21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.
On Saturday, we looked at the first Passover as we read Exodus 12.
We saw God give detailed instructions so the Israelites would be protected and delivered when He made His ride through Egypt. What a great lesson in knowing that God truly does care about the detail. Sometimes in life, we just slide through and accept the lie of the enemy that says God doesn’t care about detail. He is much too busy…as Nike says, “Just do it.” But that certainly is not what we see here. Instead, we see the Lord give very specific instructions. The people were responsible to listen and obey. The lives of their firstborn sons was dependent upon it.
- Each Israelite family was to select a one year old sheep or goat without blemish or defect, from the flock to be eaten on the night God would pass through the land of Egypt. They were to do this on the tenth of the month and on the 14th of the month the lamb was to be killed at twilight.
- The Israelites were to collect the blood of the lamb and use hyssop to smear it on the top and sides of the doorframes of their houses. This was to be a sign to the Lord as He passed through Egypt. No one was to go out the door until morning.
- The lamb was to be roasted whole and eaten with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. The meal was to be with urgency for “this is the Lord’s Passover.” The Israelites were to be dressed for their departure with cloaks tucked in, sandals on their feet, and staffs in their hands.
“On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! 13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:12-13).”
This is a picture of the greater work that Jesus finished as the Sacrificial Lamb to pay the wage of sin for the world. He was born into sin that we would live again. The precious Lamb of God! We? Yes, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Salvation requires the blood of a lamb, without spot or blemish. No one is able to do this but Jesus the Christ. The Word of God:
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life (Leviticus 17:11).”
“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22).”
“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:11-14).”
“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed (1 Corinthians 5:7).”
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:18-19).”
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith (Romans 3:22-23).”
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)!”
“36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God (John 1:36)!”
May we all listen and obey. Our eternal and abundant life depends on it!
The Lord does care about the details: Jesus is The Way, The Truth, The Life!