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The Blood of the Lamb
Christians are impressed that it was the blood (!) Of the lamb which saved the Jews in Egypt. Well it was. But it means something quite different than the meaning that Christians have read into it. In fact the blood of the lamb represents the precise opposite of the Christian claims for Jesus. It is the Jewish rejection of Jesus together with their rejection of all idolatry that saves the Jewish people.
We must ask ourselves. What did the blood mean to the Jews in Egypt? Why was the blood meaningful to God? And how did it save the Jewish people?
Answer: The Egyptians venerated the lamb. They couldn’t associate with anyone who herded sheep for the purpose of eating them (Genesis 43:32, 46:34, Exodus 8:22). For the Jew to slaughter the lamb it was an act of faith. Not in the lamb; but of faith in…
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Mr. Yisroel, those verses you have mentioned there do not say that the Egyptians venerated the lamb. Is there more Biblical support for that claim ?
It is not important if the Egyptians venerated the lamb or not – what the Bible makes clear is that it was against the culture of the Egyptians to slaughter the lamb – and the blood on the doorpost stands for breaking with the surrounding culture
I thought this was interesting
Although it’s a rather sweeping overgeneralization, I see two prominent but opposing currents of thought in Judaism today. Your opinions on the subject would be more insightful than mine, since I’m a Gentile….
On one side are those who might describe themselves as “Conservative, Orthodox, Faithful, Traditional”…..
On the other side, they might call themselves “Progressive, Inclusive, Accepting, Open-minded”…..
One side might tend to think that being “set apart” from the corrupting culture is an end in itself.
The other side may tend to believe that “Diversity” is an end in itself- “diversity” as they define it, and continually redefine it to be, with no input from Yahweh the God of Israel – and if you don’t agree you’re ….X…-“phobic.”
Yet, I hear the voice of God in Psalm 50:
“Consider this, you who forget God….He who sacrifices thank offerings honors ME….”
I don’t think being set apart from evil is an “end in itself”, but rather we are set apart TO Yahweh, the LORD God of Israel, revealed in the Law of Moses and the Prophets.