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The Power Behind the Passover
“Speak to the whole assembly of Israel, and declare this”
Exodus 12:3

People had marvelled at Jesus’ evident authority from God - they had also felt the years of Roman oppression - and they wondered if he had come to save Israel. After all, anyone who could genuinely cast out demons and even raise the dead had greater power than the Roman Empire! And his triumphant entry into Jerusalem as her king and Messiah inspired even greater confidence that Israel was soon to be restored to greatness again!


Yet as Jesus’ apostles drew toward their last days with him, surely they would have remembered the words of John the Baptist at the river Jordan:


“See! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”
John 1:29


and known with sadness that he was the Passover lamb, and that he would die on the day before the festival.


Back in Egypt some 1,500 years earlier, Moses may have thought about Jehovah’s instructions in preparation for the forthcoming Nisan new moon day. After nine plagues which had shown His authority over His people the Hebrews, those who respected Jehovah would be saved from the final plague

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by placing the blood of a slaughtered lamb on the door lintel of their home. God’s angel - who was to kill every firstborn in the land - would see this act of faith and “pass over” those homes peacefully...


And yet… perhaps some people wondered at the ceremony:


Had not the Almighty already turned His later plagues away from the Hebrews, without any ceremony? Why therefore the need to sacrifice a lamb?


The reason was actually priceless: Just as with Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac, the lamb acted as a prophetic pattern for the promised seed, the Messiah. Under God’s instruction, Moses told the Hebrews to remember this sacrifice as the thing which saved them from the terrible final plague in Egypt. It would remind them of God’s provision for them, His power and of the Messiah to come.


1,500 years later, the rulers in Jerusalem forgot the meaning of the Passover: they celebrated the joy at release from Egypt, but marginalised the sacrifice which brought it. When the Messiah whom that sacrifice prophesied – Jesus, the Lamb of God – was executed on the same day, his blood was on the post just as in Pharaoh’s time. But this time, many were not indoors – obeying God’s guidance – but were viewing the blood on the torture stake post from the outside. They had not eaten the true food of Christ’s flesh - his teaching from God (John 6:53-58) - they were figuratively refusing to enter the safe Hebrew dwellings, placing faith in their own god (John 8:44) and scorning God’s provision for safety. At this, the final Passover, those rulers were the ones slaughtered spiritually by the passing angel, while those who appreciated God’s Messianic direction would be blessed both at Pentecost and in the years to come.


Both on that fateful day and today, the lesson is to focus – not on the blood on the doorpost, nor on the Lamb – but on the guidance from God which prompted both events. Neither the Passover blood nor the title “Christian” is a magic talisman guaranteeing salvation. Like the earlier Passover, the Memorial of the last supper is to remind us of the kind provision for safety, but also to remember and appreciate the guidance from the Almighty God Who is behind every rescue and every blessing.

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This week, a British pioneer of wave energy advised the government to build “cloud-whitening” towers in the north-most part of the nation. He had demonstrated that spraying saline water into clouds could help to reduce the dissipation of the ice in the Arctic by impeding sunlight from reaching the ground. His suggestion was proposed in light of advice which described the dangers associated with methane release along the Arctic shores as nothing less than a “planet-wide emergency”.


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A Great Feast!
In the 6th century BC, the Jews were living predominantly in Babylon after the sacking of Jerusalem some 70 years earlier. On a particular day King Belshazzar held a great feast for a thousand honoured guests (Daniel chapter 5). While his father
Some say “grandfather”
King Nebuchadnezzar had grown to greatly respect Almighty God Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, Belshazzar favoured his Babylonian gods.


At this feast, he called for the gold utensils which had been looted from the temple of Jehovah to be used at his own table. He had his own gold and silver cups, but did this to show his contempt for Jehovah before all of his guests. What happened next is well-known…


A hand appeared near to the large lampstand in the room and began marking letters onto the wall behind it. Clearly illuminated, both Belshazzar and all of his guests could see the miraculous spectacle and the message it left behind. Unsure of its meaning, Belshazzar asked for someone to interpret the words,
The language lacked vowels - the words could mean several things according to the context in which they were written - and thus needed to be interpreted.
and the Hebrew Daniel – noted for his help with his father Nebuchadnezzar – told him the meaning:


“God has numbered the days of your kingdom and has brought them to an end. You have been weighed in the balances and have been found wanting, and your kingdom has been divided and is to be given to the Medes and the Persians.”
Daniel 5:26-28 (17-31)


That evening, Belshazzar was killed and the Babylonian empire overthrown by Darius the Mede (Daniel 5:30-31).


The Writing’s on the Wall
Even though he needed Daniel to interpret the writing, Belshazzar knew it was not good news! The sight of a mysterious hand writing large letters on a wall – illuminated by a lampstand before all of his guests – was enough for him to know that something terrible was in store. The scriptures declare that:


...the king’s complexion changed, and he felt afraid. His hips were shaking and his very knees were knocking against each other.
Daniel 5:6


Science has performed excellently in explaining the dangers, but now – like Belshazzar – we can all see that the news is deadly.
Today, we too can see the writing on the wall: glaciers are melting without pause, the polar ice coverings are both shrinking, the climate is warming, and droughts and floods compete with each other to devastate large portions of the world. Do we need to have it interpreted for us anymore?


There is a solution. There is a Divine Rescue just waiting for both the good and appreciative “Nebuchadnezzars” and the disdainful “Belshazzars” of our day to call to the Heavens for it. They have the authority, and no matter how frightening the “writing on the wall” may be to us, we will all be preserved alive by the intervention of Almighty God at their call.