Jacob and Laban come to an agreement that Jacob would take from his flock, all the striped, spotted and mixed colored animals for his own. He assured Laban that his righteousness in this act could easily be detected if there were any that were whole or of one color. God had directed Jacob to remove the undesirable element from the flock and in this Jacob became a man of sustenance. He placed the branches of three trees near the watering trough and when the cattle, sheep and goats drank, they conceived and brought forth grizzled, spotted and mixed colored offspring. This wondrous miracle increased Jacob’s wealth and possessions but they were all blemished.
Years later, when Joseph had been promoted by the hand of God to second in command of all of Egypt, Jacob, his family and their herds came to the land of Goshen. When Pharaoh asked what their vocation was, they answered as Joseph had instructed them, that they were shepherds. This was an abomination to the Egyptians and by it there was a separation between the people (Gen. 46:34). Pharaoh then placed his cattle with Jacob’s cattle and gave Israel the rule over them, but God separated them again when He brought His plague against that cattle of Egypt (Ex. 9:3). When the final plague was set to come to pass, God told Moses to instruct the nation of Israel, to, “take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for the house” (Ex. 12:3). This lamb was to be a perfect male of the first year as the Passover of God. No substitutions were permitted and no one was exempt. The perfect male lamb was to be taken, killed, roasted with fire and eaten while the blood was to be struck on the doorposts for the messenger of death to see.
Now where do you get a perfect male lamb of the first year from a herd of striped, spotted and mixed color animals? The nation of Israel numbered, at this time, about 600,000 and even if we grant 6 persons to an household, that means 100,000 perfect male lambs of the first year were needed for to keep the Lord’s Passover. The answer is as spectacular as the three branches at the watering trough; God provided. He provided the exact number of these precious, special, unique animals for the task that He assigned to be undertaken and completed by His people. There were no extras that the people could take and make an idol of and there wasn’t a house that was left to the judgment of God for want of a sacrifice.
Paul wrote in II Corinthians 3 that the law of Moses at Mt. Sinai, was the ministration of death and the ministration of condemnation. We can see the type that the Spirit has left in Moses braking the tablets that God had written upon before the people received them as an indication that they were guilty of breaking the Law before they were even told what it was. But here we see that even the sacrifice that was commanded of God to be brought, perfect and without spot (Lev. 22:21) not the true sacrifice. No mater how white the animal was and how clean the outer coat was, it still came from a gene pool of blemished animals. Man was to look upon the outward but God knew the inward.
When Gabriel (the messenger of ‘the power of my God’) came to Mary, He told her that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and she would conceive and that the child that would be born of her would be called the “Son of the Most High”. This was a body prepared of God for the advent of His Son and not an outward carcass taken from a blemished race of men being dead in trespasses and sin. He was perfect within and without and He knew no sin. He came forth as Abraham told Isaac, “God shall provide Himself a sacrifice” (Gen. 22:8) because no man was worthy or able. Therefore John said, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). His blood was sufficient to accomplish the task assigned unto Him which was to wash away the sin of His people and to cover it forever. It is precious, unique and efficacious and woe unto him that tramples it under foot and calls it common, “seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put Him to open shame” (Heb. 6:7).
He did not come to cleanse His bride for she never needed cleansing. She is one with Him, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. She is born from above just as He is and therefore she cannot sin. She could no more deny Him than He could Himself, but, she became subject to the vanity when she became a partaker of this flesh and blood and that is what needed to be cleansed from all unrighteousness by that precious blood of the Lamb. When He speaks to His Bride He said, “Thou art all fair, my love, no spot in thee” (Song 4:7). He did not say that she had a few blemishes but He would take care of them with a little make-up, He said there was no spot, no blemish in her, therefore, she could not have come from Adam. He washed the sin of this earthen vessel away and prepared it to receive that eternal seed from above and it is fitly framed together growing up to an Holy habitation of our God, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Lamb stands, as it had been slain from the foundation of the world, as the Son of God with the Beloved (Ps. 2:7) and nothing can separate them from each other. “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned” (Song 8:7).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 17, 2010