Exodus 12:3,6-7,12-13,30-32 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household... Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door-frames of the houses where they eat the lambs... “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt... Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
A bitter end to centuries of bondage and a whole host of new regulations is an apt summary of today's chapter. 51 power-packed verses of history, prophecy and customs made for a great read but also caused me to wonder what God was speaking through this challenging passage.
When we read the newspaper and glance over reports of murder, war and death, we tend not to be too concerned because those stories are not about us. We just feel momentary sadness and then get on with our lives.
Here however is the story of great hurt and painful death and if one were to call themselves Christian, this story is their own heritage and it has to be embraced and understood to grow from.
After 12 days of reading Exodus, it is such a relief to arrive at the day when hard-hearted Pharaoh let the captives go free. It took death to open the eyes of a sinful people!
Before God redeemed His people, the Israelites lived 430 years with no hope. The freedom they now gained was not something they had every envisioned and probably not something they fully understood.
Over two million people were released from captivity overnight not by the act of man but by the ordination of God, a holy and living God.
The passover lamb was instituted one thousand four hundred and forty years before Jesus came into the world and was a reflection of what He would become, the lamb of God.
The Israelites were freed from bondage by obeying God's direction to them of sacrificing a lamb, painting it's blood on the door-frames of their homes and eating its meat, all with proper preparation.
In much the same way, Jesus was brought into this world, lived a sinless life for 33 years, was falsely accused and sentenced to death in the most humiliating way, suffered, died, was buried and after three days rose again to go back to His father.
The sacrifice Jesus made is the passover for each of us who lives in bondage to sin. His death gives us life, his shed blood washes our sins - past, present and future - away and His resurrection gives us hope of being raised with Him to be in God's presence for eternity.
Are you willing to paint Jesus' blood on the door-frames of your life if you have not already done so and being called one of His own?
If you have been saved by His redeeming blood, are you living witnesses of His goodness to you and in so doing keeping the ordinance of passover alive to your loved ones and those around you?
In His Loving Service,
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast--as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
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