God of Another Chance

Numbers 9:3-11 “In the fourteenth day of this month, at even, ye shall keep it in his appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye keep it. 4 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover. 5 And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel. 6 And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: 7And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the Lord in his appointed season among the children of Israel? 8 And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you. 9 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 10 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the Lord. 11 The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.”

This is the Feast of Second Chances—they could keep the Passover the second month. God is the God of another chance. 

3,300 years ago, God miraculously delivered the Israelites from Egypt. He called an 80-year-old man to lead them. God sent a series of plagues and wonders on Egypt, from grasshoppers and locusts and frogs to hail to darkness to the death of the firstborn male. 

God gave the Israelites specific instructions to how to not have the plague hit them (the death of the firstborn male). The Israelites were spared from the plagues. They didn’t have to endure the darkness. The land of Goshen was protected. There was some invisible barrier. 

The last plague required the Israelites to do something in order to be safe from it. 

In the Old Testament, God is concealed. In the New Testament, God is revealed. God doesn’t change. He was a miracle worker then and now. If He required something back then, He still requires it today. Pay attention. 

There are some things God will protect you from, but there are other things you must do something in order to be protected or saved. He still provides protection, but your participation is required.

Thank God for His protection. Thank God also for the fact that we have to do something to be protected as well. 

The last plague was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. 

The Jews weren’t saved by their nationality. They were only saved because of the blood of the lamb, that Passover Lamb. We are saved today only because of the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. 

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

Passover is commemorated and celebrated every year since that first. It celebrates Israel’s delivery from Egypt. For us, we celebrate our deliverance from sin by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. 

There is a season for Passover. Jewish women will clean their kitchens to get rid of all leaven, no yeast in their homes anywhere. 

That first Passover, every household had to have a lamb that they would roast quickly and drain the blood to spread over their doorposts. They had the blood on the outside and the lamb on the inside. 

The blood got there because somebody killed a lamb, then spread it over their doorposts. 

The blood of Jesus is for everybody. It works for everybody, but not everybody is saved. You must apply it. The application of the blood is necessary for redemption and salvation. 

There were men who missed the Passover because they made a mistake and touched a dead body. Those who missed it couldn’t be part of the assembly. Passover is more important than any plan they might have had. There was preparation involved. 

This group of men was honoring the laws of God. They were honest about it and told Moses. They wanted to be part of the assembly. Moses’ response was ‘I need to ask the Lord about this.’ God’s response was ‘Yes, I will give them another chance.’ This is the Feast of Second Chances, Passover Lite. 

Passover was the prophecy, Calvary was the fulfillment. 

Passover brought them out of Egypt. Calvary delivers us from sin and allows us entrance into Life eternal. 

God is a God who provides another chance, the Feast of Second Chances. God is filled with second chances to people. 

It started in Genesis. Adam and Eve were told they would die if they ate of the fruit. Instead of dying instantly, an animal died for them. There were consequences, but they didn’t die immediately. 

Jonah was the worst missionary in the Bible. He was swallowed by a whale and he repented and was given a second chance. Paul of Tarsus persecuted Christians and became one of the greatest missionaries. Mary Magdalene was probably a prostitute and demon-possessed, but she was given a second chance and was the first to see Jesus after His resurrection.  

Passover is the feast that points to Calvary. You’ve got to have the blood of the lamb, on the outside and the Lamb on the inside. Something had to die, innocent, spotless. Jesus was the Lamb of God, His blood shed for us. 

The Kingdom of Heaven has come. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Ghost and fire. 

When Peter came to Jesus as a fisherman, Jesus said he’d make him a fisher of men. Peter walked on water. He was one of Jesus’ closest friends. He was in the inner-circle with Jesus. Jesus gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, ‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven.’ This was before Peter betrayed Him. Peter said he didn’t even know Jesus during His crucifixion. He even cursed. He denied Jesus three times. When the cock crowed, Jesus looked right at him. Peter was so busted and felt such remorse. At that, Peter had a choice, repent or take his own life. 

There is a time of conviction when you’ve made the same mistakes over and over again and you wonder if you’ll ever get things right. 

Peter wept. 

At the time of the resurrection, the stone was rolled away. Angels talked to people on earth. Jesus was alive. ‘Go tell the disciples and (even) Peter.’ He was the only one mentioned by name. This was God’s mercy and love.  

When Peter heard, he ran. John got there first. Peter was asking if things were all right. He saw Jesus in the upper room. Jesus reinstated Peter three times. 

Pentecost showed up and Peter preached and baptized. Then, he got old and wrote letters. 

1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

It was the blood of the Lamb. It’s precious, rare, and wonderful because we can partake of the second chance feast. You must have the blood. 

How do we get Jesus’ blood applied? 

1 John 1:7-10 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

When David was confronted by Nathan the prophet for his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. He wrote Psalm 51 after he’d been forgiven. 

Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

That hyssop (a leafy plant) is how the blood was applied by the priest on the Day of Atonement. 

Heb 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Lev 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Jesus lifted up the cup at Passover and changed what was said. 

Mat 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

It’s not grape juice that remits our sin. This was a hint at what was to come. Passover came right after the resurrection and the Holy Ghost fell. On the Day of Pentecost, things were crazy. Peter stood and preached about the crucified Lord. 

The people were convicted and said, ‘Now what?’ In other words, ‘I touched a dead body and I can’t participate in Passover, how do I make it right?’ 

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

The blood is applied through baptism in Jesus’ name. That is why we have another chance. 

1 Cor 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

This is a list of people who won’t inherit the Kingdom of God unless God does something. You must choose to not do these things, but God gives us the power to choose right and overcome. You are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. The name is tied to the blood. There is power in the Name. If you’ve been baptized in Jesus’ name, you have the privilege to come to Jesus and be forgiven and set free. The blood still works, even after you’ve sinned again. You can repent and be forgiven and restored. 

More Questions for Personal or Group Study:

  1. When have you been given a second chance? What were the circumstances?
  2. Why do you think people might not take advantage of a ‘second chance’?
  3. Read Psalm 51. What is David doing in these verses? What is he receiving? How can we follow his example in our own lives?
  4. How can you continue in the ‘Second Chance Feast’ you have been given through the blood of Jesus (Acts 2:38)?

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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