“Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel’s – nay, God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national. “ - Morris Joseph
We come to one of the most powerful parts of the entire book of Exodus, yea the entire Bible. The Passover is not only a key in Israel’s liberation, exodus, and history, but it is one of the most powerful foreshadowing's and pictures of Christ in the Word of God.
After nine plagues, Moses has said he will not be seen by Pharaoh again. The heart of Pharaoh has been hardened and hardened so that it is nothing but stone. The Israelites are instructed to borrow gold, jewels, and valuables from their neighbors. The stage is completely set for one of the most amazing acts of God in the entire scope of human history.
Moses directs the people how to prepare by giving them the instructions given to him from God. A first year, perfect lamb was to be taken, killed, and its blood was to be smeared upon the door post. The lamb was then roasted, and was supposed to be eaten in haste… shoes on and staff in hand. That night the LORD went throughout Egypt. Executing judgement In every house where perfect blood was applied, the LORD passed over. For those who were not covered by the blood, death entered into that home. The firstborn was killed, stripped of life because the life of an innocent lamb was not given in their place. Payment was due at the hand of the Lord, and only perfect blood was acceptable to appease.
From that time forward, Israel would annually recognize the Passover. A yearly reminder that God had delivered them, and that perfection was required to appease our Holy God. No doubt Passover was a celebration and somber time.
Some hundreds of years later, Christ met with His disciples the night before His crucifixion and observed the Passover meal. At this meal, the picture came full circle. Christ said the unleavened bread was a picture His broken body , and the cup was a picture of His blood. Christ was that perfect Passover lamb. His blood must be applied to your life if God’s judgment would Passover.
I know most everyone who is reading this devotion is a believer, but if not would you accept Christ perfect sacrifice? Would you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved?
For those who have trusted Christ, when is the last time the Cross just enraptured and thrilled your soul? Will you take some time today, and think of the wonderful gift of salvation? God gave you grace, mercy, peace, and so much more! Passover is not just about God’s liberating power of a people or nation, but it is about His ability to liberate the soul.
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 10 - 12
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”