1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 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. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 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. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.
12 “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. 13 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.
24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” – Exodus 12:1-12, 24-27
I love the Holy Week. Yesterday, Passover began. This is an amazing promise from God to spare His children from the worst of the plagues in Egypt. It was after this night that they were freed from slavery.
All the preparations for the Passover meal were done this way for a reason. Basically, the blood was to for the Angel of Death to know which homes to pass over. The lack of yeast and the roasting of the lamb was to allow for a quick meal so the Israelites could get out quickly. Why? God knew. He knew the Pharaoh would let them go, but He also knew that they would be chased down by the Egyptians.
I love the Passover story. What I love more is the story of Good Friday where God took His perfect son, and sacrificed him so that the Angel of Death will passover all of us who are washed in the blood of the Lamb. And He rose again, just as He said so that we may also rise into the newness of life when we accept Jesus as our Savior.
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