THE PASSOVER INSTITUTED
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. (Exodus 12:1-14).
This is the peak of the various punishments that God brought upon the Egyptians. The children of Israel had to make themselves ready by killing a lamb, and putting the blood of the lamb upon their doors and lintels. The specification of this sacrifice was well detailed which is always the pattern of His instruction. The way He wants things done must be strictly adhered to. The type of lamb (from sheep or goat), one year old, without blemish, must be roasted, (not boiled), must be eaten while dressed up in a particular way, and none must remain till the next day. It must be eaten with unleavened bread (bread without yeast). This is the PASSOVER because that night the Angel of death will pass through the land of Egypt and the blood on their doors will be a sign to show where the children of Israel were, and the angel will pass over them. It would be a night of great deliverance, while the Egyptians would be witnessing deaths of all their first born, the children of Israel would be marching out of the land rejoicing for all that God had done for them.
God had now established the way to continue to remember the great deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt and this Passover should be done from generation to generation as an everlasting ordinance. This represented the “yet-to come” deliverance of the human race from slavery to sin. Just as the children of Israel were in bondage to the Egyptians, so also the entire human race are in bondage to sin. Right from the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned, sin passed to all human race and we all became slaves to sin. Therefore as we shall see later in the scriptures what Passover represents is the gift we receive through Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross, and the blood he shed was for the remission of our sins. Once the blood of Jesus is over us , we are saved from death and we passed into life. Romans 3:23 says “the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thus those who have given their life to Christ have this coverage of protection. Otherwise one will face the consequences of sin as the Egyptians have been subjected to different kinds of torture because of their sin. The Lord will keep us protected to the end in Jesus Name. Amen. Remain Blessed.