Day 10

The Passover



Exodus 12:1-51, Exodus 13:1-16, Psalm 51:7, John 1:29

BY Ellen Taylor

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-51, Exodus 13:1-16, Psalm 51:7, John 1:29

When I was a clumsy and uncoordinated middle schooler, I somehow managed to make the seventh grade cheerleading squad. I ended up loving it so much that it became the highlight of my awkward middle school years, and every year after, until I graduated from high school.

One of the biggest perks that came with being a member of the cheerleading squad was the cute t-shirt the school gave us to wear on game days. It was red, with “Eagles” embroidered across the front. Like a 12-year-old’s version of a letterman’s jacket, our red t-shirts were a way to show what we were a part of, where we belonged. We often use material objects to distinguish ourselves, like wearing wedding bands to mark a marriage covenant, or black clothing in times of grieving.

In Exodus 12, God told the Israelites to use a special tactic to protect themselves from the plague that He would be sending through the land of Egypt. The Israelites were to mark their doors using the blood of the lamb they’d slaughtered. When the Lord saw the blood above the door, He would pass over them, keeping them safe from the plague (Exodus 12:13). The Israelites called this event the Passover, and Moses instructed the elders of Israel to keep this tradition and celebrate it every year:

When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, you are to observe this ceremony. When your children ask you, “What does this ceremony mean to you?” you are to reply, “It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when he struck the Egyptians and spared our homes.”
—Exodus 12:25-27

The blood of the lamb was a distinguishing mark for the Israelites as God’s people.

The blood of the lamb saved them from the destruction coming to the Egyptians as a result of the plague.

After the lamb was sacrificed and the door marked with blood, the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt and out of slavery, by the strength of His hand (Exodus 13:16).

In a similar fashion, the blood of Christ is a distinguishing mark for us, as Christians. Because of Jesus, we are able to live freely by the grace He bought for us through His spotless life, death, and resurrection. His blood distinguishes us and sets us apart as a royal priesthood of believers called to spread the good news of the gospel to others (1 Peter 2:9). All of this is possible because “Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

The blood of the Lamb is a distinguishing mark for us, reminding us of His sacrifice and setting us apart as believers.

The blood of the Lamb washes us whiter than snow (John 1:29).

The blood of the Lamb reminds us of our salvation and pushes us to live a life of freedom (Galatians 5:1).

My middle school cheerleading shirt was a fun distinguishing mark, but I’m thankful to have the mark of Christ’s blood to mark my salvation and proclaim my righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Israelites were kept safe from the plague by the mark on their doors, and Christ’s blood is a mark on our hearts, of the redemption found in Him. Thanks be to God.

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75 thoughts on "The Passover"

  1. Clare Lafaele says:

    ❤️❤️

  2. Jess Robinson says:

    ❤️

  3. Katie Kennedy says:

    Just as the Lord see the sacrificed blood on the doorposts of the Israelites, He sees on us the sacrificed blood of His Son! Hallelujah! We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world!

  4. Brittany Couch says:

    Because of Jesus we are able to live a life freely by the grace bought by his spotless, life, death and resurrection. Thank Lord for you love for us!

  5. Allison Joy says:

    I know I’m late to commenting, so I don’t know how many will see this, but something struck me as I was reading this passage.

    Even thought the Bible doesn’t give an exact time line between the plagues, I had always thought it was kind of rapid fire, one almost right after the other. But then we get to the last plague, and there are at least 14 days between the last plague of the death of the first born sons, as they had to keep the Passover lamb for 14 days before they sacrificed it. I wonder if this was just enough time to lure Pharaoh into a false sense of security? To think that maybe the Israelites had given up.

    And also, the Israelites had to wait 2 more weeks for their redemption. But God had a plan even in that, because it marked 430 years of captivity to the day.

    1. Lauren W says:

      I never considered that; thank you, Allison! I’m so glad you commented.

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