“And Jethro said, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharoah, and Who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.’” Exodus 18:10
“Bow down Your ear to me; deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.” Psalm 31:2
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.” Joel 1:17
The word deliver is quite versatile.
It can mean to bring something to someone as in, “She will deliver the package on time.”
It can mean to give birth as in “Labor and Delivery.”
Deliver is the root word of “deliverance” which is to be set free, rescued, and/or released.
Our English word for deliver is from the Old French word “delivrer” which means “to set free” (de + livrer commonly translated to + liberate).
The word deliver appears 554 times in the Bible (NKJV). Compare that to the word love, which appears 500 (in both searches the number includes “topical references”). Needless to say, deliverance is huge. To be delivered is important. As is love, of course.
In two days it is Passover. Today is 12th day of the first month on the Hebrew calendar. On Friday will be the 14th day of the first month.
“Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.’” Matthew 26:1-2
This is deliverance. Right there, in the first two verses of Matthew 26.
If a subject seems too daunting, I tend to shy away. How can I do it justice? If I can’t do it perfectly don’t do it at all, right? “Right!” says my brain. But like every other area of my walk with the Lord, I need to just do my limited best knowing my best isn’t what does any of the big work anyways. So in humility (truly Lord, let your Spirit go forth and deliver Your message unto the hearts of Your people; I know my words lack!) I am going to attempt this story of deliverance.
“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, ‘This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb.. your lamb shall be without blemish.. You shall keep it until the 14th day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the children of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night.. I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not destroy you.. This day shall be to you a memorial, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.’’” Taken from Exodus 12:1-14.
I’m sure we all know this story. Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt, Passover #1. But if there’s one thing I learn from studying the Bible, it’s that a story is hardly ever just a story. It’s a message! And if there’s one thing I learn from celebrating the feasts in the Bible, it’s that a feast (appointed time) is never just a feast, it’s a message!
This is story/ feast/ message NUMBER ONE on God’s timeline of events. (Referencing back to “it shall be the first month of the year to you.) And isn’t that true? Do we have any other starting point other than by the blood of the Lamb? Everything starts with His deliverance. His salvation.
Here is a picture of an ancient threshold with a basin (this is probably a fancy one). We are so far removed from the culture and customs of the ancient day, that we can easily miss some of the significance of what is written in the Bible. I really appreciated when someone told me about the threshold and the idea of “covenant” especially in relating to the Passover story!
In ancient times, it was a common practice to use a door threshold to make a covenant between people. They would take an animal and cut it in half (similar to the covenant made with Abram- see Genesis 15), allowing the blood to flow through the threshold at the bottom, while at the same time gathering some of it in the built in basin.
“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts..” Ex. 12:22
By passing over (stepping over) the blood at the threshold, the two parties entered into covenant with one another. So when we read that the Lord passed over the homes of those who had the blood of the lamb smeared across their doorways, there is huge significance here! Could it be, that it was symbolic not only of the blood of the blameless Lamb of God, but of the covenant that takes place upon receiving the blood? Is the “passing over” referencing how the Lord passed over the threshold of those who had the blood in order to deliver from the judgment? I think this is beautiful here. I see judgment overhead that is passed over the homes who have the blood, because He who was bringing judgment, passed over (stepped across) the threshold (which contains the blood of the lamb/Lamb) of those who believed in Him. Do you see the two actions at play here? It’s similar to that picture of the judge who steps down from His seat to stand by the person and then takes the death penalty upon Himself.
The Lamb did die. His blood is smeared around the sides of the door. He is the door, the only way. Now will you step over that threshold and enter into His covenant?
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved..” –Jesus, John 10:9
“I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:20 (the words of Jesus while celebrating Passover!)
Could the symbolism get any more amazing here? The blood of the Lamb was slain- on Passover no less, to provide that entry into covenant with God. Do we understand the word covenant? There isn’t room on this blog post to delve deeply here now, but covenant is huge. Another cool side note that I don’t have room to go in detail with, is that most likely when the people paraded Jesus through the streets singing “Hosanna!” it was on the tenth day of the first month, the day chosen by God to get their “spotless lambs” for Passover.
Do you remember what the Israelites had to use to smear the blood?
“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts..” Ex. 12:22
Hyssop. Let’s look at a few other places hyssop is mentioned.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
Why does David need to be purged with hyssop? Is he referencing back to the hyssop that was used to spread the blood of deliverance on the homes of the Israelites in Egypt? Or is he prophesying about the only way we can be made “whiter than snow” (by the blood of the Lamb)? Yes and yes! Let’s take a close look at the final moment before Yeshua dies.
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’ Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.” John 19:28-29
Knowing the state of beaten down and brokenness Jesus was in at this point, we can know that the hyssop that touched his lips came back down from the cross with His blood on it. Truly, He is our Passover Lamb! And now may I be purged with this hyssop, this hyssop that has come down from the cross with the blood of the Lamb, and I will be made whiter than snow.
Are you in Egypt? If you are not now, you once were. We have all been delivered out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery to sin and death, and offered new life, salvation through the blood! And isn’t it interesting that this all takes place in the spring, at the exact same time that the earth is renewed? New life! If you would like a “new life” (perhaps yours is heavy) the time is right now. Your new life is not about a drastic change on your surroundings (but it could be); it is about new life inside of you. You have been delivered from bondage. No need to slave there any longer. (Common slave masters: anger, unforgiveness, lust, pride, bitterness, envy, selfish living, addiction, condemnation, fear of man.)
In the Hebrew alphabet, the letter dalet (dah-let) is equivalent with the number 4 (it is the 4th letter and therefore the number 4 as well). Each letter also holds a “pictograph” meaning, because as the written language was developing it went through a phase of “picture meanings” used for writing. Dalet means “door” and even today, the letter for dalet looks like a door. Recall, that Jesus says, “I am the door.”
He is our blood stained door of deliverance, and look at how many stories of deliverance include this number 4:
-“But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark… And the rain was on the earth 40 days and 40 nights.” Genesis 6-7; the deliverance of Noah.
-“Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was 430 years.” Exodus 12:40; the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt.
-“But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and they would bring them into bondage and oppress them 400 years.” Acts 7:6; referencing above deliverance.
-“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these 40 years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart..” Deuteronomy 8:2; deliverance through the barren wilderness.
-“So he (Moses) was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights, he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant..” Exodus 34:28; we see Moses is away for forty days and nights in preparing to deliver the Words of the Covenant to Israel.
-“When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten. But in the 4th year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord. And in the fifth year you may eat its fruit.” Leviticus 19:24-25; this is such an interesting command here given by God, and probably my favorite reference to the number four. For three years the fruit of the trees planted in the land is to be considered uncircumcised, but in the fourth it shall be holy. Could it be He was trying to give a clue as to when we (the trees) would bear truly circumcised fruit? In the fourth year, would there be an outpouring of something Holy (the Holy Spirit) which would then enable us to bear the circumcised fruit of His Spirit, after the shedding of the blood of the covenant? I would lean to believe that is exactly what He is telling the people. (“All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Luke 24:44)
- Did you notice the wording on that commandment? The fruit will be a “praise to the Lord.” Jesus is of the line and tribe of Judah. “And she (Leah) conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Now I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore she called his name Judah.” Genesis 29:35. Judah’s name means praise. Recall also that Judah is the 4th born son of Jacob.
And during what millennium did Jesus come to earth? Was it not the FOURTH? I believe it is a general consensus that Yeshua came approximately 4,000 years after Adam. These messages just keep repeating themselves. Are those 4,000 years likened unto the bondage of 400 years in Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness? In ways yes! Perhaps in ways we are still in the wilderness, awaiting our ultimate entry into the Promised Land.
Is it a coincidence that a babe is kept in the womb for 40 weeks before new life breaks forth? This world is full of knowledge of His glory! (Habakkuk 2:14)
Was it not on the 4th day of creation that God created the “greater light” to rule the day? (*Not discounting the sun, moon, and stars made this day.)
“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.’”
Here Jesus equates seeing the “light of this world” (which is Him- the great Light that rules the day) as walking in the day. And doesn’t David make this same reference to day?
“I will praise You, for You have answered me and have become my salvation (the Hebrew word here is yeshuati- the singular possessive form of Yeshua, salvation). The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone… This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:21-24
Look at all of these clues pointing in the same direction! A very huge thing occurred on the 4th “day” (and in this case, a day is as if a thousand years). A great Light has come! The door has been prepared with the blood of the Lamb. Deliverance, salvation. Freedom from bondage and the debt levied against us.
The letter tav is the last letter in the Hebew alphabet. Its number equivalent is 400. Do you want to know its picture meaning? “Sign, mark, a cross, mark of the covenant!” Amazing. What a statement Yeshua makes when He says, “I am the Aleph and the Tav…” Revelation 22:13.
Our western minds think of the beginning and end of an alphabet there, nothing more. Alpha and Omega is the Greek translation. A and Z would be our English translation. “I am the Aleph and the Tav” would have been the Hebrew. Aleph means first, strength. So putting these two pictograph letters together (aleph and tav), this verse has a deeper significance meaning “I am the strength of the mark of the covenant.” Certainly! The mark of the covenant is engraved in His hands.
Oh my! This has been long. I apologize… but there is still so much more.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Prov. 25:2
This is true. So many treasures He has in His Word!
Blessings, happy digging, and have a blessed Passover! And of course, shortly after Passover we celebrate His resurrection! New life. New life. Hallelujah!
PS. This Friday evening on Passover, the 14th day of the first month, is a blood moon!
“The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” Joel 2:31
If you would like to read a nice article about blood moons, I refer you here.Share: