Bitter Herbs

By: J.A.


I understand that the Passover lamb speaks of the death of Christ, but what do the bitter herbs speak of? Can you explain? Your brother, P. B.


The answer to your question is of profound importance for each and every Christian to appreciate.

The bitter herbs speak of self-judgment brought into our souls through grace as a result of feeding on Christ as to His death, and as to the judgment He endured from the hand of God. Meditating on this will cause us to feel and regard sin and self the way God regards them. With the flesh roasted with fire there was the need to eat both unleavened bread and bitter herbs The unleavened bread reminds us that we are to be apart from the corruption and inflation of the flesh, to abhor sin and to sin not (see 1 Jn. 2:1).

In the death of Christ man after the flesh has been judged and I need to have the same assessment as God and judge self practically (see Rom. 8:18).

In conclusion, bitterness was an act of self judgment (Num. 5:17-25, Rev. 10:9-10)

The myrrh that was offered to the Lord Jesus is derived from the same word, bitter, which speaks of the suffering love of Christ as He endured God’s holy judgment.

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