatever we to do today, there will be no judgement - everything will be fine. No, in the end there is going to be judgement for your information. The bible says in the end there is going to be judgement. And even for Christians, the bible says thateveryone will be receive according to what they have done, that means even our rewards will be given according to what we have done in this life. And for those who have not received Jesus, there is going to be judgement. The bible very clearly talks about it. So people live as if there is no judgement, there is no accountability; nobody is going to come and ask us anything and so on. But the bible gives a different picture - the bible says that our maker, our God holds us accountable, we are uncountable to Him; He gave us this earth; He gave us the breath of life; He gave us the resources; He gave us a brain; He gave us abilities, talents, gifts, and if we never paid any attention to that and lived according to our own agenda and did whatever we wanted. You never brought anything (Paul says), "You never brought anything in this world, what is there to boast", he says. You and I never brought anything in this world. Everything that we havecomes from God. Therefore I need to live for the purpose for which God gave me all the gifts and abilities that He has given me - and you need to do the same thing. So we are accountable to God, we need to discover God first; come in contact with God first, give our lives to God first, and ask Him what we need to do - let Him guide us and lead us into His plan and purpose, and live for His purpose, then we can stand before Him.

So here is the judgement of God going to happen. It sounds horrible but it is: God says, "Israel is my first born". God says in Jeremiah, "I am a father to Israel" - what a God He is."I am a father to Israel and Israel is my first-born", He says. In many ways, Israel is first-born - in what way? Do them, first God reveal Himself to them. God chose Abraham and revealed (more than to any man) God revealed Himself to Abraham. Abrahamic blessing, arevelationof who God is -and what kind of relationship God wants to have with man. God revealed Himself to Abraham in such away. You know it is so important to understand that; that Israelites are in many way a first-born - 10 commandments were given to them. No other nation received any commandment from God; 10 Commandments were given to them - through that a revelation was given to them. TheyknewGodbetter than any other nation in this earth. That is why when Jesus came, He came to the Jews. He was born as a Jew, among the Jew; lived among them, ministered among them - He said, "He came to the house of Israel", ministered among them - "Salvation is ofthe Jews", they said. From there only it spreads to the Gentiles and others. You first preach in Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, then to the uttermost parts of the world - from the Jews only it spreads. So, in many ways, they are the first born. So God said, "You took my first-born and made him a slave, and then oppressed him, killed him - killed their children and did all kinds of atrocities. Now I am going to send an angel and angel of death, and there is going to be a death of all the first-borns in Egypt. But before that happens, God wanted to make sure this time thedemarcation - line of demarcation is very clearly laid out, that the angel of death will clearly know who is God's and who is not. How was the angel going to find out? So God says, "Take a lamb for every house; every father, the head of the house must take a lamb - and kill that lamb, catch that blood in a thing and take the blood and put it on the door post of their house, and sit inside the house under the protection of the blood. When the angel of the death comes at midnight, he will pass over that house where the blood is smeared on the door post. The blood then becomes as a sign; is used as a sign; to tell who is an Egyptian and who is an Israelite (the blood is used as a sign). Now this is an important teaching; the bible teaches so much about salvation through this event; the sign of the blood was to be placed on the door. The angel is not going to see whether that person is good or bad, not going to stop by and check out his character, check out his record, check out his face - no, he is not even to check out whether he is an Israelite or an Egyptian - no. If the door has blood, the angel will pass over you.That shows us something wonderful; that is, the Israelites are not better than Egyptians; they are just as much sinners as the Egyptians - the way the difference is made between the two is - that Israelite's house had the blood on the door, Egyptian's house did not have blood on the door. The revelation about the blood on the door was given only to the Israelites; they had the blood on the door. Amazing.

Think of us; we are not God's children today because we were born in a decent family and we have been pretty good people and lived morally upright and therefore God said, "Alright come in, you can be my child". No, we were just as much sinners as anyone else in the world - we are just as much unworthy as every one is the world. But God by His grace has given His son for us, and his blood has been shed and gracefully He has revealed to us, and we have confessed Him as Lord and Savior and taken that blood and sprinkled upon our hearts, cleansing our hearts and our conscious and made us whole. And that is why we are saved today; it is for no other reason. There is basically no other difference between us and others; other than the fact that blood is sprinkled upon us.

Now why does the blood and nothing else? Because of sin. Nothing else can be a sign; the blood has to be the sign; because Israelites are sinners just like the Egyptians - the only thing that protects them is the blood of the lamb, because God has ordained that sin must be remedied with the shedding of blood and that is why the blood is the sign. That is why Paul talks about the Passover lamb in that way, He says: "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" - He literally takes the Passover event and says our Passover happened when Jesus died on the cross. Just like for those people that it was a remarkable day (that day of Passover observance was a remarkable day) because that day they observed Passover, they sprinkled the blood on the door, sat aside, until the destruction/destroying angel came and destroyed the first born of every house and then they got out from thereand left and journeyed and were set free forever from the bondage of Egypt - that was a major event. No Israelite that has gone through that will ever forget. And Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us". Now for a Christian, the cross is a very major event - very major thing; if you are truly a Christian, if you are born again, if you know what salvation means and what the cross means, and what the shed blood means to you, you can never think of it in an ordinary way - it is the most extraordinary thing for a Christian. God says when I see the blood I will pass over you - that is how the word, "passover" came. Jesus in heaven today is known as, "The lamb of God". The lamb of God is a term that signifies what he did as the lamb on the Passover day. So the bible finds that as a very important thing to understand.

The Passover teaches us many things: The Passover teaches that the deliverance was brought about through the blood of Jesus - that's the great lesson that the Passover teaches. And I want to just mention that some of the things that Passover event shows. Just one by one let me mention and I want to emphasize a couple of things strongly here (a couple of things I want to spend some time on)...but I want to mention other things...and other things are most obvious, so I won't spend too much time on it.

First of all, the deliverance was brought about or planned by God Himself. It is not man's finding or discovery - the method of deliverance was not man's - it is not that man put together a committee to come up with a problem to solve the sin problem of man. This is not something that you can sit downin a lab and figure out, this is not something that you can sit down in a boardroom and come to a conclusion, about how to solve this human problem. We human beings are good at solving many problems, but this is a very special problem; Only God can plan the deliverance from sin and Satan; Egypt and the bondage of Egypt is a shadow of this bondage of people in sin and bondage of Satan; people are in bondage to Satan and bondage to sin and the Israelites being in slavery in Egypt under pharaoh oppressed under Pharaoh was a picture of that. And deliverance from that is a picture of how God delivers from sin and Satan. So it's a deliverance from sin and Satan - it's not a very ordinary thing.

Now you can go to university and study all kinds of subjects. Now there are some subjects that I never heard about in my day; some new subjects have come. Do you know of any university that offers a subject on sin? No university can teach on sin; I wonderevenif they believe in it. They won't teach a subject on sin, they won't teach a subject on redemption because this is something - a subject that is totally different; no university knows anything about it. They can solve all kinds of problems, they can come up with solutions, but not this one; because this is a problem that man does not even comprehend very well. What is the sin problem? The sin problem is a very deep-rooted problem; man is puzzled by it, even apostle Paul says, "That the thing I want to do I am not able to do". Here is an educated man; he is not lacking in education; he was born and raised in a well to do family; and raised well, religiously - he is not an outright sinner or was raised in that way; he was raised in a pretty decent family in a religious way; he studied under some of great religious teachers of his day, and had the highest of education from the best educational of institutions of his day; he is the most educated man and he says in Romans 7, he says, "There is something wrong inside of me, I don't understand this; who can deliver me from the wretched state?" (Exactly that is how he puts it) What did he find in himself? He finds the inability; he finds that he is enslaved by alien power, "Some other power is ruling over me". How does he know? Because the very thing that I want to do, he can't do, he says - you read chapter 7 of Romans, is the most interesting chapter; the thing that I want to do, I am not able to do. The thing that I don't want to do, I end up doing. And then he says about the law of God - the law of God is good, holy - nothing wrong with the law of God. I know it, I have studied it. But I am not able to do it; something has gone wrong with me. "Sin is in me", he says. "I have identified what the problem is - The problems is sin". He says, "Sin is in me.I am ruled by a power called the power of sin. Who can deliver me?" Finally he came to a conclusion about who the deliverer is and who the savior is: He says, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ", he says. It is through Jesus Christthat God delivers (that is what he is saying). Jesus Christ is the deliverer. So the most decent person, the most educated person (you know sometimes, not everybody does murder, and lies and steals and cheats - most people are decent people; some people are very educated, very refined and they behave nicely and so on. They don't do anything out-right wrong; they don't go out and do bad things; you will find many people like that in the world. They just don't go out and do wrong things) but the question here is not about whether you have done anything wrong - the question is what kind of a power do you feel is ruling over you? Even the best people who have not done anything wrong will tell you even though I have not done anything wrong: See people don't do anything wrong because there is a lot of restrictions - there is a lot of things that keeps them from doing wrong; from the time we go to school, there is what is called "Moral instruction class" - so they kind of bring us into line. They tell us don't cheat, don't lie, don't do this...so we hear this. In our households they keep telling us and so on - the type of moral instruction is given in every home, in all religious, in all ways of life and so on; this moral instruction is given. We are pretty good in that, so we know the decent living means you have to behave. And then there is police; so if you do wrong they will catch you. So you don't want to be caught. For some people there is police in the house itself; wife is there, husband is there and so on.

So there is a lot of reasons why people don't do wrong. They feel you know, that they will be ashamed if theydid wrong and if they were ever caught; so a lot of these things keep them pretty decent, you know they don't do wrong. That doesn't mean that they don't want to do wrong. That is where it is; that doesn't mean that there is nothing wrong in them. The fact that they have not done anything wrong doesn't mean they have no capacity to do wrong or they have no inclination to do wrong. In fact I would say to you; they have inclination and they have a drive to do wrong,which they find very hard to keep under check: they are having trouble to keep that thing down - this drive to do wrong, to do some kind of a sinful thing - they got to watch out, they got to very careful, they got to guard themselves; because this thing is driving them from the inside, sometimes they find that powerful overwhelming. Anybody that speaks the truth will try to tell you that.

You can contact the best God-men, you can contact guys who are very religious, meditating all the time and doing all these things all the time - they will tell you that is why they are meditation all the time, trying to get away from that evil thing; that thing is trying to get me/overcome me; this is a problem for me, that is why I am trying to get away from this world, get into the woods, get to where nobody is, no temptation is; I want to get away from all this temptations of this world because this thing is driving me from inside - thereis the power called sin; because this is such a mysterious power, a power that is not commonly understood by everybody, and people know nothing about this power; know very little about this power, they cannot find a solution to this power. Only God can find a solution to this power; because only God knows what kind of a power this is. That is why God plans salvation; that is why God only can plan salvation; man cannot plan his salvation. So, the Passover was all planned by God. Now they are only used to sacrifices, I said to you - from the days of coats of skin in the Garden of Eden, they were already used to sacrifice; sacrifice is not a new thing - they have shed blood, they understand if you sin, blood must be shed, sin results in loss of life, sin results in this kind of thing, then only remedy can come; all that they have understood. So in order to come and stand before God, Abel understood he has got to come with a sacrifice that God will accept. He would accept only in terms of the blood sacrifice, that is why he came with the blood sacrifice. That much they knew; that to come stand before God I must admit that I am a sinner; that I must give a substitute to die in my place which shows that I am standing before God and saying, "Lord I acknowledge I am a sinner. Let my sin be laid upon this animal, let it die. Please have mercy on me." That is what the meaning of what sacrifice is. But now the revelation is getting bigger - with the Passover the revelation is getting bigger. It is not people have to stand before God, people are under oppression of pharaoh - they are in slavery, they are in chains, they are slaves of Egypt, they are being oppressed, they are under the power of this terrible enemy. Now they have to be delivered; it's not an issue of whether they can stand before God or not, God already loves them. God has made a covenant with Abraham; He has come down, He is reaching out to them, to deliver them. It's not a matter of whether they can stand before God now, it is a matter of whether God can deliver them now; deliver them from this wretched enemy, this terrible enemy that has been oppressing them, keeping them under his thumb.

So they are learning something new about the blood I will say to you. They have understood the blood as something that qualifies them before God; that God accepts anyone that comes and says, "Yea I have sinned, I must die and I bring this substitute because I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Let my death be placed upon..." God understands that; that is the way they came. But now the Passover lamb is not just for that. The Passover lamb is about some further things; (something beyond that). The Passover lamb is about God delivering the people, protecting the people, not only from the judgement that came upon all Egypt, but protecting the people from the evil that pharaoh wants to do to these people. Now turn with me to Exodus chapter 11, when God gave this whole instruction about the Passover, He tells them (when you read Old Testament stories like this - because we are so far removed intime and space, and culture and so on, you need to imagine being in their position; suppose you were a slave, your father was a slave, your grandfather was a slave, last four generations you have been slaves; what a slave mentality will come in; just see what kind of mental condition you will be in - and if a man like Moses comes and says, "Come on lets get ready, be packed and get ready to go, we got to get out of this land". You know what I would say, if I was that slave, and my grand-daddy and my great-grand-daddy was a slave, and that is the only thing I have known, I would say, "Moses are you sure? Don't be playing with us. Already we are having too much work. The last time you went to him and told him that we want to go and worship our God for a few days, he increased our work". Pharaoh said, "You got time for vacation, I will give you more work". That is what happened last time. Don't spoilt our life, man. Get away from us because if we believed you, if you think we can just pack and leave this place, you are fooling us because pharaoh has got horses, chariots, army, everything; we are just shepherds, we got a few sheep, that's all we got - we are not warriors, we can't run- he is a mighty enemy, he is a super-power. He is pursue us, he will catch us, and he will bring us back. I am not coming with you, I won't come with you; because this guy is too much. We can't just walk away from him; that's what a normal slave would have said. So they had to be guaranteed a lot. They have to be a lot of guarantees, assurances and so on. What I am trying to point out is that the blood here is revealed as a very powerful thing that will not just help man to stand before God (that is another issue), the sinner to come and stand before God, it is something more; the blood is so powerful that it will effect the deliverance from the clutches and the chains of the enemy - from the power of the sin and from the power of Satan, and protect the child of God, and take him all the way to the end. That is the revelation of the blood thatis given here; that is why it is very special. Not just for my forgiveness of sins, not just from acceptance before God. But the blood will literally deliver me, snatch me away from the hand of Satan and take me every step of the way, and be with me every day and lead me and guide me; and help me to walk in victory and reach till the end.

The blood is so powerful that from that day that I am marked by the blood, nobody will be able to lay their hands on me; that I will walk under God's protection. I belong to God, I am a blood-bought one, and He guarantees that my journey will be safe. That is the thing that is guaranteed here. The revelation is significantly progressed here. The bible is a progressive revelation (you may have heard of that) it begins slowly and increases more and more. So revelation concerning the blood is given significantly here.

So lets us read Exodus 11:7. This is instructions given but guarantees are also given: because people cannot just pack up and leave. They need to be told, nothing to worry about. So Moses says this: (in verse 5 onwards) and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the hand mill, and all the firstborn of the animals." (From Pharaoh to the ordinary person. from the king to the pauper, beggar, everybody - the first-born must die). Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again (never heard like that before, never seen like that before, never will be seen or heard like that before again. Such cry will go forth throughout the land of Egypt) - then look at this:"But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue (how do you like that), against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." - These people are slaves all this time, and now the Lord is telling Moses, listen, "Not even a dog will move its tongue against any man or beast so that you may know that Israel is very special" - they are the blood-bought ones, they belong to God, God has come to claim them, than no tongue will rise up against them - not one person will have the boldness and the courage to stop you from moving out, packingout and leaving; not one person will lay their hands on you; in others words He is guaranteeing them, He says, "Never. Forget about the hands on you, they won't even use their tongue against you. That is the way I will deal with them." "The whole thing will change", He says. "The power of the blood of the lamb" - God guarantees them, He says, "Not even dog shall move its tongue against a man or beast; that you may know that the Lord does make a difference".

Everybody say, "The Lords does make a difference". Do you know you are so special - not because you are so good. Do not know that we are all so special in the sight of God - not because we are so good, we are so better than others; because we are blood-marked; because of His grace, because of the blood of Jesus, because of God's great love and God's great grace: We are special. That is why one singer sang it like this Andrae Crouch - sang it many years ago, like this: I don't know why Jesus loves me, I don't know why he cared, why so much love, why would God reach out to me, why would God consider me so special. I don't know why; Oh but I know that He did, that's all I know. I don't know why. Nothing special, I am just as much a sinner as anybody but all I know is that He loves me and He has marked me with His blood. He has been gracious to me. That is the way salvation is presented in the word of God. So God plans this salvation and one of the remarkable thing in this whole event is that consistently that God makes a difference between His people and otherson the basis of the blood - it started way back there when the blood of the lamb was shed, and the blood was applied on the door; that day became a token (the word "token" is used in the English language/ English bible) - in Chapter 12, "It shall be a token to you" He says - it shall be a sign (verse 13that we read in Chapter 12) - it's sign, it's a token, it's a symbol, it's an emblem to know that these are Israelites, not Egyptians. It started being used as an emblem and as a sign but did not last only that day. Thereafter they are known as the "Blood marked people" that no one could stand against them; that is the way they were.

So I say to you, if you believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior; if you believed that Jesus died for you, he shed his blood for you and you have confessed him as your Lord and Savior, and taken the faith in that blood and confessed it - it's like taking the blood and sprinklingin yourdoor-posts of your heart; if you have done it, I will tell you my friend you are under God's protection and care, and loving kindness; you live under that; all the days of your life. That day you begin that journey like that, but the work of the blood does not end with that day; that is what the Passover shows. That is why they were told to observe it. Last week we saw that they were told to observe it every year as an ordinance; they had to make a big celebration out of it; they had to teach it to their children; they had to do it, enact it all over it. Why? Because itis not to be forgotten, it is not just a past event - it is a present reality. They are the blood-bought people; they are under the blood. That's the reality.

So the first thing is God planned; God planned and schemed the deliverance. And the deliverance happened through the blood of Jesus. The second is: the deliverance is through substitution; the word substitution means that in our place someone else died (for us, someone else died). In Paul's epistles there are certain words that come repeated again and again. The word in Christ" and so on... "For us", "Through Christ" and so on: All of these words have tremendous meaning. Every time when he talks about "For us" he is talking about substitution - how Jesus died for us. Now Jesus became our substitute; we needed to die but in our place he died. On the day of Passover (the first Passover), there was death in the every house in Egypt, including the Israelite houses. Some people say, "No,there was death in Egyptian houses, but not in Israelite houses". No, think about it. In every house there was death - in Israelite house and in Egyptian house; the difference is in the Israelite house, the Israelite did not die - a substitute died for him; that is the glory of the whole thing. Instead of the Israelite dying, God provided a substitute. When Abraham took his son Isaac to offer on the altar upon the Mt. Moriah, God meets him there and stops him from killing the son, and says, "No, no Abraham there is a substitute. I have got a substitute ready. I wanted to show you that I had got a substitute in mind; lamb slain before the salvation of the world, my son Jesus Christ is going to become a substitute; I wanted to teach you that. In the same mountain, my son will be offered as a sacrifice one day. There is a substitute, don't kill your son; I gave you a son at 100 years of age; I gave your son - in your son rests all the promises, he has got a great future. But my son will die in your son's place and in the place of everyone. There is a substitute. The idea of substitutionary sacrifice. That is why that place was named "Jehovah Jireh" - which means "God will see to it"that means God will make sure that there is a substitute. God saw to it that there was some sacrifice that can be prepared for us so that we don't die; so that we don't get destroyed; so that we don't end in hell; so that we don't get punished eternally; so that we can escape. On the day of Judgement, God found a substitute and that substitute is Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, the deliverance is by means of the sprinkling of the blood; not only did the animal die the blood of sprinkled, showing that it was not enough that Jesus died on the cross. Jesus died on the cross for everybody but so many did not sprinkle the blood upon their hearts; so many did not take that blood and apply it to themselves. It doesn't happen automatically. The bible teaches it wonderfully through the Passover. The sprinkling of the blood is an important thing; the most important thing in that is the sprinkling of the blood. If you did everything, if you cut the lamb and shed the blood, and everything and made the unleavened bread and were ready to eat and you were packed and ready to go, but didn't sprinkle the door. Finished! You won't be travelling that day. There is nowhere to go; you will be dead person. The sprinkling is the most important thing. Last week I told a story of an old man; who was the firstborn, and he had a firstborn son living with his first born son; and that son had a firstborn son - three people would die in that house, normally. I showed you how if I was that old man, how carefully I would be (not a joke) I would be busy going looking for that lamb without blemish. I would make sure I get the right one; I would make sure the lamb's blood is shed properly, and I will make sure these boys applied it properly. I won't be sitting reading my paper, and saying, "Son make sure youjust put some on the door". No, no, I will get up myself in my old age. I will make sure for myself, for his sake, for his son's, sake, for my descendants sake. I would get up - ten timesand look at the door, and say, "Alright everything is fine. Have you done it? Is it done properly?" "Hello, are you sure you have done it for yourself? Have you checked your household to see that everybody is under the blood?" "Have you led them to Christ? Have you told them about this God's plan about salvation? As a man of the house, you are to make sure that you bring them in, you shut the door; you make sure that the blood is on the door. You make sure that Christ is the Lord of your house. So the deliverance is by the sprinkling of the blood."

Also,the deliverance is through faith and obedience. Faith is obedience; the obedience of faith is very important. They have never done that; this is novelty; they have shed blood and they have sacrificed animals - but they have never done it this way; they have never smeared anything on the door; they didn't have to go through all these things. And they didn't have to go through these things to deliver them from the hand of mighty man like pharaoh. They just come to God before and sacrifice some animal and shed the blood to indicate that they are sinners,and they have got a substitute; but this is something new. This they are doing so that this can be a source of their deliverance. They have never done this ever before. And this is a very hard thing because to be deliverance from the hands of pharaoh by just the blood; by the shedding of blood. Not only delivered from the angel of death; but it was a two-edge deliverance: the angel of death will pass over you, but then Egyptians will not be able to touch you also. You have packed and ready to go and "No dog will ever wag its tongue against you", God says. So this is something new and noveland they still did it, and by faith they did it. Next thing is, it brought immediate deliverance. Why immediate deliverance is possible - see you don't have to wait, you don't have to do some religious thing here and there; you don't have to fast for 10 days and pray, and do this and do that, and all that. I remember I went not a youth meeting many years agowhen I was a youth (that was long time ago). We went up this mountain and travelled there and went there...boy, they just preached and preached; they wanted to make sure everybody was saved and so on. So I try to get saved so many times. I just didn't know head or tail about being saved. I wanted to get saved somehow. So every time they preached it looked like I wasn't saved. So I would raise my hands and just go and stand there. I went and stood there, but the man said: "You know this is not very easy. Next three days, you fast and pray". Now I was a young man I didn't even fast one time; just fastingjust one meal was a difficult thing, to tell you the truth. I remember on Good Friday they used to have kanji and thogaiyal in my house and I would go and eat in some restaurant most likely. I was just a typical young man - I just didn't remember anything about fasting. But here I went to the meeting and they said, "You go fast and pray for three days and God will show you all of your sins. And then you get the list from God; He will show you like on a T.V screen." Those days we didn't even have a T.V. We only had seen it in movies and stuff; these Americans and others having T.V- God will show it on a T.V screen like thing: And then you will find out all your sins. They you confess all your sins; and then you feel the remorse and you cry and in three days you pray. After that you come and then we will see. Nothing like that here. Once the blood was shed and it was sprinkled on the doorpost. He told them to go and sit there and eat, in fact. (Read chapter 12) He said, "Eat the unleavened bread" as a symbol of how your new life has begun. Leaven has to do with the old; when you take the old dough and add it with the new, the whole thing becomes leavened, right; so unleavened bread means fresh; freshly made. So God says, "Go and don't even eat any leavened bread; unleavened bread only". Why? Because you are freshly made, you are going to have a new life - no more a slave anymore, you are no more under bondage, you don't have to fear pharaoh; you are a child of God, you are under God's protection, you are under His care. This is a new life; that month was to be the first month of their year - the Passover, marks the first month of the year. That's when the year begins. Have you seen some people would say I am 10 years but they are 50 years old. Then they would say I was born again 10 years ago - they only take that into account. That is a good idea, because that it already my ageby a significant many years. But that's when you really started living, because that is the first day for your real living and real life of being born again. God said to them, that will be the first month of your year; your religious calendar (mark it); this is the first month; this is when it starts; the Passover marks the beginning - eat the unleavened bread because you're freshly made; old things are gone, slavery is gone, fear is gone, lowliness is gone, terror is gone; you are into a new life. So that is the sixth thing. The blood is the beginning of a new life.If you read Exodus 20:14-20 it talks about the feast of the unleavened bread, they need to eat the unleavened bread on the Passover day and then for seven days they celebrated it as a feast of every year later on. It is so closely connected with the Feast of the Passover. Why? Because it marks the fresh new life that you begin. So the blood marks the beginning of a new life.

The seventh thing is this: the blood gives assurance of the love and guidance, and the continuing protection of God throughout their lives. This is a very important aspect. The blood not only saves them on that day when they got out of Egypt, not only just delivered them. See many people interpret it only in that way; they were just delivered by the blood of the lamb on that day, that's it - no more. No! The blood gave them the assurance that all is well, that God will continue to love and guide and protect them throughout their journey, because their dangers did not end in Egypt. They were in danger there; pharaoh wanted them there, he wanted them to continue as slaves there; God delivered them by the power of the blood. But the danger did not end there; when they came out as a whole nation - lakhs and lakhs of people, I hear it's 3 million people coming down the road and then in front of them is a sea, behind them is pharaoh pursuing; he changed his mind again. After all that happened to him, he changed his mind again, he wanted to pursue and bring them back; because he is losing some cheap labour. So he is pursuing them - soin the front there is sea, if you go forward you die in the sea, if you turn back you diein the hands of pharaoh. Moses cries out to God and said: "What shall I do?" God says, "Stretch forth your hand and split the sea into two so that the people can walk over". Didn't God say, "The Lord God will show that there is a different between you and the Egyptians?" That is not over with Egypt and the event of the Passover. That is not just for the Passover event; He said, "I will show that there is a difference between you and the Egyptians - I will draw a line, you are special. No dog will wag its tongue against you", He said. But that is not just a guarantee for that event, thatday of Passover. It is a guarantee that continues to be in effect; so God said, "Stretch forth your hands". And he stretchedforth his hands, and the sea split into two and the people just walked over (amazing); people just walked over to the other side and when pharaoh's army tried to walk over by thesame way, it closed up. Why? Because there is a difference. What is the difference? They are blood-marked. They were marked way back in the Egypt (blood-marked); that is not just for one day, the protection continues. The guaranteed continues, the mark of the blood is on them. It was on the door, but it is on them right now. God says, "These are the people that came under the blood. I am going to be with them, I am going to take them. I am going to protect them.

Then they come into the wilderness, and here they need food; no market to buy anything, nowhere to eat, with 3 million people where would you go and buy. I can imagine what kind problem will be there. I took 50 students one time, and went to some villages to do some work. And took all 50 of them to have lunch in one place. And the person said, "No sir, with these many people we don't have food. This is a small village". He has never seen 50 people come to the restaurant at the same time. No!Maybe 15 people, 20 people alright, but 50 people you have to wait for couple of hours before we can get ready. Just imagine Moses going with 30 lakhs people (3 million people, nowhere to buy food and nothing there). And God says, Don't worry. I am here to provide for them. I am going to provide manna from heaven. They wanted water, He provided water out of the rock; because the blood that was shed and marked them on that day, marked them forever; they are blood-bought ones. The guarantee that the blood would protect, was not just for that one day, it is a mark forever. That is why they were to hold that forever as a celebration and teach their children the significance for this, because is just a mark for one day, it is a mark forever upon them.

Then there were enemies in the wilderness also. Some of the nations around them started hearing about this people marching and they heard about the Red Sea splitting and God doing all these wonderful things - bringing manna from heaven, water from the rock and all that - they got scared; you know these fellows will come and drive us out; they are a danger to us. This new nation is marching and coming. So one fellow went and got a literally witchcraft fellow like to curse them; he paid money. And he said, "Come, I want you to curse people". And he took him to a mountain, and that fellow stood on top of the mountain; and he was all ready to curse - because the money is big; the king is paying him. And he stood there and he looked at the people of Israel camped in the wilderness. And he wanted to curse, and the words are not coming. When he opened his mouth, the words to curse were not coming. Why? Because of the power of the blood. The blood that was shed and marked them on that day: God said, "No dog will even wag its tongue". Sadly, this is the guy God meant I think. He didn't mean a dog (dogs are very kind). He meant this dog here. "No dog will ever wag its tongue" - and this dog tried, he couldn't. And second time, the fellow said, "Let's offer more sacrifices". Let's do this and let's go to the other side - from there you will have a better view. So he took him to the other side of the mountain; from there he looked, there also he is not able to curse. Third time he took him somewhere; and from there he looked.

One great bible scholar says that people were camped according to God's instruction: the 12 camps camped in this way, (4 to the north, 4 to the south, 4 to the east and 4 to the west). But God specified which tribe on which side, and the numbers differed; some tribe was bigger than the other, and so on. So these guys that do research and all; they figure out you know - theywould draw a picture and try to fit on all the people, you know how many lakhs of people in each tribe - and they fit it, try to get a picture of how it looked like. And this guy says, if you look from the mountain top down in the wilderness where the people are camped all over the place, according to God's specified way, 4 tribes on each direction; all you will see is a big cross it seems. From there only that fellow says, He literally opens his mouth, and only a prophecy about the cross is coming. I don't have time to read it; you go and read Balam's prophecy. He says, "O my God, I am seeing a different picture now". From whatever the direction he looks that is what he can see - only the cross; so he could not curse. So I say to you, that God has provided the blood as a mark upon them on that day; but it is a mark forever to protect them and to be with them and to guide them and to show His continued love for them.

Finally, the blood is the pledge that just like God delivered them from Egypt he will also bring them into the Promised Land; a land where they will come to all the blessings of God and live the fullness of God's blessing. God wants each and every one of you to come into the Promised Land. What is the Promised Land? Life in Christ - all the blessings that are in Christ. God wants you to come into the Promised Land, possess everything that He has promised. How? Remember that you will not be a good possessor of everything in the Promised Land if you forget the blood. It is through the blood that you started the journey, it is the blood that will take you in. Remember Jericho and Rahab - that woman that lived on the wall of Jericho - when the wall fell, she had already received a guarantee from the Jewish spies. She told them, "You save me and my family - when you guys come and you will destroy everything, you will win. But save my family, save my assets". So she is sitting on the wall (her house is on the wall), and she asked a guarantee: what guarantee will you give me? Give me a token that you will save me when you come. You will destroy everybody. Will you save me? Give me a token. The guys talked about it. Well, what token to give. And they could only remembered the blood. And they don't have time to shed the blood and put the blood and all that; And they said, "Take that ribbon/thread over there. Let's tie it on the window, so that when we see that we will not touch this house. They came in - they did not knock the wall down; they just went around seven times on the seventh day and shouted when God told them to shout, and the wall fell. Like I said, archaeologists say that the wall fell but one little part stood, and that could very well be Rahab's house, they say; amazingly that house was protected. That is how they entered into the Promised Land. So entering into the Promised Land, possessing the blessings of God; living in God's blessings is all by the blood of Jesus. So the blood is Jesus is not just for your forgiveness of sin, it is for your whole Christian life.

And one thing about being born as a Pentecostal and raised as a Pentecostal - one advantage is this: we knew about the blood of Jesus very well. I have seen it work so many times in some many ways ,frommany dangers we were saved and many good things we have experienced; I remember one time I picked up my grandmother, who had something in her hip. I went to pick her up because she was terribly sick and put her in the car, and I looked at her sides, it's like somebody cut her with a knife, 4 or 5 times; it was like sliced opened completely. I have never seen anything like that. I said let me stop at a doctor's place. She doesn't believed in doctors. Old Pentecostal; so she doesn't go to doctors - no medicines, nothing. I said, "Let me stop at the doctor's place. You don't have to step in, I will call the doctor. He will come look, and tell me whether you will live or die". My father was not in town. So I stopped there and she said, "Get behind me Satan. No doctor". So I drove her home. What to do. I don't what kind of sickness this was and so on. She came home, sat in the car, and she said, "Bring me the coconut oil". She said, "There is victory in the blood of Jesus". And she would apply that. And I thought: she would say it again, and again, and again. As a young man I thought, "My God, you need to go to the doctor. Come on". She said that for five days; she kept all day doing that. Five, six days, everything dried up; everything is well. Everything is ok. The next week, everything is completely gone. She was fine. Till this day we don't know what it was. But she lived 7/8 years after that. So that is one of the good things about being a Pentecostal. There are many good things. One fellow told me when I was young; he said, "Always when you hear a teaching, eat the meat and spit out the bones". A lot of bones also there; for example; my grandmother will not use a mirror, will not use a comb and all that stuff. You can't use any perfume - all that is bones. I spit it out, long time ago. I use all that. But there is some meat - there is meat. I never spit out the meat; I like the meat. And the meat is these kind of things; the blood of Jesus is one of the most valuable truths I have learned coming from that background and the power of the blood of Jesus is so wonderfully taught in those circles. And I have seen so many victories by simply opening my mouth and confessing the power of the blood of Jesus in my situations, in dangerous times, in times of trouble and distress." class="form-control valid" name="videotranscript" id="videotranscript" required>To read sermon summary, click here

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Please turn with me to 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7 and also Exodus Chapter 12 and verse 13. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7 "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." Exodus 12:13"Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. 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.

We began a series three weeks ago (this is the 4th week), studying about the "Power of the blood of Jesus". And the last week I started talking about the Passover, which is a major event, really it's as important in the New Testament as the life of Christ, and death and resurrection Christ, as important as that is to the New Testament, to the Old Testament this event of the Passover event is - so it is a major event; major event in the sense that there is a lot of revelation concerning salvation given there in the Passover event. Now those who have been born raised like me in the Christian home and gone to church and had a lot of preaching, must have heard a lot about thesethings and are familiar with the Passover event, but am sure there are those that are new to do this, new to Christ, new to the whole bible; and the Old Testament passages may appear like very old to some people here. So I want to explain certain things very basically, before I really get into it - for the second time I want to deal with the Passover today; because there are so many things that it reveals about God's wonderful plan of salvation. So let me explain certain things basically to you:

Now God came down to deliver the people of Israel after 400 years of them being in bondage in the land of Egypt. You know how they came to Egypt; they came as children of Jacob - in Jacob's time, Joseph came ahead of them, and became the great leader of Egypt who saved the whole land from a famine and rose to the position of something like a prime minister in those days, in this foreign land. God exalted him and elevated him to that position. And Joseph was greatly honored by the pharaoh of that time, his father and his brothers came as a whole family (70 of them), came and settled in Egypt at that time; they were very comfortable - they were given one of the best areas of the land to occupy and to work, and they prospered very much. Thebible says in the 1st chapter of Exodus, that they became great in number - number is strength in those days; so they became great in number, increased as a family and their wealth increased. Everything they put their hands to do succeeded. And after Joseph's time the trouble started; the people became jealous - looking at their prosperity, looking at their success, and looking at increase in numbers, they wanted to curtail everything - they wanted to make sure that these foreigners do not really overtake them; so they were really oppressed in that nation. Things reached a point where they become slaves and became poor; became very troubled and distressed. And in their great distress, they cried out to God, and God came to deliver them.Now God came to deliver them because they were already in a covenant - if you remember God made a covenant with Abraham, and God even prophetically spoke about their journey to Egypt; and the fact that they were will spend 400 years there was already known to God, and God revealed it to Abraham in Abraham'sdays. And I want to read that passage - because some of you may not be familiar with that. Please turn with me in Genesis chapter 15 - in chapter 15 begins with Abraham going to God, and literally appealing to God saying that he doesn't have a child; he has everything (he has wealth, he has status in society, but does not have a child. He is worried that his servant's children will become heirs to all the wealth that he has. So he tells Godin so many words - i.e. servant's children are going to inherit all his wealth. But Godtells him:"No, someone who is born to you will be your heir. You will have a child - thischild will be born through you, and only that person will inherit everything". And so God says, "Look at the stars of the sky. Can you count them, number them?" And God says, "I will make your seed like the stars of heaven" - That is a wonderful amazing promise. But then on top of that, God promises him a land. In verse 7 (Chapter 15:7) ...the first 6 verses, the promise of a child, descendants, like the stars in heaven, then in 7th verse He says, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it. And he said, "Lord God how shall I know that I will inherit it". Now what guarantee is there that I will get a land? This is too much of a promise - a whole land is going to be given. How shall I know? He said, "How shall I know that I will inherit it? Verse 9, So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." - Now they are already used to sacrifices; even you remember, the coats of skin incidence in the Garden of Eden taught them for the first time about sacrifice; that shame and fear that came as a result of sin can be covered properly not through fig leaves which were man-made clothes, but God made clothes, which is coats of skin. But the coats of skin came as a result of killing of an animal - killing of probably a lamb, and taking the skin out of a lamb.

God clothed Adam and Eve and taught them a lesson that sin can be properly remedied only through His way. Not through their way; all human religions of this world are the fig leaves type of attempt to cover the problem of sin and to find a remedy for the problem that sin has brought in their lives. But only God can come up with the solution - a proper solution. It was taught to them, and thereafter they started bringing sacrifices; understanding that when you come to God; normally you had to hide - and being you know, fear of God (that is why Adam went and hid), but then after this coat of skin incidence they learned that God clothes us in His way and we can come stand before God only as a result of giving of a life and shedding of a blood. Only in that way we can be worthy to stand before God; because the soul that sins shall die, and the wages of sin is death - they recognized what sacrifices meant. Thereafter they started sacrifices: Abel sacrificed, Noah sacrificed; all of these people sacrificed and you read about that. So, by the time they come to Abraham - now here God is introducing Abraham to the idea of sacrifices. So, God tells him to bring these animals and birds and so on; and then he brought all these things to Him, and cut them into two - down to the middle; and placed each pieceopposite the other, but he didn't cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abraham drove them away. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abraham - and behold horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to him (God is now speaking to Abraham. Listen to this, amazing), "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs. And will serve them, and they will afflict them 400 years." God is literally prophesying to him, telling him four generations before these things happen, God told him exactly how many years they will be there. And what will happen; that they will serve them, that means they will be slaves there and so on. And also the nation whom they will serve, I will judge. He also talks about the deliverance of the people of Israel from Egypt. "I will judge them" (that is what it means; that is deliverance). After which they shall come out with great possessions - in other words they shall be poor, and they will trampled upon, they will become slaves; but when they come out, they will come out with great possessions because God will deliver them out, bless them and bring them out. And then listen to this; verse 15: "Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete." - They will come to the land of Canaan and occupy it - by the time they come the Canaanites will be ready to be driven out - because they also are very wicked people and the fact that they were driven out, it is not that some injustice that God did to them - they deserve to be driven out because they were just a horrible bunch, waiting for their iniquity to fill up so that God can judge them. Now listen to this, "And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between these pieces. On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying: To your descendants I have given this land and so on." - So now God made a blood covenant with Abraham - now blood covenant in those days is much better than a writing in a stamp paper and signing (its more honorable than that). Nobody violated a blood covenant (I have taught about blood covenant here) It's the highest way of making an agreement.

God of heaven came down and makes a covenant with man, the covenant essentially means that the two people making the covenant will look at each other and say: "Everything that have is yours. If you need it you can have it" Both of them would say that. That means, "If you need anything you approach me. You or your descendants".Anybody who needs anything he can come to me, I will give that. I would even give my life for you if needed: because we are covenant partners. Now just imagine what a great dealAbraham got - Abraham got very little to give to God, God got everything to give to Abraham. And this is a wonderful deal. God says, "You need anything Abraham, just call upon me, and I will be there. I will be your help; I will help you - That is the blood covenant. Now when the people of Israel just as it was prophesized ended up in trouble in the land of Egypt and spent 400 years in slavery; they cried out to God and God says, in so many words, (if you read 3rd Chapter of Exodus), God remembered the covenant thatHe made with Abraham, and He comes to Moses and introduces Himself to Moses saying, "I am the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" - that means, "Hey I am coming to you on the basis of the covenant" - the blood covenant I have made. I am going to be there in the time of your trouble - I have come here because of that", He says. So God shows up in the right time but God has always been working behind the scenes: He is the one that caused pharaoh's daughter to come and pick up Moses as a little child by that river. The order of the king was that children must be killed if there were found - if the child is found to be a male child, the midwives were told to quietly kill the child. Such was the oppression; during those times, somehow Moses mother gave birth to this child, and hid the child in the river and pharaohs' daughter comes and finds and likes the child, picks the child - all happened in a divinely ordained manner. And the mother herself ends up being the person to take care of Moses in the palace. So the mother is raising him, but raising him in palace at pharaoh's expense so that he can throw pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. Nowyouthink of God how He is a wonderful God who orchestrates and works things out so perfectly. God is making pharaoh pay for the boy that is going to fight against him, and throws his wholearmy in the Red Sea. He is feeding him, sending him to college, educating him and he is being raised as a king's child in the palace. So don't ever think that God is not at work; when you don't feel, it doesn't mean that God is not there. God is always there - God is working behind the scene.

So, wonderfully God worked everything out and now He comes to Moses and appears to him at the burning bush and tells him go to pharaoh and tell him, "Let my people go". And Moses goes and tells him, and pharaoh says, "No, nothing doing". You guys got enough time to go on a vacation - you want to go on a vacation to worshipyour God, so I am going to arrange for more work to be given. You are slaves - you don't have any vacation. Work more. So he put them to work and gave them more trouble. So God started sending some plagues because he hardened his heart. The plagues started softly; they were not so harsh - as he hardened the heart and as he became very hard hearted, the more the intensity increased in the plague (if you noticed)... it increases in intensity. But one thing very clear about these plagues; the first nine plagues were sent and still pharaoh hardened his heart (kept hardening his heart)more and more and finally the 10th plague is going to be the most severe one (intensity is going to peak out now - the most severe one). Now in all these plagues there was one remarkable thing; and that is, the plague affected the life of the Egyptians only, but not the life of the Israelites. Now God literally drew a line, made a difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites. This is a wonderful theme in the bible I hope I can go into it even more in the days to come. God made a difference between His people and the Egyptians (the oppressors) and He shows how special His people are. What makes them so special - is the covenant (the blood covenant) that God had made with Abraham - the blood is what makes them so special. God remembers that blood - by blood He sworn that He will take care of them. So they are very special; for instance in one of the plagues, Egypt was covered with darkness - darkness likes you have never seen; you can't see your own hand in front of your face, you cannot see the other person.

For three days they spent their lives in their homes, not be able to look at one another - total darkness. But you know in the Israelites house, there was light. Simply all power was cut of power in all Egyptians house and all Israelites had light in their house (just imagine). God did it with a purpose so that they would see that these people are God's people. God drew a line, said, "No, the plague is not going to touch them, not going to affect them. It is going to affect only the Egyptians." This is the way all the plagues went. Now the final and the tenth plague isgoing to be even more remarkable; God is really going to draw a line. And the plague is going to be this kind of plague; that is, first born of all Egypt is going to die. Now you may say, "What a horrible thing. First born dying; first born every male and then first born of all the animals, they are going to die. What a horrible thing; why would God doing something like that?" Well God says, "Israel is my first born". Now you took my first born and made him slave and oppressed himall this years - 430 years. See whenever God does something, there is a tremendous justice in it; there is long-suffering in it. There is patience in it - God is never unjust. When God does something, especially when it looks so horrible, you better look and find out why He did. It's unbearable what these people did, It's unbearable; Joseph saved the whole land of Egypt - is this the way to repay him, and his brothers and their children? Is this the way to pay a man back for saving the land from seven years of famine, and raising the land to be one of the most prosperous super-powers in the world? Is this the pay-back? They did injustice and now is the time to payback. You know there is a God who does justly; God is a righteous judge. And people think that whatever we to do today, there will be no judgement - everything will be fine. No, in the end there is going to be judgement for your information. The bible says in the end there is going to be judgement. And even for Christians, the bible says thateveryone will be receive according to what they have done, that means even our rewards will be given according to what we have done in this life. And for those who have not received Jesus, there is going to be judgement. The bible very clearly talks about it. So people live as if there is no judgement, there is no accountability; nobody is going to come and ask us anything and so on. But the bible gives a different picture - the bible says that our maker, our God holds us accountable, we are uncountable to Him; He gave us this earth; He gave us the breath of life; He gave us the resources; He gave us a brain; He gave us abilities, talents, gifts, and if we never paid any attention to that and lived according to our own agenda and did whatever we wanted. You never brought anything (Paul says), "You never brought anything in this world, what is there to boast", he says. You and I never brought anything in this world. Everything that we havecomes from God. Therefore I need to live for the purpose for which God gave me all the gifts and abilities that He has given me - and you need to do the same thing. So we are accountable to God, we need to discover God first; come in contact with God first, give our lives to God first, and ask Him what we need to do - let Him guide us and lead us into His plan and purpose, and live for His purpose, then we can stand before Him.

So here is the judgement of God going to happen. It sounds horrible but it is: God says, "Israel is my first born". God says in Jeremiah, "I am a father to Israel" - what a God He is."I am a father to Israel and Israel is my first-born", He says. In many ways, Israel is first-born - in what way? Do them, first God reveal Himself to them. God chose Abraham and revealed (more than to any man) God revealed Himself to Abraham. Abrahamic blessing, arevelationof who God is -and what kind of relationship God wants to have with man. God revealed Himself to Abraham in such away. You know it is so important to understand that; that Israelites are in many way a first-born - 10 commandments were given to them. No other nation received any commandment from God; 10 Commandments were given to them - through that a revelation was given to them. TheyknewGodbetter than any other nation in this earth. That is why when Jesus came, He came to the Jews. He was born as a Jew, among the Jew; lived among them, ministered among them - He said, "He came to the house of Israel", ministered among them - "Salvation is ofthe Jews", they said. From there only it spreads to the Gentiles and others. You first preach in Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, then to the uttermost parts of the world - from the Jews only it spreads. So, in many ways, they are the first born. So God said, "You took my first-born and made him a slave, and then oppressed him, killed him - killed their children and did all kinds of atrocities. Now I am going to send an angel and angel of death, and there is going to be a death of all the first-borns in Egypt. But before that happens, God wanted to make sure this time thedemarcation - line of demarcation is very clearly laid out, that the angel of death will clearly know who is God's and who is not. How was the angel going to find out? So God says, "Take a lamb for every house; every father, the head of the house must take a lamb - and kill that lamb, catch that blood in a thing and take the blood and put it on the door post of their house, and sit inside the house under the protection of the blood. When the angel of the death comes at midnight, he will pass over that house where the blood is smeared on the door post. The blood then becomes as a sign; is used as a sign; to tell who is an Egyptian and who is an Israelite (the blood is used as a sign). Now this is an important teaching; the bible teaches so much about salvation through this event; the sign of the blood was to be placed on the door. The angel is not going to see whether that person is good or bad, not going to stop by and check out his character, check out his record, check out his face - no, he is not even to check out whether he is an Israelite or an Egyptian - no. If the door has blood, the angel will pass over you.That shows us something wonderful; that is, the Israelites are not better than Egyptians; they are just as much sinners as the Egyptians - the way the difference is made between the two is - that Israelite's house had the blood on the door, Egyptian's house did not have blood on the door. The revelation about the blood on the door was given only to the Israelites; they had the blood on the door. Amazing.

Think of us; we are not God's children today because we were born in a decent family and we have been pretty good people and lived morally upright and therefore God said, "Alright come in, you can be my child". No, we were just as much sinners as anyone else in the world - we are just as much unworthy as every one is the world. But God by His grace has given His son for us, and his blood has been shed and gracefully He has revealed to us, and we have confessed Him as Lord and Savior and taken that blood and sprinkled upon our hearts, cleansing our hearts and our conscious and made us whole. And that is why we are saved today; it is for no other reason. There is basically no other difference between us and others; other than the fact that blood is sprinkled upon us.

Now why does the blood and nothing else? Because of sin. Nothing else can be a sign; the blood has to be the sign; because Israelites are sinners just like the Egyptians - the only thing that protects them is the blood of the lamb, because God has ordained that sin must be remedied with the shedding of blood and that is why the blood is the sign. That is why Paul talks about the Passover lamb in that way, He says: "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" - He literally takes the Passover event and says our Passover happened when Jesus died on the cross. Just like for those people that it was a remarkable day (that day of Passover observance was a remarkable day) because that day they observed Passover, they sprinkled the blood on the door, sat aside, until the destruction/destroying angel came and destroyed the first born of every house and then they got out from thereand left and journeyed and were set free forever from the bondage of Egypt - that was a major event. No Israelite that has gone through that will ever forget. And Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us". Now for a Christian, the cross is a very major event - very major thing; if you are truly a Christian, if you are born again, if you know what salvation means and what the cross means, and what the shed blood means to you, you can never think of it in an ordinary way - it is the most extraordinary thing for a Christian. God says when I see the blood I will pass over you - that is how the word, "passover" came. Jesus in heaven today is known as, "The lamb of God". The lamb of God is a term that signifies what he did as the lamb on the Passover day. So the bible finds that as a very important thing to understand.

The Passover teaches us many things: The Passover teaches that the deliverance was brought about through the blood of Jesus - that's the great lesson that the Passover teaches. And I want to just mention that some of the things that Passover event shows. Just one by one let me mention and I want to emphasize a couple of things strongly here (a couple of things I want to spend some time on)...but I want to mention other things...and other things are most obvious, so I won't spend too much time on it.

First of all, the deliverance was brought about or planned by God Himself. It is not man's finding or discovery - the method of deliverance was not man's - it is not that man put together a committee to come up with a problem to solve the sin problem of man. This is not something that you can sit downin a lab and figure out, this is not something that you can sit down in a boardroom and come to a conclusion, about how to solve this human problem. We human beings are good at solving many problems, but this is a very special problem; Only God can plan the deliverance from sin and Satan; Egypt and the bondage of Egypt is a shadow of this bondage of people in sin and bondage of Satan; people are in bondage to Satan and bondage to sin and the Israelites being in slavery in Egypt under pharaoh oppressed under Pharaoh was a picture of that. And deliverance from that is a picture of how God delivers from sin and Satan. So it's a deliverance from sin and Satan - it's not a very ordinary thing.

Now you can go to university and study all kinds of subjects. Now there are some subjects that I never heard about in my day; some new subjects have come. Do you know of any university that offers a subject on sin? No university can teach on sin; I wonderevenif they believe in it. They won't teach a subject on sin, they won't teach a subject on redemption because this is something - a subject that is totally different; no university knows anything about it. They can solve all kinds of problems, they can come up with solutions, but not this one; because this is a problem that man does not even comprehend very well. What is the sin problem? The sin problem is a very deep-rooted problem; man is puzzled by it, even apostle Paul says, "That the thing I want to do I am not able to do". Here is an educated man; he is not lacking in education; he was born and raised in a well to do family; and raised well, religiously - he is not an outright sinner or was raised in that way; he was raised in a pretty decent family in a religious way; he studied under some of great religious teachers of his day, and had the highest of education from the best educational of institutions of his day; he is the most educated man and he says in Romans 7, he says, "There is something wrong inside of me, I don't understand this; who can deliver me from the wretched state?" (Exactly that is how he puts it) What did he find in himself? He finds the inability; he finds that he is enslaved by alien power, "Some other power is ruling over me". How does he know? Because the very thing that I want to do, he can't do, he says - you read chapter 7 of Romans, is the most interesting chapter; the thing that I want to do, I am not able to do. The thing that I don't want to do, I end up doing. And then he says about the law of God - the law of God is good, holy - nothing wrong with the law of God. I know it, I have studied it. But I am not able to do it; something has gone wrong with me. "Sin is in me", he says. "I have identified what the problem is - The problems is sin". He says, "Sin is in me.I am ruled by a power called the power of sin. Who can deliver me?" Finally he came to a conclusion about who the deliverer is and who the savior is: He says, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ", he says. It is through Jesus Christthat God delivers (that is what he is saying). Jesus Christ is the deliverer. So the most decent person, the most educated person (you know sometimes, not everybody does murder, and lies and steals and cheats - most people are decent people; some people are very educated, very refined and they behave nicely and so on. They don't do anything out-right wrong; they don't go out and do bad things; you will find many people like that in the world. They just don't go out and do wrong things) but the question here is not about whether you have done anything wrong - the question is what kind of a power do you feel is ruling over you? Even the best people who have not done anything wrong will tell you even though I have not done anything wrong: See people don't do anything wrong because there is a lot of restrictions - there is a lot of things that keeps them from doing wrong; from the time we go to school, there is what is called "Moral instruction class" - so they kind of bring us into line. They tell us don't cheat, don't lie, don't do this...so we hear this. In our households they keep telling us and so on - the type of moral instruction is given in every home, in all religious, in all ways of life and so on; this moral instruction is given. We are pretty good in that, so we know the decent living means you have to behave. And then there is police; so if you do wrong they will catch you. So you don't want to be caught. For some people there is police in the house itself; wife is there, husband is there and so on.

So there is a lot of reasons why people don't do wrong. They feel you know, that they will be ashamed if theydid wrong and if they were ever caught; so a lot of these things keep them pretty decent, you know they don't do wrong. That doesn't mean that they don't want to do wrong. That is where it is; that doesn't mean that there is nothing wrong in them. The fact that they have not done anything wrong doesn't mean they have no capacity to do wrong or they have no inclination to do wrong. In fact I would say to you; they have inclination and they have a drive to do wrong,which they find very hard to keep under check: they are having trouble to keep that thing down - this drive to do wrong, to do some kind of a sinful thing - they got to watch out, they got to very careful, they got to guard themselves; because this thing is driving them from the inside, sometimes they find that powerful overwhelming. Anybody that speaks the truth will try to tell you that.

You can contact the best God-men, you can contact guys who are very religious, meditating all the time and doing all these things all the time - they will tell you that is why they are meditation all the time, trying to get away from that evil thing; that thing is trying to get me/overcome me; this is a problem for me, that is why I am trying to get away from this world, get into the woods, get to where nobody is, no temptation is; I want to get away from all this temptations of this world because this thing is driving me from inside - thereis the power called sin; because this is such a mysterious power, a power that is not commonly understood by everybody, and people know nothing about this power; know very little about this power, they cannot find a solution to this power. Only God can find a solution to this power; because only God knows what kind of a power this is. That is why God plans salvation; that is why God only can plan salvation; man cannot plan his salvation. So, the Passover was all planned by God. Now they are only used to sacrifices, I said to you - from the days of coats of skin in the Garden of Eden, they were already used to sacrifice; sacrifice is not a new thing - they have shed blood, they understand if you sin, blood must be shed, sin results in loss of life, sin results in this kind of thing, then only remedy can come; all that they have understood. So in order to come and stand before God, Abel understood he has got to come with a sacrifice that God will accept. He would accept only in terms of the blood sacrifice, that is why he came with the blood sacrifice. That much they knew; that to come stand before God I must admit that I am a sinner; that I must give a substitute to die in my place which shows that I am standing before God and saying, "Lord I acknowledge I am a sinner. Let my sin be laid upon this animal, let it die. Please have mercy on me." That is what the meaning of what sacrifice is. But now the revelation is getting bigger - with the Passover the revelation is getting bigger. It is not people have to stand before God, people are under oppression of pharaoh - they are in slavery, they are in chains, they are slaves of Egypt, they are being oppressed, they are under the power of this terrible enemy. Now they have to be delivered; it's not an issue of whether they can stand before God or not, God already loves them. God has made a covenant with Abraham; He has come down, He is reaching out to them, to deliver them. It's not a matter of whether they can stand before God now, it is a matter of whether God can deliver them now; deliver them from this wretched enemy, this terrible enemy that has been oppressing them, keeping them under his thumb.

So they are learning something new about the blood I will say to you. They have understood the blood as something that qualifies them before God; that God accepts anyone that comes and says, "Yea I have sinned, I must die and I bring this substitute because I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Let my death be placed upon..." God understands that; that is the way they came. But now the Passover lamb is not just for that. The Passover lamb is about some further things; (something beyond that). The Passover lamb is about God delivering the people, protecting the people, not only from the judgement that came upon all Egypt, but protecting the people from the evil that pharaoh wants to do to these people. Now turn with me to Exodus chapter 11, when God gave this whole instruction about the Passover, He tells them (when you read Old Testament stories like this - because we are so far removed intime and space, and culture and so on, you need to imagine being in their position; suppose you were a slave, your father was a slave, your grandfather was a slave, last four generations you have been slaves; what a slave mentality will come in; just see what kind of mental condition you will be in - and if a man like Moses comes and says, "Come on lets get ready, be packed and get ready to go, we got to get out of this land". You know what I would say, if I was that slave, and my grand-daddy and my great-grand-daddy was a slave, and that is the only thing I have known, I would say, "Moses are you sure? Don't be playing with us. Already we are having too much work. The last time you went to him and told him that we want to go and worship our God for a few days, he increased our work". Pharaoh said, "You got time for vacation, I will give you more work". That is what happened last time. Don't spoilt our life, man. Get away from us because if we believed you, if you think we can just pack and leave this place, you are fooling us because pharaoh has got horses, chariots, army, everything; we are just shepherds, we got a few sheep, that's all we got - we are not warriors, we can't run- he is a mighty enemy, he is a super-power. He is pursue us, he will catch us, and he will bring us back. I am not coming with you, I won't come with you; because this guy is too much. We can't just walk away from him; that's what a normal slave would have said. So they had to be guaranteed a lot. They have to be a lot of guarantees, assurances and so on. What I am trying to point out is that the blood here is revealed as a very powerful thing that will not just help man to stand before God (that is another issue), the sinner to come and stand before God, it is something more; the blood is so powerful that it will effect the deliverance from the clutches and the chains of the enemy - from the power of the sin and from the power of Satan, and protect the child of God, and take him all the way to the end. That is the revelation of the blood thatis given here; that is why it is very special. Not just for my forgiveness of sins, not just from acceptance before God. But the blood will literally deliver me, snatch me away from the hand of Satan and take me every step of the way, and be with me every day and lead me and guide me; and help me to walk in victory and reach till the end.

The blood is so powerful that from that day that I am marked by the blood, nobody will be able to lay their hands on me; that I will walk under God's protection. I belong to God, I am a blood-bought one, and He guarantees that my journey will be safe. That is the thing that is guaranteed here. The revelation is significantly progressed here. The bible is a progressive revelation (you may have heard of that) it begins slowly and increases more and more. So revelation concerning the blood is given significantly here.

So lets us read Exodus 11:7. This is instructions given but guarantees are also given: because people cannot just pack up and leave. They need to be told, nothing to worry about. So Moses says this: (in verse 5 onwards) and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the hand mill, and all the firstborn of the animals." (From Pharaoh to the ordinary person. from the king to the pauper, beggar, everybody - the first-born must die). Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again (never heard like that before, never seen like that before, never will be seen or heard like that before again. Such cry will go forth throughout the land of Egypt) - then look at this:"But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue (how do you like that), against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." - These people are slaves all this time, and now the Lord is telling Moses, listen, "Not even a dog will move its tongue against any man or beast so that you may know that Israel is very special" - they are the blood-bought ones, they belong to God, God has come to claim them, than no tongue will rise up against them - not one person will have the boldness and the courage to stop you from moving out, packingout and leaving; not one person will lay their hands on you; in others words He is guaranteeing them, He says, "Never. Forget about the hands on you, they won't even use their tongue against you. That is the way I will deal with them." "The whole thing will change", He says. "The power of the blood of the lamb" - God guarantees them, He says, "Not even dog shall move its tongue against a man or beast; that you may know that the Lord does make a difference".

Everybody say, "The Lords does make a difference". Do you know you are so special - not because you are so good. Do not know that we are all so special in the sight of God - not because we are so good, we are so better than others; because we are blood-marked; because of His grace, because of the blood of Jesus, because of God's great love and God's great grace: We are special. That is why one singer sang it like this Andrae Crouch - sang it many years ago, like this: I don't know why Jesus loves me, I don't know why he cared, why so much love, why would God reach out to me, why would God consider me so special. I don't know why; Oh but I know that He did, that's all I know. I don't know why. Nothing special, I am just as much a sinner as anybody but all I know is that He loves me and He has marked me with His blood. He has been gracious to me. That is the way salvation is presented in the word of God. So God plans this salvation and one of the remarkable thing in this whole event is that consistently that God makes a difference between His people and otherson the basis of the blood - it started way back there when the blood of the lamb was shed, and the blood was applied on the door; that day became a token (the word "token" is used in the English language/ English bible) - in Chapter 12, "It shall be a token to you" He says - it shall be a sign (verse 13that we read in Chapter 12) - it's sign, it's a token, it's a symbol, it's an emblem to know that these are Israelites, not Egyptians. It started being used as an emblem and as a sign but did not last only that day. Thereafter they are known as the "Blood marked people" that no one could stand against them; that is the way they were.

So I say to you, if you believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior; if you believed that Jesus died for you, he shed his blood for you and you have confessed him as your Lord and Savior, and taken the faith in that blood and confessed it - it's like taking the blood and sprinklingin yourdoor-posts of your heart; if you have done it, I will tell you my friend you are under God's protection and care, and loving kindness; you live under that; all the days of your life. That day you begin that journey like that, but the work of the blood does not end with that day; that is what the Passover shows. That is why they were told to observe it. Last week we saw that they were told to observe it every year as an ordinance; they had to make a big celebration out of it; they had to teach it to their children; they had to do it, enact it all over it. Why? Because itis not to be forgotten, it is not just a past event - it is a present reality. They are the blood-bought people; they are under the blood. That's the reality.

So the first thing is God planned; God planned and schemed the deliverance. And the deliverance happened through the blood of Jesus. The second is: the deliverance is through substitution; the word substitution means that in our place someone else died (for us, someone else died). In Paul's epistles there are certain words that come repeated again and again. The word in Christ" and so on... "For us", "Through Christ" and so on: All of these words have tremendous meaning. Every time when he talks about "For us" he is talking about substitution - how Jesus died for us. Now Jesus became our substitute; we needed to die but in our place he died. On the day of Passover (the first Passover), there was death in the every house in Egypt, including the Israelite houses. Some people say, "No,there was death in Egyptian houses, but not in Israelite houses". No, think about it. In every house there was death - in Israelite house and in Egyptian house; the difference is in the Israelite house, the Israelite did not die - a substitute died for him; that is the glory of the whole thing. Instead of the Israelite dying, God provided a substitute. When Abraham took his son Isaac to offer on the altar upon the Mt. Moriah, God meets him there and stops him from killing the son, and says, "No, no Abraham there is a substitute. I have got a substitute ready. I wanted to show you that I had got a substitute in mind; lamb slain before the salvation of the world, my son Jesus Christ is going to become a substitute; I wanted to teach you that. In the same mountain, my son will be offered as a sacrifice one day. There is a substitute, don't kill your son; I gave you a son at 100 years of age; I gave your son - in your son rests all the promises, he has got a great future. But my son will die in your son's place and in the place of everyone. There is a substitute. The idea of substitutionary sacrifice. That is why that place was named "Jehovah Jireh" - which means "God will see to it"that means God will make sure that there is a substitute. God saw to it that there was some sacrifice that can be prepared for us so that we don't die; so that we don't get destroyed; so that we don't end in hell; so that we don't get punished eternally; so that we can escape. On the day of Judgement, God found a substitute and that substitute is Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, the deliverance is by means of the sprinkling of the blood; not only did the animal die the blood of sprinkled, showing that it was not enough that Jesus died on the cross. Jesus died on the cross for everybody but so many did not sprinkle the blood upon their hearts; so many did not take that blood and apply it to themselves. It doesn't happen automatically. The bible teaches it wonderfully through the Passover. The sprinkling of the blood is an important thing; the most important thing in that is the sprinkling of the blood. If you did everything, if you cut the lamb and shed the blood, and everything and made the unleavened bread and were ready to eat and you were packed and ready to go, but didn't sprinkle the door. Finished! You won't be travelling that day. There is nowhere to go; you will be dead person. The sprinkling is the most important thing. Last week I told a story of an old man; who was the firstborn, and he had a firstborn son living with his first born son; and that son had a firstborn son - three people would die in that house, normally. I showed you how if I was that old man, how carefully I would be (not a joke) I would be busy going looking for that lamb without blemish. I would make sure I get the right one; I would make sure the lamb's blood is shed properly, and I will make sure these boys applied it properly. I won't be sitting reading my paper, and saying, "Son make sure youjust put some on the door". No, no, I will get up myself in my old age. I will make sure for myself, for his sake, for his son's, sake, for my descendants sake. I would get up - ten timesand look at the door, and say, "Alright everything is fine. Have you done it? Is it done properly?" "Hello, are you sure you have done it for yourself? Have you checked your household to see that everybody is under the blood?" "Have you led them to Christ? Have you told them about this God's plan about salvation? As a man of the house, you are to make sure that you bring them in, you shut the door; you make sure that the blood is on the door. You make sure that Christ is the Lord of your house. So the deliverance is by the sprinkling of the blood."

Also,the deliverance is through faith and obedience. Faith is obedience; the obedience of faith is very important. They have never done that; this is novelty; they have shed blood and they have sacrificed animals - but they have never done it this way; they have never smeared anything on the door; they didn't have to go through all these things. And they didn't have to go through these things to deliver them from the hand of mighty man like pharaoh. They just come to God before and sacrifice some animal and shed the blood to indicate that they are sinners,and they have got a substitute; but this is something new. This they are doing so that this can be a source of their deliverance. They have never done this ever before. And this is a very hard thing because to be deliverance from the hands of pharaoh by just the blood; by the shedding of blood. Not only delivered from the angel of death; but it was a two-edge deliverance: the angel of death will pass over you, but then Egyptians will not be able to touch you also. You have packed and ready to go and "No dog will ever wag its tongue against you", God says. So this is something new and noveland they still did it, and by faith they did it. Next thing is, it brought immediate deliverance. Why immediate deliverance is possible - see you don't have to wait, you don't have to do some religious thing here and there; you don't have to fast for 10 days and pray, and do this and do that, and all that. I remember I went not a youth meeting many years agowhen I was a youth (that was long time ago). We went up this mountain and travelled there and went there...boy, they just preached and preached; they wanted to make sure everybody was saved and so on. So I try to get saved so many times. I just didn't know head or tail about being saved. I wanted to get saved somehow. So every time they preached it looked like I wasn't saved. So I would raise my hands and just go and stand there. I went and stood there, but the man said: "You know this is not very easy. Next three days, you fast and pray". Now I was a young man I didn't even fast one time; just fastingjust one meal was a difficult thing, to tell you the truth. I remember on Good Friday they used to have kanji and thogaiyal in my house and I would go and eat in some restaurant most likely. I was just a typical young man - I just didn't remember anything about fasting. But here I went to the meeting and they said, "You go fast and pray for three days and God will show you all of your sins. And then you get the list from God; He will show you like on a T.V screen." Those days we didn't even have a T.V. We only had seen it in movies and stuff; these Americans and others having T.V- God will show it on a T.V screen like thing: And then you will find out all your sins. They you confess all your sins; and then you feel the remorse and you cry and in three days you pray. After that you come and then we will see. Nothing like that here. Once the blood was shed and it was sprinkled on the doorpost. He told them to go and sit there and eat, in fact. (Read chapter 12) He said, "Eat the unleavened bread" as a symbol of how your new life has begun. Leaven has to do with the old; when you take the old dough and add it with the new, the whole thing becomes leavened, right; so unleavened bread means fresh; freshly made. So God says, "Go and don't even eat any leavened bread; unleavened bread only". Why? Because you are freshly made, you are going to have a new life - no more a slave anymore, you are no more under bondage, you don't have to fear pharaoh; you are a child of God, you are under God's protection, you are under His care. This is a new life; that month was to be the first month of their year - the Passover, marks the first month of the year. That's when the year begins. Have you seen some people would say I am 10 years but they are 50 years old. Then they would say I was born again 10 years ago - they only take that into account. That is a good idea, because that it already my ageby a significant many years. But that's when you really started living, because that is the first day for your real living and real life of being born again. God said to them, that will be the first month of your year; your religious calendar (mark it); this is the first month; this is when it starts; the Passover marks the beginning - eat the unleavened bread because you're freshly made; old things are gone, slavery is gone, fear is gone, lowliness is gone, terror is gone; you are into a new life. So that is the sixth thing. The blood is the beginning of a new life.If you read Exodus 20:14-20 it talks about the feast of the unleavened bread, they need to eat the unleavened bread on the Passover day and then for seven days they celebrated it as a feast of every year later on. It is so closely connected with the Feast of the Passover. Why? Because it marks the fresh new life that you begin. So the blood marks the beginning of a new life.

The seventh thing is this: the blood gives assurance of the love and guidance, and the continuing protection of God throughout their lives. This is a very important aspect. The blood not only saves them on that day when they got out of Egypt, not only just delivered them. See many people interpret it only in that way; they were just delivered by the blood of the lamb on that day, that's it - no more. No! The blood gave them the assurance that all is well, that God will continue to love and guide and protect them throughout their journey, because their dangers did not end in Egypt. They were in danger there; pharaoh wanted them there, he wanted them to continue as slaves there; God delivered them by the power of the blood. But the danger did not end there; when they came out as a whole nation - lakhs and lakhs of people, I hear it's 3 million people coming down the road and then in front of them is a sea, behind them is pharaoh pursuing; he changed his mind again. After all that happened to him, he changed his mind again, he wanted to pursue and bring them back; because he is losing some cheap labour. So he is pursuing them - soin the front there is sea, if you go forward you die in the sea, if you turn back you diein the hands of pharaoh. Moses cries out to God and said: "What shall I do?" God says, "Stretch forth your hand and split the sea into two so that the people can walk over". Didn't God say, "The Lord God will show that there is a different between you and the Egyptians?" That is not over with Egypt and the event of the Passover. That is not just for the Passover event; He said, "I will show that there is a difference between you and the Egyptians - I will draw a line, you are special. No dog will wag its tongue against you", He said. But that is not just a guarantee for that event, thatday of Passover. It is a guarantee that continues to be in effect; so God said, "Stretch forth your hands". And he stretchedforth his hands, and the sea split into two and the people just walked over (amazing); people just walked over to the other side and when pharaoh's army tried to walk over by thesame way, it closed up. Why? Because there is a difference. What is the difference? They are blood-marked. They were marked way back in the Egypt (blood-marked); that is not just for one day, the protection continues. The guaranteed continues, the mark of the blood is on them. It was on the door, but it is on them right now. God says, "These are the people that came under the blood. I am going to be with them, I am going to take them. I am going to protect them.

Then they come into the wilderness, and here they need food; no market to buy anything, nowhere to eat, with 3 million people where would you go and buy. I can imagine what kind problem will be there. I took 50 students one time, and went to some villages to do some work. And took all 50 of them to have lunch in one place. And the person said, "No sir, with these many people we don't have food. This is a small village". He has never seen 50 people come to the restaurant at the same time. No!Maybe 15 people, 20 people alright, but 50 people you have to wait for couple of hours before we can get ready. Just imagine Moses going with 30 lakhs people (3 million people, nowhere to buy food and nothing there). And God says, Don't worry. I am here to provide for them. I am going to provide manna from heaven. They wanted water, He provided water out of the rock; because the blood that was shed and marked them on that day, marked them forever; they are blood-bought ones. The guarantee that the blood would protect, was not just for that one day, it is a mark forever. That is why they were to hold that forever as a celebration and teach their children the significance for this, because is just a mark for one day, it is a mark forever upon them.

Then there were enemies in the wilderness also. Some of the nations around them started hearing about this people marching and they heard about the Red Sea splitting and God doing all these wonderful things - bringing manna from heaven, water from the rock and all that - they got scared; you know these fellows will come and drive us out; they are a danger to us. This new nation is marching and coming. So one fellow went and got a literally witchcraft fellow like to curse them; he paid money. And he said, "Come, I want you to curse people". And he took him to a mountain, and that fellow stood on top of the mountain; and he was all ready to curse - because the money is big; the king is paying him. And he stood there and he looked at the people of Israel camped in the wilderness. And he wanted to curse, and the words are not coming. When he opened his mouth, the words to curse were not coming. Why? Because of the power of the blood. The blood that was shed and marked them on that day: God said, "No dog will even wag its tongue". Sadly, this is the guy God meant I think. He didn't mean a dog (dogs are very kind). He meant this dog here. "No dog will ever wag its tongue" - and this dog tried, he couldn't. And second time, the fellow said, "Let's offer more sacrifices". Let's do this and let's go to the other side - from there you will have a better view. So he took him to the other side of the mountain; from there he looked, there also he is not able to curse. Third time he took him somewhere; and from there he looked.

One great bible scholar says that people were camped according to God's instruction: the 12 camps camped in this way, (4 to the north, 4 to the south, 4 to the east and 4 to the west). But God specified which tribe on which side, and the numbers differed; some tribe was bigger than the other, and so on. So these guys that do research and all; they figure out you know - theywould draw a picture and try to fit on all the people, you know how many lakhs of people in each tribe - and they fit it, try to get a picture of how it looked like. And this guy says, if you look from the mountain top down in the wilderness where the people are camped all over the place, according to God's specified way, 4 tribes on each direction; all you will see is a big cross it seems. From there only that fellow says, He literally opens his mouth, and only a prophecy about the cross is coming. I don't have time to read it; you go and read Balam's prophecy. He says, "O my God, I am seeing a different picture now". From whatever the direction he looks that is what he can see - only the cross; so he could not curse. So I say to you, that God has provided the blood as a mark upon them on that day; but it is a mark forever to protect them and to be with them and to guide them and to show His continued love for them.

Finally, the blood is the pledge that just like God delivered them from Egypt he will also bring them into the Promised Land; a land where they will come to all the blessings of God and live the fullness of God's blessing. God wants each and every one of you to come into the Promised Land. What is the Promised Land? Life in Christ - all the blessings that are in Christ. God wants you to come into the Promised Land, possess everything that He has promised. How? Remember that you will not be a good possessor of everything in the Promised Land if you forget the blood. It is through the blood that you started the journey, it is the blood that will take you in. Remember Jericho and Rahab - that woman that lived on the wall of Jericho - when the wall fell, she had already received a guarantee from the Jewish spies. She told them, "You save me and my family - when you guys come and you will destroy everything, you will win. But save my family, save my assets". So she is sitting on the wall (her house is on the wall), and she asked a guarantee: what guarantee will you give me? Give me a token that you will save me when you come. You will destroy everybody. Will you save me? Give me a token. The guys talked about it. Well, what token to give. And they could only remembered the blood. And they don't have time to shed the blood and put the blood and all that; And they said, "Take that ribbon/thread over there. Let's tie it on the window, so that when we see that we will not touch this house. They came in - they did not knock the wall down; they just went around seven times on the seventh day and shouted when God told them to shout, and the wall fell. Like I said, archaeologists say that the wall fell but one little part stood, and that could very well be Rahab's house, they say; amazingly that house was protected. That is how they entered into the Promised Land. So entering into the Promised Land, possessing the blessings of God; living in God's blessings is all by the blood of Jesus. So the blood is Jesus is not just for your forgiveness of sin, it is for your whole Christian life.

And one thing about being born as a Pentecostal and raised as a Pentecostal - one advantage is this: we knew about the blood of Jesus very well. I have seen it work so many times in some many ways ,frommany dangers we were saved and many good things we have experienced; I remember one time I picked up my grandmother, who had something in her hip. I went to pick her up because she was terribly sick and put her in the car, and I looked at her sides, it's like somebody cut her with a knife, 4 or 5 times; it was like sliced opened completely. I have never seen anything like that. I said let me stop at a doctor's place. She doesn't believed in doctors. Old Pentecostal; so she doesn't go to doctors - no medicines, nothing. I said, "Let me stop at the doctor's place. You don't have to step in, I will call the doctor. He will come look, and tell me whether you will live or die". My father was not in town. So I stopped there and she said, "Get behind me Satan. No doctor". So I drove her home. What to do. I don't what kind of sickness this was and so on. She came home, sat in the car, and she said, "Bring me the coconut oil". She said, "There is victory in the blood of Jesus". And she would apply that. And I thought: she would say it again, and again, and again. As a young man I thought, "My God, you need to go to the doctor. Come on". She said that for five days; she kept all day doing that. Five, six days, everything dried up; everything is well. Everything is ok. The next week, everything is completely gone. She was fine. Till this day we don't know what it was. But she lived 7/8 years after that. So that is one of the good things about being a Pentecostal. There are many good things. One fellow told me when I was young; he said, "Always when you hear a teaching, eat the meat and spit out the bones". A lot of bones also there; for example; my grandmother will not use a mirror, will not use a comb and all that stuff. You can't use any perfume - all that is bones. I spit it out, long time ago. I use all that. But there is some meat - there is meat. I never spit out the meat; I like the meat. And the meat is these kind of things; the blood of Jesus is one of the most valuable truths I have learned coming from that background and the power of the blood of Jesus is so wonderfully taught in those circles. And I have seen so many victories by simply opening my mouth and confessing the power of the blood of Jesus in my situations, in dangerous times, in times of trouble and distress.

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Please turn with me to 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7 and also Exodus Chapter 12 and verse 13. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7 "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." Exodus 12:13"Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. 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.

We began a series three weeks ago (this is the 4th week), studying about the "Power of the blood of Jesus". And the last week I started talking about the Passover, which is a major event, really it's as important in the New Testament as the life of Christ, and death and resurrection Christ, as important as that is to the New Testament, to the Old Testament this event of the Passover event is - so it is a major event; major event in the sense that there is a lot of revelation concerning salvation given there in the Passover event. Now those who have been born raised like me in the Christian home and gone to church and had a lot of preaching, must have heard a lot about thesethings and are familiar with the Passover event, but am sure there are those that are new to do this, new to Christ, new to the whole bible; and the Old Testament passages may appear like very old to some people here. So I want to explain certain things very basically, before I really get into it - for the second time I want to deal with the Passover today; because there are so many things that it reveals about God's wonderful plan of salvation. So let me explain certain things basically to you:

Now God came down to deliver the people of Israel after 400 years of them being in bondage in the land of Egypt. You know how they came to Egypt; they came as children of Jacob - in Jacob's time, Joseph came ahead of them, and became the great leader of Egypt who saved the whole land from a famine and rose to the position of something like a prime minister in those days, in this foreign land. God exalted him and elevated him to that position. And Joseph was greatly honored by the pharaoh of that time, his father and his brothers came as a whole family (70 of them), came and settled in Egypt at that time; they were very comfortable - they were given one of the best areas of the land to occupy and to work, and they prospered very much. Thebible says in the 1st chapter of Exodus, that they became great in number - number is strength in those days; so they became great in number, increased as a family and their wealth increased. Everything they put their hands to do succeeded. And after Joseph's time the trouble started; the people became jealous - looking at their prosperity, looking at their success, and looking at increase in numbers, they wanted to curtail everything - they wanted to make sure that these foreigners do not really overtake them; so they were really oppressed in that nation. Things reached a point where they become slaves and became poor; became very troubled and distressed. And in their great distress, they cried out to God, and God came to deliver them.Now God came to deliver them because they were already in a covenant - if you remember God made a covenant with Abraham, and God even prophetically spoke about their journey to Egypt; and the fact that they were will spend 400 years there was already known to God, and God revealed it to Abraham in Abraham'sdays. And I want to read that passage - because some of you may not be familiar with that. Please turn with me in Genesis chapter 15 - in chapter 15 begins with Abraham going to God, and literally appealing to God saying that he doesn't have a child; he has everything (he has wealth, he has status in society, but does not have a child. He is worried that his servant's children will become heirs to all the wealth that he has. So he tells Godin so many words - i.e. servant's children are going to inherit all his wealth. But Godtells him:"No, someone who is born to you will be your heir. You will have a child - thischild will be born through you, and only that person will inherit everything". And so God says, "Look at the stars of the sky. Can you count them, number them?" And God says, "I will make your seed like the stars of heaven" - That is a wonderful amazing promise. But then on top of that, God promises him a land. In verse 7 (Chapter 15:7) ...the first 6 verses, the promise of a child, descendants, like the stars in heaven, then in 7th verse He says, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it. And he said, "Lord God how shall I know that I will inherit it". Now what guarantee is there that I will get a land? This is too much of a promise - a whole land is going to be given. How shall I know? He said, "How shall I know that I will inherit it? Verse 9, So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." - Now they are already used to sacrifices; even you remember, the coats of skin incidence in the Garden of Eden taught them for the first time about sacrifice; that shame and fear that came as a result of sin can be covered properly not through fig leaves which were man-made clothes, but God made clothes, which is coats of skin. But the coats of skin came as a result of killing of an animal - killing of probably a lamb, and taking the skin out of a lamb.

God clothed Adam and Eve and taught them a lesson that sin can be properly remedied only through His way. Not through their way; all human religions of this world are the fig leaves type of attempt to cover the problem of sin and to find a remedy for the problem that sin has brought in their lives. But only God can come up with the solution - a proper solution. It was taught to them, and thereafter they started bringing sacrifices; understanding that when you come to God; normally you had to hide - and being you know, fear of God (that is why Adam went and hid), but then after this coat of skin incidence they learned that God clothes us in His way and we can come stand before God only as a result of giving of a life and shedding of a blood. Only in that way we can be worthy to stand before God; because the soul that sins shall die, and the wages of sin is death - they recognized what sacrifices meant. Thereafter they started sacrifices: Abel sacrificed, Noah sacrificed; all of these people sacrificed and you read about that. So, by the time they come to Abraham - now here God is introducing Abraham to the idea of sacrifices. So, God tells him to bring these animals and birds and so on; and then he brought all these things to Him, and cut them into two - down to the middle; and placed each pieceopposite the other, but he didn't cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abraham drove them away. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abraham - and behold horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to him (God is now speaking to Abraham. Listen to this, amazing), "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs. And will serve them, and they will afflict them 400 years." God is literally prophesying to him, telling him four generations before these things happen, God told him exactly how many years they will be there. And what will happen; that they will serve them, that means they will be slaves there and so on. And also the nation whom they will serve, I will judge. He also talks about the deliverance of the people of Israel from Egypt. "I will judge them" (that is what it means; that is deliverance). After which they shall come out with great possessions - in other words they shall be poor, and they will trampled upon, they will become slaves; but when they come out, they will come out with great possessions because God will deliver them out, bless them and bring them out. And then listen to this; verse 15: "Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete." - They will come to the land of Canaan and occupy it - by the time they come the Canaanites will be ready to be driven out - because they also are very wicked people and the fact that they were driven out, it is not that some injustice that God did to them - they deserve to be driven out because they were just a horrible bunch, waiting for their iniquity to fill up so that God can judge them. Now listen to this, "And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between these pieces. On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying: To your descendants I have given this land and so on." - So now God made a blood covenant with Abraham - now blood covenant in those days is much better than a writing in a stamp paper and signing (its more honorable than that). Nobody violated a blood covenant (I have taught about blood covenant here) It's the highest way of making an agreement.

God of heaven came down and makes a covenant with man, the covenant essentially means that the two people making the covenant will look at each other and say: "Everything that have is yours. If you need it you can have it" Both of them would say that. That means, "If you need anything you approach me. You or your descendants".Anybody who needs anything he can come to me, I will give that. I would even give my life for you if needed: because we are covenant partners. Now just imagine what a great dealAbraham got - Abraham got very little to give to God, God got everything to give to Abraham. And this is a wonderful deal. God says, "You need anything Abraham, just call upon me, and I will be there. I will be your help; I will help you - That is the blood covenant. Now when the people of Israel just as it was prophesized ended up in trouble in the land of Egypt and spent 400 years in slavery; they cried out to God and God says, in so many words, (if you read 3rd Chapter of Exodus), God remembered the covenant thatHe made with Abraham, and He comes to Moses and introduces Himself to Moses saying, "I am the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" - that means, "Hey I am coming to you on the basis of the covenant" - the blood covenant I have made. I am going to be there in the time of your trouble - I have come here because of that", He says. So God shows up in the right time but God has always been working behind the scenes: He is the one that caused pharaoh's daughter to come and pick up Moses as a little child by that river. The order of the king was that children must be killed if there were found - if the child is found to be a male child, the midwives were told to quietly kill the child. Such was the oppression; during those times, somehow Moses mother gave birth to this child, and hid the child in the river and pharaohs' daughter comes and finds and likes the child, picks the child - all happened in a divinely ordained manner. And the mother herself ends up being the person to take care of Moses in the palace. So the mother is raising him, but raising him in palace at pharaoh's expense so that he can throw pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. Nowyouthink of God how He is a wonderful God who orchestrates and works things out so perfectly. God is making pharaoh pay for the boy that is going to fight against him, and throws his wholearmy in the Red Sea. He is feeding him, sending him to college, educating him and he is being raised as a king's child in the palace. So don't ever think that God is not at work; when you don't feel, it doesn't mean that God is not there. God is always there - God is working behind the scene.

So, wonderfully God worked everything out and now He comes to Moses and appears to him at the burning bush and tells him go to pharaoh and tell him, "Let my people go". And Moses goes and tells him, and pharaoh says, "No, nothing doing". You guys got enough time to go on a vacation - you want to go on a vacation to worshipyour God, so I am going to arrange for more work to be given. You are slaves - you don't have any vacation. Work more. So he put them to work and gave them more trouble. So God started sending some plagues because he hardened his heart. The plagues started softly; they were not so harsh - as he hardened the heart and as he became very hard hearted, the more the intensity increased in the plague (if you noticed)... it increases in intensity. But one thing very clear about these plagues; the first nine plagues were sent and still pharaoh hardened his heart (kept hardening his heart)more and more and finally the 10th plague is going to be the most severe one (intensity is going to peak out now - the most severe one). Now in all these plagues there was one remarkable thing; and that is, the plague affected the life of the Egyptians only, but not the life of the Israelites. Now God literally drew a line, made a difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites. This is a wonderful theme in the bible I hope I can go into it even more in the days to come. God made a difference between His people and the Egyptians (the oppressors) and He shows how special His people are. What makes them so special - is the covenant (the blood covenant) that God had made with Abraham - the blood is what makes them so special. God remembers that blood - by blood He sworn that He will take care of them. So they are very special; for instance in one of the plagues, Egypt was covered with darkness - darkness likes you have never seen; you can't see your own hand in front of your face, you cannot see the other person.

For three days they spent their lives in their homes, not be able to look at one another - total darkness. But you know in the Israelites house, there was light. Simply all power was cut of power in all Egyptians house and all Israelites had light in their house (just imagine). God did it with a purpose so that they would see that these people are God's people. God drew a line, said, "No, the plague is not going to touch them, not going to affect them. It is going to affect only the Egyptians." This is the way all the plagues went. Now the final and the tenth plague isgoing to be even more remarkable; God is really going to draw a line. And the plague is going to be this kind of plague; that is, first born of all Egypt is going to die. Now you may say, "What a horrible thing. First born dying; first born every male and then first born of all the animals, they are going to die. What a horrible thing; why would God doing something like that?" Well God says, "Israel is my first born". Now you took my first born and made him slave and oppressed himall this years - 430 years. See whenever God does something, there is a tremendous justice in it; there is long-suffering in it. There is patience in it - God is never unjust. When God does something, especially when it looks so horrible, you better look and find out why He did. It's unbearable what these people did, It's unbearable; Joseph saved the whole land of Egypt - is this the way to repay him, and his brothers and their children? Is this the way to pay a man back for saving the land from seven years of famine, and raising the land to be one of the most prosperous super-powers in the world? Is this the pay-back? They did injustice and now is the time to payback. You know there is a God who does justly; God is a righteous judge. And people think that whatever we to do today, there will be no judgement - everything will be fine. No, in the end there is going to be judgement for your information. The bible says in the end there is going to be judgement. And even for Christians, the bible says thateveryone will be receive according to what they have done, that means even our rewards will be given according to what we have done in this life. And for those who have not received Jesus, there is going to be judgement. The bible very clearly talks about it. So people live as if there is no judgement, there is no accountability; nobody is going to come and ask us anything and so on. But the bible gives a different picture - the bible says that our maker, our God holds us accountable, we are uncountable to Him; He gave us this earth; He gave us the breath of life; He gave us the resources; He gave us a brain; He gave us abilities, talents, gifts, and if we never paid any attention to that and lived according to our own agenda and did whatever we wanted. You never brought anything (Paul says), "You never brought anything in this world, what is there to boast", he says. You and I never brought anything in this world. Everything that we havecomes from God. Therefore I need to live for the purpose for which God gave me all the gifts and abilities that He has given me - and you need to do the same thing. So we are accountable to God, we need to discover God first; come in contact with God first, give our lives to God first, and ask Him what we need to do - let Him guide us and lead us into His plan and purpose, and live for His purpose, then we can stand before Him.

So here is the judgement of God going to happen. It sounds horrible but it is: God says, "Israel is my first born". God says in Jeremiah, "I am a father to Israel" - what a God He is."I am a father to Israel and Israel is my first-born", He says. In many ways, Israel is first-born - in what way? Do them, first God reveal Himself to them. God chose Abraham and revealed (more than to any man) God revealed Himself to Abraham. Abrahamic blessing, arevelationof who God is -and what kind of relationship God wants to have with man. God revealed Himself to Abraham in such away. You know it is so important to understand that; that Israelites are in many way a first-born - 10 commandments were given to them. No other nation received any commandment from God; 10 Commandments were given to them - through that a revelation was given to them. TheyknewGodbetter than any other nation in this earth. That is why when Jesus came, He came to the Jews. He was born as a Jew, among the Jew; lived among them, ministered among them - He said, "He came to the house of Israel", ministered among them - "Salvation is ofthe Jews", they said. From there only it spreads to the Gentiles and others. You first preach in Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, then to the uttermost parts of the world - from the Jews only it spreads. So, in many ways, they are the first born. So God said, "You took my first-born and made him a slave, and then oppressed him, killed him - killed their children and did all kinds of atrocities. Now I am going to send an angel and angel of death, and there is going to be a death of all the first-borns in Egypt. But before that happens, God wanted to make sure this time thedemarcation - line of demarcation is very clearly laid out, that the angel of death will clearly know who is God's and who is not. How was the angel going to find out? So God says, "Take a lamb for every house; every father, the head of the house must take a lamb - and kill that lamb, catch that blood in a thing and take the blood and put it on the door post of their house, and sit inside the house under the protection of the blood. When the angel of the death comes at midnight, he will pass over that house where the blood is smeared on the door post. The blood then becomes as a sign; is used as a sign; to tell who is an Egyptian and who is an Israelite (the blood is used as a sign). Now this is an important teaching; the bible teaches so much about salvation through this event; the sign of the blood was to be placed on the door. The angel is not going to see whether that person is good or bad, not going to stop by and check out his character, check out his record, check out his face - no, he is not even to check out whether he is an Israelite or an Egyptian - no. If the door has blood, the angel will pass over you.That shows us something wonderful; that is, the Israelites are not better than Egyptians; they are just as much sinners as the Egyptians - the way the difference is made between the two is - that Israelite's house had the blood on the door, Egyptian's house did not have blood on the door. The revelation about the blood on the door was given only to the Israelites; they had the blood on the door. Amazing.

Think of us; we are not God's children today because we were born in a decent family and we have been pretty good people and lived morally upright and therefore God said, "Alright come in, you can be my child". No, we were just as much sinners as anyone else in the world - we are just as much unworthy as every one is the world. But God by His grace has given His son for us, and his blood has been shed and gracefully He has revealed to us, and we have confessed Him as Lord and Savior and taken that blood and sprinkled upon our hearts, cleansing our hearts and our conscious and made us whole. And that is why we are saved today; it is for no other reason. There is basically no other difference between us and others; other than the fact that blood is sprinkled upon us.

Now why does the blood and nothing else? Because of sin. Nothing else can be a sign; the blood has to be the sign; because Israelites are sinners just like the Egyptians - the only thing that protects them is the blood of the lamb, because God has ordained that sin must be remedied with the shedding of blood and that is why the blood is the sign. That is why Paul talks about the Passover lamb in that way, He says: "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" - He literally takes the Passover event and says our Passover happened when Jesus died on the cross. Just like for those people that it was a remarkable day (that day of Passover observance was a remarkable day) because that day they observed Passover, they sprinkled the blood on the door, sat aside, until the destruction/destroying angel came and destroyed the first born of every house and then they got out from thereand left and journeyed and were set free forever from the bondage of Egypt - that was a major event. No Israelite that has gone through that will ever forget. And Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us". Now for a Christian, the cross is a very major event - very major thing; if you are truly a Christian, if you are born again, if you know what salvation means and what the cross means, and what the shed blood means to you, you can never think of it in an ordinary way - it is the most extraordinary thing for a Christian. God says when I see the blood I will pass over you - that is how the word, "passover" came. Jesus in heaven today is known as, "The lamb of God". The lamb of God is a term that signifies what he did as the lamb on the Passover day. So the bible finds that as a very important thing to understand.

The Passover teaches us many things: The Passover teaches that the deliverance was brought about through the blood of Jesus - that's the great lesson that the Passover teaches. And I want to just mention that some of the things that Passover event shows. Just one by one let me mention and I want to emphasize a couple of things strongly here (a couple of things I want to spend some time on)...but I want to mention other things...and other things are most obvious, so I won't spend too much time on it.

First of all, the deliverance was brought about or planned by God Himself. It is not man's finding or discovery - the method of deliverance was not man's - it is not that man put together a committee to come up with a problem to solve the sin problem of man. This is not something that you can sit downin a lab and figure out, this is not something that you can sit down in a boardroom and come to a conclusion, about how to solve this human problem. We human beings are good at solving many problems, but this is a very special problem; Only God can plan the deliverance from sin and Satan; Egypt and the bondage of Egypt is a shadow of this bondage of people in sin and bondage of Satan; people are in bondage to Satan and bondage to sin and the Israelites being in slavery in Egypt under pharaoh oppressed under Pharaoh was a picture of that. And deliverance from that is a picture of how God delivers from sin and Satan. So it's a deliverance from sin and Satan - it's not a very ordinary thing.

Now you can go to university and study all kinds of subjects. Now there are some subjects that I never heard about in my day; some new subjects have come. Do you know of any university that offers a subject on sin? No university can teach on sin; I wonderevenif they believe in it. They won't teach a subject on sin, they won't teach a subject on redemption because this is something - a subject that is totally different; no university knows anything about it. They can solve all kinds of problems, they can come up with solutions, but not this one; because this is a problem that man does not even comprehend very well. What is the sin problem? The sin problem is a very deep-rooted problem; man is puzzled by it, even apostle Paul says, "That the thing I want to do I am not able to do". Here is an educated man; he is not lacking in education; he was born and raised in a well to do family; and raised well, religiously - he is not an outright sinner or was raised in that way; he was raised in a pretty decent family in a religious way; he studied under some of great religious teachers of his day, and had the highest of education from the best educational of institutions of his day; he is the most educated man and he says in Romans 7, he says, "There is something wrong inside of me, I don't understand this; who can deliver me from the wretched state?" (Exactly that is how he puts it) What did he find in himself? He finds the inability; he finds that he is enslaved by alien power, "Some other power is ruling over me". How does he know? Because the very thing that I want to do, he can't do, he says - you read chapter 7 of Romans, is the most interesting chapter; the thing that I want to do, I am not able to do. The thing that I don't want to do, I end up doing. And then he says about the law of God - the law of God is good, holy - nothing wrong with the law of God. I know it, I have studied it. But I am not able to do it; something has gone wrong with me. "Sin is in me", he says. "I have identified what the problem is - The problems is sin". He says, "Sin is in me.I am ruled by a power called the power of sin. Who can deliver me?" Finally he came to a conclusion about who the deliverer is and who the savior is: He says, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ", he says. It is through Jesus Christthat God delivers (that is what he is saying). Jesus Christ is the deliverer. So the most decent person, the most educated person (you know sometimes, not everybody does murder, and lies and steals and cheats - most people are decent people; some people are very educated, very refined and they behave nicely and so on. They don't do anything out-right wrong; they don't go out and do bad things; you will find many people like that in the world. They just don't go out and do wrong things) but the question here is not about whether you have done anything wrong - the question is what kind of a power do you feel is ruling over you? Even the best people who have not done anything wrong will tell you even though I have not done anything wrong: See people don't do anything wrong because there is a lot of restrictions - there is a lot of things that keeps them from doing wrong; from the time we go to school, there is what is called "Moral instruction class" - so they kind of bring us into line. They tell us don't cheat, don't lie, don't do this...so we hear this. In our households they keep telling us and so on - the type of moral instruction is given in every home, in all religious, in all ways of life and so on; this moral instruction is given. We are pretty good in that, so we know the decent living means you have to behave. And then there is police; so if you do wrong they will catch you. So you don't want to be caught. For some people there is police in the house itself; wife is there, husband is there and so on.

So there is a lot of reasons why people don't do wrong. They feel you know, that they will be ashamed if theydid wrong and if they were ever caught; so a lot of these things keep them pretty decent, you know they don't do wrong. That doesn't mean that they don't want to do wrong. That is where it is; that doesn't mean that there is nothing wrong in them. The fact that they have not done anything wrong doesn't mean they have no capacity to do wrong or they have no inclination to do wrong. In fact I would say to you; they have inclination and they have a drive to do wrong,which they find very hard to keep under check: they are having trouble to keep that thing down - this drive to do wrong, to do some kind of a sinful thing - they got to watch out, they got to very careful, they got to guard themselves; because this thing is driving them from the inside, sometimes they find that powerful overwhelming. Anybody that speaks the truth will try to tell you that.

You can contact the best God-men, you can contact guys who are very religious, meditating all the time and doing all these things all the time - they will tell you that is why they are meditation all the time, trying to get away from that evil thing; that thing is trying to get me/overcome me; this is a problem for me, that is why I am trying to get away from this world, get into the woods, get to where nobody is, no temptation is; I want to get away from all this temptations of this world because this thing is driving me from inside - thereis the power called sin; because this is such a mysterious power, a power that is not commonly understood by everybody, and people know nothing about this power; know very little about this power, they cannot find a solution to this power. Only God can find a solution to this power; because only God knows what kind of a power this is. That is why God plans salvation; that is why God only can plan salvation; man cannot plan his salvation. So, the Passover was all planned by God. Now they are only used to sacrifices, I said to you - from the days of coats of skin in the Garden of Eden, they were already used to sacrifice; sacrifice is not a new thing - they have shed blood, they understand if you sin, blood must be shed, sin results in loss of life, sin results in this kind of thing, then only remedy can come; all that they have understood. So in order to come and stand before God, Abel understood he has got to come with a sacrifice that God will accept. He would accept only in terms of the blood sacrifice, that is why he came with the blood sacrifice. That much they knew; that to come stand before God I must admit that I am a sinner; that I must give a substitute to die in my place which shows that I am standing before God and saying, "Lord I acknowledge I am a sinner. Let my sin be laid upon this animal, let it die. Please have mercy on me." That is what the meaning of what sacrifice is. But now the revelation is getting bigger - with the Passover the revelation is getting bigger. It is not people have to stand before God, people are under oppression of pharaoh - they are in slavery, they are in chains, they are slaves of Egypt, they are being oppressed, they are under the power of this terrible enemy. Now they have to be delivered; it's not an issue of whether they can stand before God or not, God already loves them. God has made a covenant with Abraham; He has come down, He is reaching out to them, to deliver them. It's not a matter of whether they can stand before God now, it is a matter of whether God can deliver them now; deliver them from this wretched enemy, this terrible enemy that has been oppressing them, keeping them under his thumb.

So they are learning something new about the blood I will say to you. They have understood the blood as something that qualifies them before God; that God accepts anyone that comes and says, "Yea I have sinned, I must die and I bring this substitute because I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Let my death be placed upon..." God understands that; that is the way they came. But now the Passover lamb is not just for that. The Passover lamb is about some further things; (something beyond that). The Passover lamb is about God delivering the people, protecting the people, not only from the judgement that came upon all Egypt, but protecting the people from the evil that pharaoh wants to do to these people. Now turn with me to Exodus chapter 11, when God gave this whole instruction about the Passover, He tells them (when you read Old Testament stories like this - because we are so far removed intime and space, and culture and so on, you need to imagine being in their position; suppose you were a slave, your father was a slave, your grandfather was a slave, last four generations you have been slaves; what a slave mentality will come in; just see what kind of mental condition you will be in - and if a man like Moses comes and says, "Come on lets get ready, be packed and get ready to go, we got to get out of this land". You know what I would say, if I was that slave, and my grand-daddy and my great-grand-daddy was a slave, and that is the only thing I have known, I would say, "Moses are you sure? Don't be playing with us. Already we are having too much work. The last time you went to him and told him that we want to go and worship our God for a few days, he increased our work". Pharaoh said, "You got time for vacation, I will give you more work". That is what happened last time. Don't spoilt our life, man. Get away from us because if we believed you, if you think we can just pack and leave this place, you are fooling us because pharaoh has got horses, chariots, army, everything; we are just shepherds, we got a few sheep, that's all we got - we are not warriors, we can't run- he is a mighty enemy, he is a super-power. He is pursue us, he will catch us, and he will bring us back. I am not coming with you, I won't come with you; because this guy is too much. We can't just walk away from him; that's what a normal slave would have said. So they had to be guaranteed a lot. They have to be a lot of guarantees, assurances and so on. What I am trying to point out is that the blood here is revealed as a very powerful thing that will not just help man to stand before God (that is another issue), the sinner to come and stand before God, it is something more; the blood is so powerful that it will effect the deliverance from the clutches and the chains of the enemy - from the power of the sin and from the power of Satan, and protect the child of God, and take him all the way to the end. That is the revelation of the blood thatis given here; that is why it is very special. Not just for my forgiveness of sins, not just from acceptance before God. But the blood will literally deliver me, snatch me away from the hand of Satan and take me every step of the way, and be with me every day and lead me and guide me; and help me to walk in victory and reach till the end.

The blood is so powerful that from that day that I am marked by the blood, nobody will be able to lay their hands on me; that I will walk under God's protection. I belong to God, I am a blood-bought one, and He guarantees that my journey will be safe. That is the thing that is guaranteed here. The revelation is significantly progressed here. The bible is a progressive revelation (you may have heard of that) it begins slowly and increases more and more. So revelation concerning the blood is given significantly here.

So lets us read Exodus 11:7. This is instructions given but guarantees are also given: because people cannot just pack up and leave. They need to be told, nothing to worry about. So Moses says this: (in verse 5 onwards) and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the hand mill, and all the firstborn of the animals." (From Pharaoh to the ordinary person. from the king to the pauper, beggar, everybody - the first-born must die). Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again (never heard like that before, never seen like that before, never will be seen or heard like that before again. Such cry will go forth throughout the land of Egypt) - then look at this:"But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue (how do you like that), against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." - These people are slaves all this time, and now the Lord is telling Moses, listen, "Not even a dog will move its tongue against any man or beast so that you may know that Israel is very special" - they are the blood-bought ones, they belong to God, God has come to claim them, than no tongue will rise up against them - not one person will have the boldness and the courage to stop you from moving out, packingout and leaving; not one person will lay their hands on you; in others words He is guaranteeing them, He says, "Never. Forget about the hands on you, they won't even use their tongue against you. That is the way I will deal with them." "The whole thing will change", He says. "The power of the blood of the lamb" - God guarantees them, He says, "Not even dog shall move its tongue against a man or beast; that you may know that the Lord does make a difference".

Everybody say, "The Lords does make a difference". Do you know you are so special - not because you are so good. Do not know that we are all so special in the sight of God - not because we are so good, we are so better than others; because we are blood-marked; because of His grace, because of the blood of Jesus, because of God's great love and God's great grace: We are special. That is why one singer sang it like this Andrae Crouch - sang it many years ago, like this: I don't know why Jesus loves me, I don't know why he cared, why so much love, why would God reach out to me, why would God consider me so special. I don't know why; Oh but I know that He did, that's all I know. I don't know why. Nothing special, I am just as much a sinner as anybody but all I know is that He loves me and He has marked me with His blood. He has been gracious to me. That is the way salvation is presented in the word of God. So God plans this salvation and one of the remarkable thing in this whole event is that consistently that God makes a difference between His people and otherson the basis of the blood - it started way back there when the blood of the lamb was shed, and the blood was applied on the door; that day became a token (the word "token" is used in the English language/ English bible) - in Chapter 12, "It shall be a token to you" He says - it shall be a sign (verse 13that we read in Chapter 12) - it's sign, it's a token, it's a symbol, it's an emblem to know that these are Israelites, not Egyptians. It started being used as an emblem and as a sign but did not last only that day. Thereafter they are known as the "Blood marked people" that no one could stand against them; that is the way they were.

So I say to you, if you believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior; if you believed that Jesus died for you, he shed his blood for you and you have confessed him as your Lord and Savior, and taken the faith in that blood and confessed it - it's like taking the blood and sprinklingin yourdoor-posts of your heart; if you have done it, I will tell you my friend you are under God's protection and care, and loving kindness; you live under that; all the days of your life. That day you begin that journey like that, but the work of the blood does not end with that day; that is what the Passover shows. That is why they were told to observe it. Last week we saw that they were told to observe it every year as an ordinance; they had to make a big celebration out of it; they had to teach it to their children; they had to do it, enact it all over it. Why? Because itis not to be forgotten, it is not just a past event - it is a present reality. They are the blood-bought people; they are under the blood. That's the reality.

So the first thing is God planned; God planned and schemed the deliverance. And the deliverance happened through the blood of Jesus. The second is: the deliverance is through substitution; the word substitution means that in our place someone else died (for us, someone else died). In Paul's epistles there are certain words that come repeated again and again. The word in Christ" and so on... "For us", "Through Christ" and so on: All of these words have tremendous meaning. Every time when he talks about "For us" he is talking about substitution - how Jesus died for us. Now Jesus became our substitute; we needed to die but in our place he died. On the day of Passover (the first Passover), there was death in the every house in Egypt, including the Israelite houses. Some people say, "No,there was death in Egyptian houses, but not in Israelite houses". No, think about it. In every house there was death - in Israelite house and in Egyptian house; the difference is in the Israelite house, the Israelite did not die - a substitute died for him; that is the glory of the whole thing. Instead of the Israelite dying, God provided a substitute. When Abraham took his son Isaac to offer on the altar upon the Mt. Moriah, God meets him there and stops him from killing the son, and says, "No, no Abraham there is a substitute. I have got a substitute ready. I wanted to show you that I had got a substitute in mind; lamb slain before the salvation of the world, my son Jesus Christ is going to become a substitute; I wanted to teach you that. In the same mountain, my son will be offered as a sacrifice one day. There is a substitute, don't kill your son; I gave you a son at 100 years of age; I gave your son - in your son rests all the promises, he has got a great future. But my son will die in your son's place and in the place of everyone. There is a substitute. The idea of substitutionary sacrifice. That is why that place was named "Jehovah Jireh" - which means "God will see to it"that means God will make sure that there is a substitute. God saw to it that there was some sacrifice that can be prepared for us so that we don't die; so that we don't get destroyed; so that we don't end in hell; so that we don't get punished eternally; so that we can escape. On the day of Judgement, God found a substitute and that substitute is Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, the deliverance is by means of the sprinkling of the blood; not only did the animal die the blood of sprinkled, showing that it was not enough that Jesus died on the cross. Jesus died on the cross for everybody but so many did not sprinkle the blood upon their hearts; so many did not take that blood and apply it to themselves. It doesn't happen automatically. The bible teaches it wonderfully through the Passover. The sprinkling of the blood is an important thing; the most important thing in that is the sprinkling of the blood. If you did everything, if you cut the lamb and shed the blood, and everything and made the unleavened bread and were ready to eat and you were packed and ready to go, but didn't sprinkle the door. Finished! You won't be travelling that day. There is nowhere to go; you will be dead person. The sprinkling is the most important thing. Last week I told a story of an old man; who was the firstborn, and he had a firstborn son living with his first born son; and that son had a firstborn son - three people would die in that house, normally. I showed you how if I was that old man, how carefully I would be (not a joke) I would be busy going looking for that lamb without blemish. I would make sure I get the right one; I would make sure the lamb's blood is shed properly, and I will make sure these boys applied it properly. I won't be sitting reading my paper, and saying, "Son make sure youjust put some on the door". No, no, I will get up myself in my old age. I will make sure for myself, for his sake, for his son's, sake, for my descendants sake. I would get up - ten timesand look at the door, and say, "Alright everything is fine. Have you done it? Is it done properly?" "Hello, are you sure you have done it for yourself? Have you checked your household to see that everybody is under the blood?" "Have you led them to Christ? Have you told them about this God's plan about salvation? As a man of the house, you are to make sure that you bring them in, you shut the door; you make sure that the blood is on the door. You make sure that Christ is the Lord of your house. So the deliverance is by the sprinkling of the blood."

Also,the deliverance is through faith and obedience. Faith is obedience; the obedience of faith is very important. They have never done that; this is novelty; they have shed blood and they have sacrificed animals - but they have never done it this way; they have never smeared anything on the door; they didn't have to go through all these things. And they didn't have to go through these things to deliver them from the hand of mighty man like pharaoh. They just come to God before and sacrifice some animal and shed the blood to indicate that they are sinners,and they have got a substitute; but this is something new. This they are doing so that this can be a source of their deliverance. They have never done this ever before. And this is a very hard thing because to be deliverance from the hands of pharaoh by just the blood; by the shedding of blood. Not only delivered from the angel of death; but it was a two-edge deliverance: the angel of death will pass over you, but then Egyptians will not be able to touch you also. You have packed and ready to go and "No dog will ever wag its tongue against you", God says. So this is something new and noveland they still did it, and by faith they did it. Next thing is, it brought immediate deliverance. Why immediate deliverance is possible - see you don't have to wait, you don't have to do some religious thing here and there; you don't have to fast for 10 days and pray, and do this and do that, and all that. I remember I went not a youth meeting many years agowhen I was a youth (that was long time ago). We went up this mountain and travelled there and went there...boy, they just preached and preached; they wanted to make sure everybody was saved and so on. So I try to get saved so many times. I just didn't know head or tail about being saved. I wanted to get saved somehow. So every time they preached it looked like I wasn't saved. So I would raise my hands and just go and stand there. I went and stood there, but the man said: "You know this is not very easy. Next three days, you fast and pray". Now I was a young man I didn't even fast one time; just fastingjust one meal was a difficult thing, to tell you the truth. I remember on Good Friday they used to have kanji and thogaiyal in my house and I would go and eat in some restaurant most likely. I was just a typical young man - I just didn't remember anything about fasting. But here I went to the meeting and they said, "You go fast and pray for three days and God will show you all of your sins. And then you get the list from God; He will show you like on a T.V screen." Those days we didn't even have a T.V. We only had seen it in movies and stuff; these Americans and others having T.V- God will show it on a T.V screen like thing: And then you will find out all your sins. They you confess all your sins; and then you feel the remorse and you cry and in three days you pray. After that you come and then we will see. Nothing like that here. Once the blood was shed and it was sprinkled on the doorpost. He told them to go and sit there and eat, in fact. (Read chapter 12) He said, "Eat the unleavened bread" as a symbol of how your new life has begun. Leaven has to do with the old; when you take the old dough and add it with the new, the whole thing becomes leavened, right; so unleavened bread means fresh; freshly made. So God says, "Go and don't even eat any leavened bread; unleavened bread only". Why? Because you are freshly made, you are going to have a new life - no more a slave anymore, you are no more under bondage, you don't have to fear pharaoh; you are a child of God, you are under God's protection, you are under His care. This is a new life; that month was to be the first month of their year - the Passover, marks the first month of the year. That's when the year begins. Have you seen some people would say I am 10 years but they are 50 years old. Then they would say I was born again 10 years ago - they only take that into account. That is a good idea, because that it already my ageby a significant many years. But that's when you really started living, because that is the first day for your real living and real life of being born again. God said to them, that will be the first month of your year; your religious calendar (mark it); this is the first month; this is when it starts; the Passover marks the beginning - eat the unleavened bread because you're freshly made; old things are gone, slavery is gone, fear is gone, lowliness is gone, terror is gone; you are into a new life. So that is the sixth thing. The blood is the beginning of a new life.If you read Exodus 20:14-20 it talks about the feast of the unleavened bread, they need to eat the unleavened bread on the Passover day and then for seven days they celebrated it as a feast of every year later on. It is so closely connected with the Feast of the Passover. Why? Because it marks the fresh new life that you begin. So the blood marks the beginning of a new life.

The seventh thing is this: the blood gives assurance of the love and guidance, and the continuing protection of God throughout their lives. This is a very important aspect. The blood not only saves them on that day when they got out of Egypt, not only just delivered them. See many people interpret it only in that way; they were just delivered by the blood of the lamb on that day, that's it - no more. No! The blood gave them the assurance that all is well, that God will continue to love and guide and protect them throughout their journey, because their dangers did not end in Egypt. They were in danger there; pharaoh wanted them there, he wanted them to continue as slaves there; God delivered them by the power of the blood. But the danger did not end there; when they came out as a whole nation - lakhs and lakhs of people, I hear it's 3 million people coming down the road and then in front of them is a sea, behind them is pharaoh pursuing; he changed his mind again. After all that happened to him, he changed his mind again, he wanted to pursue and bring them back; because he is losing some cheap labour. So he is pursuing them - soin the front there is sea, if you go forward you die in the sea, if you turn back you diein the hands of pharaoh. Moses cries out to God and said: "What shall I do?" God says, "Stretch forth your hand and split the sea into two so that the people can walk over". Didn't God say, "The Lord God will show that there is a different between you and the Egyptians?" That is not over with Egypt and the event of the Passover. That is not just for the Passover event; He said, "I will show that there is a difference between you and the Egyptians - I will draw a line, you are special. No dog will wag its tongue against you", He said. But that is not just a guarantee for that event, thatday of Passover. It is a guarantee that continues to be in effect; so God said, "Stretch forth your hands". And he stretchedforth his hands, and the sea split into two and the people just walked over (amazing); people just walked over to the other side and when pharaoh's army tried to walk over by thesame way, it closed up. Why? Because there is a difference. What is the difference? They are blood-marked. They were marked way back in the Egypt (blood-marked); that is not just for one day, the protection continues. The guaranteed continues, the mark of the blood is on them. It was on the door, but it is on them right now. God says, "These are the people that came under the blood. I am going to be with them, I am going to take them. I am going to protect them.

Then they come into the wilderness, and here they need food; no market to buy anything, nowhere to eat, with 3 million people where would you go and buy. I can imagine what kind problem will be there. I took 50 students one time, and went to some villages to do some work. And took all 50 of them to have lunch in one place. And the person said, "No sir, with these many people we don't have food. This is a small village". He has never seen 50 people come to the restaurant at the same time. No!Maybe 15 people, 20 people alright, but 50 people you have to wait for couple of hours before we can get ready. Just imagine Moses going with 30 lakhs people (3 million people, nowhere to buy food and nothing there). And God says, Don't worry. I am here to provide for them. I am going to provide manna from heaven. They wanted water, He provided water out of the rock; because the blood that was shed and marked them on that day, marked them forever; they are blood-bought ones. The guarantee that the blood would protect, was not just for that one day, it is a mark forever. That is why they were to hold that forever as a celebration and teach their children the significance for this, because is just a mark for one day, it is a mark forever upon them.

Then there were enemies in the wilderness also. Some of the nations around them started hearing about this people marching and they heard about the Red Sea splitting and God doing all these wonderful things - bringing manna from heaven, water from the rock and all that - they got scared; you know these fellows will come and drive us out; they are a danger to us. This new nation is marching and coming. So one fellow went and got a literally witchcraft fellow like to curse them; he paid money. And he said, "Come, I want you to curse people". And he took him to a mountain, and that fellow stood on top of the mountain; and he was all ready to curse - because the money is big; the king is paying him. And he stood there and he looked at the people of Israel camped in the wilderness. And he wanted to curse, and the words are not coming. When he opened his mouth, the words to curse were not coming. Why? Because of the power of the blood. The blood that was shed and marked them on that day: God said, "No dog will even wag its tongue". Sadly, this is the guy God meant I think. He didn't mean a dog (dogs are very kind). He meant this dog here. "No dog will ever wag its tongue" - and this dog tried, he couldn't. And second time, the fellow said, "Let's offer more sacrifices". Let's do this and let's go to the other side - from there you will have a better view. So he took him to the other side of the mountain; from there he looked, there also he is not able to curse. Third time he took him somewhere; and from there he looked.

One great bible scholar says that people were camped according to God's instruction: the 12 camps camped in this way, (4 to the north, 4 to the south, 4 to the east and 4 to the west). But God specified which tribe on which side, and the numbers differed; some tribe was bigger than the other, and so on. So these guys that do research and all; they figure out you know - theywould draw a picture and try to fit on all the people, you know how many lakhs of people in each tribe - and they fit it, try to get a picture of how it looked like. And this guy says, if you look from the mountain top down in the wilderness where the people are camped all over the place, according to God's specified way, 4 tribes on each direction; all you will see is a big cross it seems. From there only that fellow says, He literally opens his mouth, and only a prophecy about the cross is coming. I don't have time to read it; you go and read Balam's prophecy. He says, "O my God, I am seeing a different picture now". From whatever the direction he looks that is what he can see - only the cross; so he could not curse. So I say to you, that God has provided the blood as a mark upon them on that day; but it is a mark forever to protect them and to be with them and to guide them and to show His continued love for them.

Finally, the blood is the pledge that just like God delivered them from Egypt he will also bring them into the Promised Land; a land where they will come to all the blessings of God and live the fullness of God's blessing. God wants each and every one of you to come into the Promised Land. What is the Promised Land? Life in Christ - all the blessings that are in Christ. God wants you to come into the Promised Land, possess everything that He has promised. How? Remember that you will not be a good possessor of everything in the Promised Land if you forget the blood. It is through the blood that you started the journey, it is the blood that will take you in. Remember Jericho and Rahab - that woman that lived on the wall of Jericho - when the wall fell, she had already received a guarantee from the Jewish spies. She told them, "You save me and my family - when you guys come and you will destroy everything, you will win. But save my family, save my assets". So she is sitting on the wall (her house is on the wall), and she asked a guarantee: what guarantee will you give me? Give me a token that you will save me when you come. You will destroy everybody. Will you save me? Give me a token. The guys talked about it. Well, what token to give. And they could only remembered the blood. And they don't have time to shed the blood and put the blood and all that; And they said, "Take that ribbon/thread over there. Let's tie it on the window, so that when we see that we will not touch this house. They came in - they did not knock the wall down; they just went around seven times on the seventh day and shouted when God told them to shout, and the wall fell. Like I said, archaeologists say that the wall fell but one little part stood, and that could very well be Rahab's house, they say; amazingly that house was protected. That is how they entered into the Promised Land. So entering into the Promised Land, possessing the blessings of God; living in God's blessings is all by the blood of Jesus. So the blood is Jesus is not just for your forgiveness of sin, it is for your whole Christian life.

And one thing about being born as a Pentecostal and raised as a Pentecostal - one advantage is this: we knew about the blood of Jesus very well. I have seen it work so many times in some many ways ,frommany dangers we were saved and many good things we have experienced; I remember one time I picked up my grandmother, who had something in her hip. I went to pick her up because she was terribly sick and put her in the car, and I looked at her sides, it's like somebody cut her with a knife, 4 or 5 times; it was like sliced opened completely. I have never seen anything like that. I said let me stop at a doctor's place. She doesn't believed in doctors. Old Pentecostal; so she doesn't go to doctors - no medicines, nothing. I said, "Let me stop at the doctor's place. You don't have to step in, I will call the doctor. He will come look, and tell me whether you will live or die". My father was not in town. So I stopped there and she said, "Get behind me Satan. No doctor". So I drove her home. What to do. I don't what kind of sickness this was and so on. She came home, sat in the car, and she said, "Bring me the coconut oil". She said, "There is victory in the blood of Jesus". And she would apply that. And I thought: she would say it again, and again, and again. As a young man I thought, "My God, you need to go to the doctor. Come on". She said that for five days; she kept all day doing that. Five, six days, everything dried up; everything is well. Everything is ok. The next week, everything is completely gone. She was fine. Till this day we don't know what it was. But she lived 7/8 years after that. So that is one of the good things about being a Pentecostal. There are many good things. One fellow told me when I was young; he said, "Always when you hear a teaching, eat the meat and spit out the bones". A lot of bones also there; for example; my grandmother will not use a mirror, will not use a comb and all that stuff. You can't use any perfume - all that is bones. I spit it out, long time ago. I use all that. But there is some meat - there is meat. I never spit out the meat; I like the meat. And the meat is these kind of things; the blood of Jesus is one of the most valuable truths I have learned coming from that background and the power of the blood of Jesus is so wonderfully taught in those circles. And I have seen so many victories by simply opening my mouth and confessing the power of the blood of Jesus in my situations, in dangerous times, in times of trouble and distress.

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