Bible Commentary: “Passover” The Days Of LentApril 22, 2016 at 11:24 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“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.” (Exodus 12:13 NKJV)
The feast of Passover begins tonight at sundown. Because of the importance of this time we will review its meaning so we can be inspired in our spiritual walk.
“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 day 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).
“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did (Exodus 12:21-28).
Jesus is our Passover! He is the Lamb that was slain. It is His blood that God sees when He sees us and our iniquity is covered and His wrath passes over us. But just for a moment let us see one more shadow of Jesus in what is written. “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” (Exodus 12:7), And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning” (Exodus 12:7). The first time they put the blood on the doorposts and the lintel but the second time the command was to strike the lintel and the doorposts. Strike is a violent word, it requires a strong movement. This is not a painter painting on canvas gently placing brushstrokes, this is violent action against four points on the door: the top, the bottom and both sides. The lintel is the top and bottom of the door and both doorposts or either side. Jesus took nails in both hands, which are the doorposts or sides and nails in His feet, which is the bottom of the lintel. The crown of thorns made the blood flow from His head which is the blood at the top of the lintel. As the crown and the nails were violence on Him to make His blood flow there is the reason for the command to strike the doorposts and lintel.
Child of God – Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). Not only is Jesus our Passover, not only is He our sacrificial Lamb, Not only is it His blood that covers us but He is our Door of salvation that was struck with the blood and that was the signal to the angel to not strike this house. Jesus is our complete Passover sacrifice! Let us join with the people of Israel and bow our heads and worship!
Lord,I praise you for what you did on the cross to save me. You gave your life so I can be saved! Thank you for your faithfulness and your great love. Because of your sacrifice I know now that my sins have been forgiven and I will be spared of the judgment that I deserved. Thank you Lord. Amen.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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