If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbour, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
This reminds me of the hymn, ‘Now none but Christ can satisfy’ – a song describing the spiritual search through arid places prior to finding (or being found by) Christ.
I understand that one of Peter Seller’s former wives said about him, ‘All his life he was searching for something he never found.’ He was a comic genius, but, tragically, he was also a tortured soul.
When I first met my wife, Jilly, who was not then my wife, she was a participant on a ‘Christianity Explored’ course. She was a ‘seeker’, looking into the Christian faith. In a brief conversation she told me that all her life she had been searching for something, but had always felt an emptiness in her heart. Apparently I said to her, ‘That’s your God-shaped hole.’ (Augustine famously said that God made us for Himself and our hearts find no rest until they rest in Him).
The Passover lamb, which as we know prefigures Christ, brought satisfaction. Everyone could eat and be satisfied. Ultimately Jesus fulfils this picture. He fills the heart as nothing and no-one else can, and He satisfies the hunger of all who turn to Him by faith.
By the way, it’s a lovely thought isn’t it about households ‘sharing’ a lamb? As Christians, we have Jesus in common, and sharing Him is the essence of all true fellowship.
‘Now none but Christ can satisfy, no other Name for me. There’s love and life and lasting joy, Lord Jesus found in thee.
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