Daily Bible Reading: Acts 8:26 – 40
Verse of the Day: Acts 8:32 – “Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb,
So he openeth not his mouth…”
αμνος. The New Testament writers often referred to Jesus as being the lamb or the Lamb of God. This was drawn from the Old Testament pictures about the sacrificial lamb.
In the minds of the Jewish hearers, the use of the Lamb of God would bring to mind the account of the Passover lamb (consider Ex. 12). The prophets gave the pictures of sacrificial lambs in their prophecies (i.e., Isa. 53:7). The Law gave the instructions on how the sacrifices and the lambs were to be handled (Lev. 14:12, 21, 24; Num. 6:12). The pictures and prophecies in the Old Testament were given to help them (and us) see that the coming Messiah would not be a philosopher nor a teacher of morals. He would come to do what we cannot do for ourselves, take away our sin.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You came to be my sacrifice, my substitute, my Lamb. Amen.