This week Passover begins and I don’t know about you but this the story had me thinking about what we are going through today.
“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, what mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, it is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshiped. And the children of Israel went away and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.
And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said."
Passover is one of the greatest events in the Bible, but sometimes, we do not utilize the advantages and lessons that we can learn from it. The Passover was the day that the Lord God, made the angel of death pass over the Hebrew houses in Egypt, after they had sprinkled the blood of the lamb on their lintel, as a sign on their doorposts. Passover was the day that the stubborn pursuer, Pharaoh was defeated. After the Passover, he had no option but to release God’s people. After the Passover, there was no contest again. The Pharaoh that said: “I know not the Lord, neither will I let the people go!”, was the same person that said: “... Go, serve the Lord as you have said.”
The Passover gave an illustration of what God could do and He is still doing, when He has had enough. It is an illustration of the binding power of the covenant of blood. God said they should take a male lamb that is one year old and that is without blemish, kill it and smear the blood on the lintel of their doorposts. They should put it on three spots: above and alongside, on the right and on the left, so that anyone who passes under it into the house will be covered. The three spots could be taken to represent the sign of the cross on which the Lord Jesus Christ died at Calvary for the remission of our sins.
These three spots could also represent God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They were not to put it on the floor. They should not step on it because you cannot step on the blood of remission. In the same way, you cannot trample upon the Blood of Jesus, but you can seek refuge under it and be covered by it. The Passover that happened in Egypt was an interesting event because all depended on the blood from the basin to the doorposts without sprinkling it or spilling it on the floor. If they did it incorrectly, they would have had problems. It is amazing to find out that a small thing could bring a solution to a big problem.
Today we do not give a sacrifice to the Lord in the form of an unblemished animal. We understand that Jesus shed His blood on the cross as our sacrifice. We no longer need to shed the blood of an animal for God, instead, we tithe, we walk away from the worldly things that are not pleasing to God. We believe and worship God and praise Him. We trust in Him. We are faithful and pray to Him throughout the day.
This is an interesting time that we are going through right this very moment. Many are living in fear of this worldwide pandemic. Children of God know that fear is not of God. If you have faith in God then you know that He will watch over you and protect you.
That doesn’t mean that you can do as you please. You still need to heed the warnings and do as you need to stay well. Not just in this pandemic but this is a lesson for all things now and that is to come. We see that if we don’t do as we should there are real consequences to endure.
Follow Jesus Christ, keep the faith in Jesus strong, and follow the laws given to you. Allow God to do the rest. Tell God that you are giving Him your fears and problems and that you trust Him to take care of it. Then thank Him for handling it for you right then. Don’t wait until He does it. Thank Him right then because you know that He will handle it for you. It shows your faith and trust in Him. Just as the Israelites trusted in Him, did as they were told, stayed home and went to bed. In the morning those who obeyed God and did as they were told were spared.
Exodus 12:21-31 KJV