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17 Nisan, 5783
The Prophetic Significance of Shed Blood
"Your lamb must be perfect, a male, one year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats." (Exodus 12:5)
Even though the blood of the lamb played a central part in the deliverance of the Israelites on that dark night in Egypt, the lamb is strikingly missing from the traditional Jewish Passover celebration.
Still, the Tanakh (Old Testament) makes it very clear that the cleansing of our soul can only take place through the shedding of blood.
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.” (Leviticus 17:11)
Because of that proclamation from the Lord, ancient Judaism was a religion of blood sacrifice. In the Holy Temple, the blood of sacrificial animals flowed like rivers from the altar.
In modern Judaism, blood sacrifice is no longer practiced. In fact, most Jewish people are repulsed by the very thought!
The importance of the blood of redemption and sacrifice of the lamb in Egypt, therefore, has lost its relevance for the Jewish people in today's celebration of the feast.
Even so, it is an essential element of the first Passover and reveals the role that YESHUA the Messiah plays in our personal salvation.
How YESHUA Fulfill the Requirements of the Passover Lamb
YESHUA perfectly fulfilled the promise of redemption found in the Passover Lamb. Here are a few of those ways:
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