Double Portion for the Firstborn
The concept of permanence is difficult for creatures as locked into temporal nature as human beings to comprehend.
The entirety of Ecclesiastes comments on the vaporous vain vexations of life under the sun, and it is not without its points.
However, even the wise old king Solomon had to admit that there was one unique exception to what is otherwise the agonizing reality of the entropy of all things and that is that is this:
“I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.” (Eccl. 3:14).
David’s son goes on to conclude,
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl 12:13).
The Fear of God is an important thing, and at the center of these coming holidays.
Passover and the feast of unleavened bread are commemorative event instituted by God to remember Israel’s salvation from Egypt, but we must remember that these things are prototypes of the future anti-type of Christ.
Paul says it another way:
“These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” (Colossians 2:17)
The original Passover is the climax of the event of salvation in the redemptive story of God over Egypt’s gods.
The background of this entire ordeal is the Spirit of God moving through Moses to bring curses and plagues.
This was a gross display of power to destroy any opposition to the rebellious angelic and demonic forces that were at work in that area— Pharaoh’s magicians were able to replicate multiple of the plagues at first!
This was hostile enemy territory controlled by powerful and malevolent powers, both earthly and within the realm of spirits.
And Passover was the ultimate blow: God takes the firstborn of Egypt (livestock included!).
Let’s first remember the religious context: Pharaoh was a man treated and believed to be a god. One way to understand it was that Pharaoh was an incarnation of the God Horus, or at least his legal representative. Never forget that Satan loves to mock the Lord.
So, in this marriage of religion and government, Egypt losing her firstborn son completely desolated her.
And because it is so easy for us vaporous creatures to forget, God has instituted a permanent celebration of this holiday; a permanence on par with the tree of life’s fruit, the rainbow, God’s promises to Abraham, or the Sabbath.
It was this Holiday that the Lord Jesus Christ was celebrating and was crucified directly prior to. There are countless similarities, the counting of which extends much farther than the scope of this blog.
However, I believe the most important is the cost of the life of the firstborn. This is why God declares ownership of all firstborn when He declares that the tribe of Levi fulfill this roll, which was why John the Baptist had to baptize Jesus.
Moreover, He requires the people to redeem their firstborn sons.
However, Israel’s ultimate firstborn was not be spared.
Jesus is firstborn in the traditional sense, but He is also the first man to be born of the Spirit, exemplified by His miraculous birth by a virgin. Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, was celebrating this holiday.
This firstborn of Israel was not spared, but there was even more spiritual warfare going on in the midst of this Passover.
The first good Friday (or Wednesday if you are like me and consider a Wednesday crucifixion more likely) marks the beginning of the 3 days and nights act as the turning point of all creation, the moment that God made checkmate against the old spiritual forces He defeated back in Moses’s day.
Easter Sunday was Jesus’s birthday as not just Israel’s firstborn, but the firstborn of the new Creation that he might be pre emanate in all things.
The ultimate firstborn was not spared, but can never die.
Double Portion for the Firstborn
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