(Full post at dawnlizjones.wordpress.com)
I’m not an expert on Jewish customs by any means, but reading the Old Testament about the Passover during this season is intriguing. Of striking interest to me is the part where the Hebrew people are warned that, once the Passover lamb is sacrificed and served up on a platter, they were to use up the whole thing in some way or other, not to leave any remaining until the next day.
What’s that about?
Here’s my take. Leaving meat unpreserved in a hot place for several hours (like overnight) causes spoilage and rancidity. Not just the ugly worms and bugs that we can see crawling all over the leftovers, but more importantly the ones we can’t see! It’s not just about had badly it stinks, or how unappealing it appears served up for breakfast. The bottom line is that spoilage causes illness, and rancidity causes death.
I think of it analogously as Jesus our Passover Lamb. God intend us to “eat” Him completely, receiving all His words, all His commands, all His love, and to trust Him completely, or to use a good old-fashioned word, “whole-heartedly”, as opposed to “half-heartedly”.
Taking just pieces of Jesus causes spiritual spoilage and rancidity. Like empty legalistic behavior, hypocrisy, selfish ambition, and the list goes on. In a nutshell, it not only stinks, but causes death—in ourselves and others. The truth is that most of us have been there, on the giving or receiving end…or both.
The good news is that, even though Jesus’s Passover sacrifice of Himself for us was a onetime event, Passover itself comes around every year. Our God is One of second chances, and third, and fourth. Grace is truly amazing.
So here’s to encouraging us all to make sure we “fully consume” the Passover Lamb. It’s really the only way to not have spiritual stinkiness in our lives.
And really, even though we have to chew on it sometimes, it’s pretty tasty!