The message was brought by Rev. James Childers.
Exodus 12: 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
God instituted something special for the children of Israel. They took a lamb without spot and blemish. It was kept 14 days and inspected to ensure it had no blemishes. If it did, it could not be used. This lamb is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was without sin, 100% perfect, both God and man. They were told the take the lamb, kill it, and apply the blood on the lintels of the doorposts. We say the death angel passed over, but it was God who passed through the land. If blood was applied the firstborn in that household was spared. If the blood was not there, the firstborn died. Every household was to take a lamb. One lamb would feed about 10 people. If the house was too small to eat that lamb, they were to share it with the family next door. Every family was to be protected. God made provisions for every person in the plan of salvation. It is for everybody. The Lamb is Jesus. He’s too much Lamb for my family. I have to share him. Every family that lives around us is important to God and shame on us if we don’t share him.
Let’s talk about some times in the Bible when there was too much Lamb.
The Lamb was too much for the furnace. In Daniel chapter 3 we find a big image of Nebuchadnezzar which was 90’ tall and 50’ wide. It was set in the plain of Dura. The people were gathered and when the music started everyone was supposed to bow down and worship. Everyone bowed except three fellows. Nebuchadnezzar was told about it. He liked these boys, so he had a conversation with them. He gave them a second chance to bow. They told the king they would not bow. To these boys, Nebuchadnezzar’s god was the wrong size. This god could be measured. The Bible is careful to tell us the measurements. I serve a God who can’t be measured. Isaiah chapter 40 asks who we can compare God with. There is nothing. By the span of his hand God holds the waters of this world. That’s a big God! Nebuchadnezzar’s god was the wrong sort. He could be melted. They melted gold and made this god; all they would have to do is melt him down again and reshape him. You and I go to pieces over what happens to us. I serve a God who can’t be melted. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. Nebuchadnezzar’s god was the wrong set up. He could be moved. He was moved to the plain of Dura and could be moved elsewhere. I serve a God who can’t be moved. He’s not nervous or sitting in a rocker wringing his hands. He’s too much Lamb for the furnace. It was heated seven times hotter than ever. The men who threw the boys into the furnace died doing so. Kings don’t usually wait around to see what happens, but Nebuchadnezzar stayed. What he saw made him nervous. He said did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire… Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. There wasn’t even the smell of smoke on them. Their hair was not singed. How? He’s too much Lamb for the furnace! He’ll be there for us when life gets tough.
First Samuel 17 tells us he is too much Lamb for the fight. One army was on a hill; one army was on another hill. They mocked each other. Goliath yelled for someone to fight him, and no one went. Little David heard it and wanted to know why nobody was fighting. He went in the name of the Lord with five stones. Five is the number of grace. He only needed one—the number of unity—God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He put the stone in his sling shot and hit the only unprotected part of that giant’s armor. Down he went. I see the picture of several things in a Christian’s life. The giant underestimated the enemy. He said am I a dog that you send a little boy after me. Goliath underestimated David. We can’t fight the devil by ourselves. We need each other. We need the Bible. Goliath had an unprotected mind. He was hit in the forehead because it was not protected. We have to be careful what we put in our mind. Guard it. That’s how the devil attacked Eve, and he’d attacking the mind more than ever. Goliath had an unsheathed sword. I don’t see where he ever drew it. David did that. Our sword is the Word, and it’s all we need. Goliath was standing on un-level ground. You can’t fight like that. You need sure footing. You cannot be a Christian with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. Make up your mind. When that rock hit Goliath, he fell on his face. I’ve been hit in the head with a baseball. I didn’t fall forward. I fell backward. The only way to explain what happened is that about the time the stone reached him, God took his big hand and slapped him down. There was too much Lamb for the fight. When the fights come, make sure you’re not the starter of them. Don’t have a chip on your shoulder. There are too many fights ahead of us without starting our own.
In John chapter 19 there was too much Lamb for that fateful day. Verse 18 uses these 4 words: where they crucified him. Where is the place. They are the people. Crucified is the purpose. Him is the person. There has never been anyone like him and there never will be. He was crucified on Calvary. The devil thought he’d won. I can hear him say “we got him.” Death yelled “I’ve got him.” On the third day, the angel moved that stone and sat on it. He had a front row seat for the collision between heaven and hell. There was too much Lamb for the grave. Because he lives, I’ll live.
The day I’ll leave is getting closer. Yours could be too. You don’t have to be old to leave here. Someone will meet me at the river and take me to the other side. He’s too much Lamb for my final day. I hope he is yours too.