Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #95
TEXT: Exodus 12:1-13
For hundreds of years, the children of Israel were enslaved in the land of Egypt. They served the Pharaohs as farmers, sheep-herders, and construction workers. Perhaps many of the pyramids and other ancient structures which are still standing in Egypt today were built by Hebrew hands. However, one day, God raised up Moses to command Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go and to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land. Of course, we know that Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go free. However, while Moses was being used by God to speak His words to Pharaoh, Moses was also being used by God to prepare the Hebrews to leave the land of Egypt.
One of the ways in which God told Moses to prepare the Hebrews for the exodus was by implementing the Passover ritual. The passage which we have just read describes God’s command to the children of Israel regarding what they should do for the Passover. While the Passover is now a Jewish holiday of remembrance, it is also a holiday that is full of meaning for us today. Morris Joseph, a rabbi from New York in the late 1800s said that the “Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.”
Not only is the Passover a image of the national salvation of a people, it is also an image of the personal salvation which would be provided many years later through the blood of the Lamb of God, Lord Jesus Christ. In this, the beginning of the Passover tradition, we see three significant aspects of being under the blood of the lamb.
1. We see the precious and painful sacrifice. Our passage states, “In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house…And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”
2. Secondly, in this passage, we see the partaking of the sacrifice. After the lamb was killed, the family was to “eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it…And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning.”
3. The third thing we see from this passage is the protection that came from the sacrifice. The Bible states that “they shall take of the blood of the lamb, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment…And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you.”
+ Plus, listen to Cece and Bebe Winans singing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and Hillsong singing “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”