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Lamb of God
By: David Deschesne
Fort Fairfield Journal, February 28, 2007, p. 9
Ever since the very first transgression in the Garden of Eden, there has been death in order to cover sins.
After Eve, then Adam ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God slew an animal in order to use its skin to cover them.1
Later on, in Exodus the enslaved Israelites were each required to bring their best lamb into their homes, one for every household, then slay it and place its blood on their doorposts so the death angel would pass over their homes and not take their first born sons.
The lamb in that case typified Christ. As it was without blemish and perfect, the lamb was the very best of the flock; Christ was God’s very best who also was without the blemish of sin. The sacrificial lamb had to be brought into the home and live with the family for fourteen days, kinning it to them as a family member, much the same way we adopt and love a household pet as part of our family. Likewise, Christ was God who “struck a tent in human flesh”2, becoming like us with our sinful tendencies, and part of our kin. Like the lamb in Exodus, Christ was our family member that was without blemish and had to die in order for his blood to cover us that we might live.
In both cases, with the lamb and with Christ the symbolism is such that the people have to willingly accept the fact that the blood will cover and protect them and place their faith in God’s word to protect those who accept the blood for protection.
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is described in Exodus 16 where two goats would be used; one killed and burnt for a sin offering and the other kept alive as a scapegoat to take away the sins of the Israelites for the preceding year.
Like the blood of the lamb previously mentioned, the blood of the first goat was to be used to cover the people by sprinkling it on the Mercy Seat inside the Holy of Holies. When Christ died as the worthy sacrifice, that was only half the mission. He then raised and assumed the dual role of High Priest as He ascended into Heaven to present his blood to the Holy of Holies as payment for our sins.3
“Jesus had to appear before God the Father with the shed blood. This is why He told Mary not to touch Him when He arose from the dead,” writes researcher David J. Stewart.4 “If Mary had touched Jesus, the blood sacrifice would have been tainted with corruption. Jesus was heading towards heaven with the blood which needed to be applied to the mercy seat in Heaven,”5
“The Lord Jesus is often compared to a lamb, and for many reasons. The lamb was used for food, and the Savior has told us to eat of Him. The lamb is used for growing wool to make warm garments, and so we are clothed with Christ that we may be accepted by God in Him. The lamb was an acceptable sacrifice to God, and so the Savior offered Himself to God as our sacrifice. The lamb was used as the Passover sacrifice, and the scripture says, ‘Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.’ The lamb is a gentle creature, and our Lord said he was ‘meek and lowly at heart.’ The lamb does not object to being sheared or killed, and so ‘He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.’”6
1. Genesis 3:21
2. phrase borrowed from Dr. Gene Scott, Ph. D.
3. Hebrews 4:14; 8:1; 9:12-24
4. www.jesus-is-savior.com/salvation_ webpages/09blood_applied_in_ heaven.htm
5. John 20:17
6. A Dictionary of Bible Types, Walter Wilson, ©1999 Hendrickson Publishers, p. 248.