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The Firstborn Of Passover

The death (see The Sleep Of Death) of the firstborn at the time of the Exodus is one of the most well-known events of Bible History.

"12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne [see Plagues Of The Pharaohs: Past and Future] unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." (Exodus 12:29-30 KJV)

But consider carefully Who "the LORD God" of that first Passover was, and is - "that Rock was Christ":

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']" (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)

That Exodus, like Passover itself, was brought about by Jesus Christ. Moses, by faith in Christ, viewed "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt."

"11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ [see The Prophets: Moses] greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them." (Hebrews 11:24-28 KJV)

"The firstborn from the dead"

As we plainly read in the verses above, the Passover was instituted by Christ, for Christ. The principle of the death of the firstborn in Egypt transcends to Christ Himself, from Whom it began. As the Lamb of God, the Firstborn Son of God, He died at the later fulfillment of Passover - but the point of the death of the Firstborn was so that He could become the Firstborn to life, by means of His own Sacrifice as that "Lamb."

The Holy Scriptures

"8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified [listen to our Sermon Are You Justified?]: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." (Romans 8:28-30 KJV)

The deliverance portrayed by that physical Exodus (see also The Mount Sinai Prophecy) was moreover a prophecy (see also The Apocalypse Of Jesus Christ) of Christ's creating His Church, His people (see What Is The Church?), by means of their coming out of the carnal-mined unrepentant world i.e. "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4 KJV).

"1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood [see Why Blood?], even the forgiveness of sins:

1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created [see Christ The Creator], that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works [see Works Means Obedience], yet now hath he reconciled 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God], which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister" (Colossians 1:13-23 KJV)

The journey of that physical Exodus portrays a life of truly following Christ (see Friends Of Jesus; also Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).

"12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ], and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven [see A Journey Without A Destination and the Fact Finder question below]: 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven [see also Are We In Heaven Now?]. 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:22-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where is "the land of milk and honey"?
See Milk and Honey; also The Two-Way Promise Of The Promised Land


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