Monday, April 29, 2013

After the Ten

Ruth 1:4-5 (NLT) But about ten years later, both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.

There is a message that keeps coming to my mind these days. The message is, "after the ten". I already addressed it about five posts back. The message was titled, Jesus---the End of the Ten Plagues (March 18, 2013). This post will bring another light on the topic.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT), "Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us." The first Passover meal led God's people to freedom from slavery in Egypt. The final Passover also led God's people to freedom. It freed us from the law covenant that we could never fulfill in ourselves. The first Passover was prophetic of the crucifixion. It is recorded in Exodus 12. It gives specific details for the annual event.

The Passover meal was to take place on the fourteenth day of the month (Ex. 12:6). The lamb was to be selected on the tenth day of the month (Ex. 12:3), and kept for four days. That detail changed with our final Passover lamb, and for a very good reason.

Mark 14:1 (NKJV) says, "After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death." On that same night they agreed to pay Judas to provide them with Jesus (v. 10, 11). Notice it says,"After two days it was the Passover". In other words---Passover was in three days. Jesus was purchased three days before the meal.

The meal was to take place on the fourteenth, the lamb selected on the tenth. Why was Jesus selected on the eleventh?

Jesus provided a better Passover sacrifice. It was a once-for-all sacrifice. It was a new covenant that came after the old covenant of ten commandments. It replaced it. Scripture keeps revealing this message because it is an important one. Why is it so important to know? Our Scripture at the top hides an amazing revelation.

Our verse at the top comes from the wonderful story of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi had two sons, one of which was married to Ruth. The two sons had strange names. The first name, Mahlon, means, Sickness (1). The second name, Kilion, means, Destruction (2). Now read the verse. It says after ten years, sickness and destruction died. There it is---after the ten, sickness and destruction died!

Our covenant is not the law covenant. Our covenant is the new covenant. Put the law behind and focus on Jesus, he will make changes in you the law could not do.

Be blessed!
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, H4248.
(2) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, Strong's numbers, H3630, H3631.

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