Monday, April 10, 2017

A Pet Lamb

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble and mounted on a donkey,
even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9

Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday, but not with
the exuberance of Jerusalem the day Jesus sat on a
colt 2,000 years ago! They welcomed their king who
would deliver them from Rome. In one week this
same crowd would agree to His death.

About 2,000 years before this event, when Israel was
in bondage to Pharaoh of Egypt, Moses told the people
to search for a perfect lamb and bring that lamb up to
the house for inspection. Each family had a lamb.
Lambs are soft, with wet noses, curious little creatures.

How long did it take before every lamb had a name?

Each morning the children would eat quickly so they
could play with their new friend--BUT on the fourth
day the lamb was killed so that child would not die.
Can you imagine the sorrow when the lamb died?

Jesus was the pet Lamb of His Father. He was tested
(inspected) over and over during passover week, but
'they found no fault in Him.' Then THIS Lamb was
crucified, His blood spilled, so we could have Life--
eternal life.

Reader, do you see how the Old Testament can help
to make the New Testament come alive? There are so
many shadows and patterns woven through scripture
that makes sense when one starts in Genesis. This is a
great week to read and ponder Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.

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