Jack Carroll - Tacoma, Washington Special Meeting - May 2, 1943

Exodus, the first eleven chapters are the most interesting in the Bible. We find in these chapters that God, in seeking to bring about the deliverance or salvation of an individual or a nation, worked in two ways. He prepared that individual or that nation for the message of deliverance and He equipped the messenger to bring the message of deliverance. This was God's way in Old Testament days; in New Testament days; and this is still God's way of bringing about the salvation of individuals or of numbers in this our day.

 

We have not time this morning to go into detail with regard to the message that God sent, or even to the messenger that delivered it. We know the name of the messengers, Moses and Aaron. Aaron was 83 years of age when God called and sent him. This ought to be a little comfort to some of you, as well as myself, who are a little older than we used to be. The Devil is continually suggesting to our minds that soon our days of usefulness will be over. We will just have to retire and give up. I am comforted by this fact that God called and sent these two preachers down into the land of Egypt to work the greatest mission in the history of the world. God sent them and equipped them, enabled them to begin and complete the work He had given them.

 

I wanted this morning particularly, to speak to you from this 12th chapter for in this chapter. We read of the climax to that mission. A whole nation professed, a whole nation came to a very definite decision. A whole nation willing that night to break forever with Egypt and to take that three days journey into the wilderness to sacrifice unto the Lord, their God.

 

There are in the Bible, as we have so often heard key words, key verses, and chapters. That is, words, verses, and chapters that help us to understand a little better other words, verses, and chapters. This twelfth chapter is one of the key chapters of the Bible, a chapter that should be read over often by every child of God, for a better understanding of the teachings of this chapter will open up and help us to understand a great deal, not only of what we read in the Old Testament, but will make it easier to understand much that we read in the pages of the New Testament. I would like to think, that, after this meeting is over, all or you will take the time to read over carefully this 12th chapter of Exodus, to meditate upon it and try and recall a little of what you may hear from this chapter today.

 

It is the story of the first Passover Feast. There were three annual feasts in Israel; the feast of Passover, the feast of Pentecost, and the feast of Tabernacle, but the greatest of these feasts was the feast of the Passover. It was the first of their annual feasts. It was to them the beginning of months; it was to them the beginning of a new year. The Children of Israel reckoned time in two ways. They had a secular year which began several months before, and then they had a spiritual year which began with the feast of the Passover, and year in and year out, throughout their generations they began, not their secular year, but their spiritual year with the keeping of the Passover. One of the reasons why I have been impressed with the importance of speaking to the people of God this year about this Passover feast is because the symbols that we read about in this chapter are not simple and easy to understand, but as we read more about it in the Old Testament; it will bring a greater understanding about God's Salvation.

 

I realize that the people of God today, as never before, have very little time, as has been suggested today, for the things of God, and it occurred to me, that if in some way, we could sow in the minds and heart of God’s people a little that they could even enjoy when they are working, during the hours of toil, some of the simple things of God's Word by which they could be nourished and solaced, that it might become a real source of help and blessing to them. It is with this thought in mind that I wish to speak to you this morning from this chapter, the 12th of Exodus.

 

The Passover night was a night that was to be much remembered. In the 41st and 42nd verses, a night of terror to the Egyptians, a night of judgment, and a night of death. To the children of Israel, it was a night of deliverance, a night of redemption and of salvation and feasting. It was a night the Egyptians could never forget, Exodus 11:6-7.

 

This judgment was a typical judgment that swept over Egypt that night. There was no escaping that judgment. The Word of God teaches us clearly that it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this, the judgment. God hath appointed a day and has made an appointment which every man and every woman must keep, and just as surely, there is but one way of escape. When we read over this 12th chapter, the breaking of bread today shows the keeping of the Passover feast. At no time was the Passover feast celebrated anywhere but in the home. At no time has the breaking of bread been taken outside the home. It was first established in New Testament days, in the home of a water carrier in Jerusalem.

 

I Peter 1:2, when Peter wrote this first epistle, he had the 12th chapter of Exodus before his mind. The word obedience occurs quite often in that first letter, "Children, obey the Gospel." What shall the end be of those that obey not the Gospel? It seems to me that the one thing that God required is a simple, child-like, and public obedience to what He requested. Where there was that simple, child-like, open public obed­ience, the destroying angel passed over the home of the Children of Israel. This obedience was required in seven things.

 

1. Selecting the lamb and keeping it from the tenth day until the fourteenth day of the month.

 

2. Slaying the lamb and sprinkling the blood on the doorpost.

 

3. Providing herbs and bread.

 

4. Roasting the lamb with fire.

 

5. Eating the lamb, girded, shoes on their feet, ready to leave Egypt forever.

 

6. Eating the lamb, roast with fire, inside the family circle.

 

7. Eating all of the ­lamb.

 

There is a spiritual significance of these outward things. The lamb was ­typical of the Lamb of God. But they obeyed even when they didn't understand. That lamb was open to the inspection of every passerby. The Egyptians could look into that lamb and so could the Israelites and point out any faults that would disqualify it.

 

Those days of inspection were typical of the 3 1/2 years of the public life of the Lamb of God, open to the criticism of men, slandered, vilified, lied against, but who could challenge his worst enemy, "Which of you convinceth me of sin?" The blood was to be sprinkled on the outside of the door. The Lord was determined to make a public, open difference between his own people and the Egyptians. In order to escape the certain judgment of God, His own people had to openly and publicly take their stand with Him and for Him. When the blood is on the doorpost, we should publicly accept Him as our leader and our guide. It is necessary that we put out of our lives, hearts, and business the things that God may have put His fingers on and said shouldn't be here, before we can really enjoy the Passover feast. The Lamb roast with fire speaks of what He had to go through in blasphemy, persecution, mocking, scourging, and crowning with thorns, the nails driven into His hands and feet. Do we pay more attention to that which is temporal, or to that which is spiritual, to that which is for today, or for that which is forever? What is true in the realm of the physical is more true in the realm of the spiritual.


Our health depends on what we eat and how much. John 6, "If ye do not eat My flesh and drink My blood, ye have no life in you.” If we have just purposed to follow Him, we have not gone very far. We can’t live this Christian life or walk this Christian path without the help of God. If we neglect to avail ourselves of that help, we will soon be back in the land of Egypt. But you say, “I haven’t time.” That is true. You can’t have time unless you make it. If you are so busy seven days a week, that you are engrossed in the things that belong to the present, that belong to the physical and temporal, I do not know how you are going to face the day of reckoning. How can you say, "Lord, I have no time for the things that are spiritual and eternal?" We take time to eat our three meals a day, so we should make time to feed upon the things of the Lord, enjoy of the unleavened bread, the herbs and a little snack of the lamb of God roast with fire.

 

The real difference between the child of God and the world is that the child of God recognizes that the spiritual and the eternal are the most important things in the world, The child of the world says that the things now are the things worth living for; no time for a little piece of the Lamb.

 

The head speaks of the lordship of Christ, His name upon all we are and all we have. It is not the struggle that brings condemnation, but the results of that which brings condemnation, whether we hold to the Lord or to the world.

 

His feet, His walk and trail, the inwards, speak of the graces that filled His life. It is not the length of time that we spend upon our knees in prayer that counts, but it is the spirit of prayer that you take with you to the street-car, to the factory, or to the office. It is the energy of your soul that is going to count during the day.