CHRIST OUR PASSOVER (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:11
And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s Passover.
Again, God gave very specific instructions concerning the manner the Passover lamb was to be eaten. As spiritual Israel, we must pay close attention to every detail. Remember, Jesus did not do away with the Law, but rather, He fulfilled it. Let us examine each requirement by the help of the Holy Spirit. First of all, the lamb had to be eaten with their loins girded. The attire of that time was long and flowing. Here God is preparing His people for a swift and sure departure from bondage. Anything that restricts or hinders movement had to be adjusted. God is providing an example for our learning and all things point to our Lord Jesus Christ and us in Him. Isaiah declares righteousness as the girdle of Messiah’s loins (Isaiah 11:5). First Corinthians, Chapter One, verse 30, declares the Jesus has been made unto us righteousness. As we move out in faith in the Way that Jesus is, the first thing we can be sure of is His righteousness.
Next, the children of Israel were instructed to have shoes on their feet when they ate the Passover lamb. These instructions are meant to carry an
eternal spiritual message.
A shoe creates a separation of the feet from the ground. Feet speak to our spiritual walk and the ground or earth speaks to carnality. There is to be nothing carnal in this walk once we have committed our lives to Christ. When Jesus sent the disciples by two, among His instructions was to be shod with sandals (Mark 6:9). Nothing has changed. Jesus now walks in and through us and that walk in maintained, safeguarded, and protected in the Spirit. Dust (carnality) has no place in Spirit.
After having their loins girded and feet shod, something was to be placed in their hand. The Hebrew word for consecrate consists of two words meaning to fill an open hand. The hand also speaks to our service. It is powerfully interesting that a staff was to be placed in the hand. Another name for staff is a rod. Its root meaning is to germinate. When God selected His priest, Aaron’s rod budded. God said He would have unto Himself a kingdom of priests. The Revelation 1:6 declares that through His shed Blood, Jesus has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father. We are delivered to be set apart unto God for His service.
Finally, the instruction was given to eat in haste. God’s deliverance through redemption provides a hasty flight from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear Son. The moment we say yes to Jesus, we are translated into His Kingdom. Because of this hasty flight and its resurrection life power, it is critical that we feed on the message of the Cross and Its power. It is only by accepting our death through Christ that we can receive His life in resurrection power.