The Passover Ritual, Part 3 -- By: Bruce K. Waltke

Journal: Emmaus Journal
Volume: EMJ 21:2 (Winter 2012)
Article: The Passover Ritual, Part 3
Author: Bruce K. Waltke


The Passover Ritual, Part 31

Bruce K. Waltke

Bruce Waltke is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College, Vancouver. During his professional career he also held professorships in Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando.

Chapter 4: The Standard For The Passover Lamb
An Exposition Of Exodus 12:1-14

Introduction

Most people are not sure whether or not they will go to heaven when they die. We all hope so, but most folks are not sure. If you think about it, I think you will agree with me that the reason we are not sure is that we are not sure whether or not we will meet God’s standards. We really don’t know just how severe or tolerant God will be with us. If he’s tolerant, maybe we’ll make it; if he’s not—well, we’d rather not think about that. Our uncertainty is like that of a farmer who enters his bull in competition at the state fair. Will he win the blue ribbon? It all depends on the judges. He’s never sure that his bull will satisfy the critical eye of the judges until all the ballots are in and they reach their verdict.

Usually it comes as a surprise to people to learn that the Bible says we can be sure right now whether or not we are going to satisfy God and hence be admitted into his heaven. God has revealed his standard clearly in the Bible. Either we are meeting this standard or we are not. Just as you can tell whether a piece of cloth is too long or too short by measuring it against a yardstick, or tell whether or not you are on time by checking a clock, by using the Bible you can tell right now whether or not you are good enough to enter heaven.

God’s Standard For Entering The Kingdom Of Heaven

The Standard Is Perfection

Just how good do you have to be to be acceptable to God? The Bible says you must be perfect. Perhaps you are thinking that you didn’t hear me correctly. You did. The Bible says you have to be perfect—in fact you must be as perfect as Jesus Christ. Nothing less will satisfy God. Let me prove it to you by quoting the Bible. Quoting Moses, the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Galatia in Galatians 3:10, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” If we don’t keep the whole law perfectly, God said we are cursed. There is nothing gray here. Either we have kept the whole l...

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