“So Now What?”

So what do you think? Did anyone back then make a connection to Passover when John the Baptist called Jesus “The Lamb Of God”? Maybe he was just speaking prophetically as prompted by God, not knowing what that fully meant himself?

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NASB)

I think it interesting that the Israelites were told to take the first Passover lambs into their house on the tenth day of the month and keep it with them until the fourteenth day of the month. (See Exodus 12.)

There are scholars who are much better at explaining the “Why?” of this, but I think it perhaps in part had to do with bonding and making a connection with the lamb. It may have had more meaning when it had become like a family pet, and it may have helped emphasize the pain and cost of sin.

It can make us look at sin differently, particularly casual sin, when our Lamb becomes personal and has a name which, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.

The part of today’s comic strip about “Walter” is strictly my imagining through western cultural eyes. I can’t say that there was really an emotional connection between those families and their Passover lambs, just what is recorded like in the Books of Moses. Nevertheless, I think that there is great value for us to try to see these things through ancient Jewish eyes, so I’ve made that a personal study goal as part of my own “So What Now?” One helpful blog that I follow here at WordPress is “My Heart Is For Israel.” You’ll find a great deal of researched information there as well as downloadable PDF documents! Why not check it out?!?

8 thoughts on ““So Now What?”

  1. I always thought that Jesus was connected to the Passover because that’s about when he died; when he saw Jesus walking by, I think he was referring to the more general concept of sacrifical lambs rather than specifically the Passover lamb; because sacrifical lambs payed for the sins of others, the Passover lamb prevented the angel of death from paying a visit.

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. That exactly why I’m looking to do more research on this myself! Personally, I get Passover and The Day Of Atonement confused in my mind. Jesus’ death on the cross seems to be quite fitting with both, and it’s possible that He may be seen in all of the sacrifices given in the Books of Moses. Anyway, it should make for a great personal study and hopefully I’ll have new things to share here. Thanks again!

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  2. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, if I’m not mistaken includes the concept of the scapegoat. (Leviticus 16) I watched a ‘Day of Discovery’ episode about it ages ago and learned a lot.

    Passover was a remembrance of God freeing the Israelites from Egyptian Slavery. Passover is a feast celebration with specific food; whereas Yom Kippur is a fast day.

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    1. You’re very welcome. I’ve learned a lot from what I’ve read on your blog, and know I will be learning a great deal more!

      One of the concerns I have is that we may have “Americanized” the Gospel and gotten away from its Jewish roots. So I want to learn what I can.

      At church during Holy Week when we had our meal on Maundy Thursday, at our table we has a Seder plate. It was a great teaching tool, and I enjoyed learning from it (much like the PDF) you provided!

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      1. I would encourage you to go to my series on the Christian Torah (search for that category). There is a lot there, but it is fundamental to my thinking. It’s a study of the “Hebrew Gospel” written my Matthew. His audience was primarily to the Jews.

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      2. Thanks so much, Donald. I will look at that, not only for my own knowledge but also to make sure that I’m not passing along anything that would stray too far off course. (There are some times that I do with this particular comic strip. But only with minor things like going to see a Godzilla movie. I don’t want to do that where important scripture-based and tradition-based things are concerned.) Thanks again!

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