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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

But with many of them God was not wellpleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted".

Their faith was addressed through sensible objects; ours through written testimony.

But for the most part professors look not beyond "the things which are seen and temporal".

Whether in Moses, or professedly in Christ, they are mere creatures of sensation, who walk by sight and not by faith.

Let us, reader, not be of this number; but let us rejoice in hope of the promise made to the fathers, though at present it seemeth not to the eye of sense to grow.

"If a man eat of this bread (the spiritual) he shall live for ever"; and, drinking of the blood of Christ, which is the spiritual drink represented by Horeb's stream, the rock of Israel will raise him up at the last day to life in the age to come.

But if, after their example, we love the present world, though we may have believed and obeyed the truth in the beginning, we shall come under the sentence of exclusion from "the rest which remains for the people of God".


On the tenth day of Abib, the first month of the year, being 430 from the confirmation of the covenant, the Israelites were commanded to put up a lamb for each house, and to kill it upon the fourteenth day in the evening.

They were to take its blood and to sprinkle it upon the door-posts of their houses, and to eat its flesh that same night, roast with fire, with unleavened bread, and bitter herbs.

Nothing of it was to be left till morning.

They were also to eat it in haste, as if about to hurry off upon a journey.

The meaning of this was, that God was about to destroy the first-born of every family in Egypt, which would cause them to be thrust out of Egypt with great haste; and that when the destroying angel should see the blood on the door-posts, he would pass over that house, and not destroy the first-born there.

For this cause the lamb was termed the Lord's Passover.

Not a bone of it was to be broken.

No stranger, foreigner, hired person, or uncircumcised individual, was to eat of it; a servant, however, bought with the money of an Israelite, provided he were circumcised, was permitted to partake of it.

But this institution represented more than the facts upon which it was founded.

It pointed to events which would be connected with later generations of Israel.

The apostle styles Christ the believers' passover, who was sacrificed for them; and exhorts them to "keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth".

Jesus was the Lamb of the feast whom God had provided.

Not a bone of him was broken.

His blood was sprinkled, not upon the door-posts of houses, but upon the doors of believers' hearts by faith in the blood of sprinkling.