The Lord said to Moses and Aaron:
“This month will be the very first month of the year for you.
Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth day of this month each man must take a lamb for his family.
Your lamb must be a one-year-old male that has no defects.
Take care of it until the fourteenth day of this month.
Then at dusk, all the assembled people of Israel must slaughter their animals.
They must take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames
of the houses where they will eat the animals.
On that same night I will go throughout Egypt and kill every firstborn male,
I will severely punish all the gods of Egypt, because I am the Lord.
But the blood on your houses will be a sign for your protection.
When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
Nothing will touch or destroy you when I strike Egypt.
For 430 years (Exodus 12:40) Israel groaned (Exodus 1:14) under cruel Egyptian bondage. God heard their cries for help (Exodus 2:23-25) and devised a plan of deliverance. (Exodus 3:7-8)
The first step was to choose a leader. Moses was the man. (Exodus 3:10)
The second element: Moses would confront Pharaoh with ten plagues of ravishing destruction, the tenth of which was the final blow: at midnight every first born human and animal would be eliminated. (Exodus 11:4-6)
The third component involved the community of Israel. They were instructed to slaughter a lamb without defects. The blood that flowed (cf. The Lamb of God – Part 2) should be applied to the door frame of each Israeli residence.
The result? Because of the blood applied, the people would be ransomed and redeemed … set free from the bondage of destruction and death. They would journey to a new life. God would protect them. Nothing would be able to touch them.
Centuries later, that which was pointed to in the original Passover became reality in the Lamb of God. As the Jewish people were slaughtering symbols in the Temple at Jerusalem, the Reality was being crucified (slaughtered) outside the city on a Cross. As the blood flowed, you were being rescued from bondage to the penalty and power of sin. (1 Peter 1:18-19) There the gates of a New Life were unlocked for you. There also, a divine protection policy was purchased such that nothing can touch you other than that which will promote the Creator’s original design for your life. “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8:38-39)
There is but one, crucial ingredient! Just as the Jews had to apply the blood of the slaughtered lamb to the entrance of their homes, you must also apply the blood of the Lamb of God to the entrance of your heart; no payment required, just faith. Have you accepted the Gift?