[CF Devotionals] 2018-11-11 - Exodus ~ The Institution of Passover

Death and Life

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God makes it clear to both Moses and Aaron, what His intents are here. He was killing the firstborn, not only men, but animals, as well. The intent is also to show the plague was not judgment on the people, but Egypt’s gods. The death of the animals showed the impotence of the gods for, as we have seen, most of the animals were deified by the Egyptians. As we have stated before, the primary purpose here was to show God’s glory - that He is God. Only secondarily was the purpose to lead to the release of the Hebrew people.

The gods possibly attacked here, aside from the animal related gods, were “Min, god of reproduction; Heqet, goddess who attended women at childbirth, Isis, goddess who protected children; Pharaoh’s firstborn son, a god.” 2 

The sign of God’s mercy was the shed blood of the lamb. Stated this way, it was an illustration of Christ’s shed blood. It is unquestionable that it was the shed blood which saved, not the fact one was an Israelite or an Egyptian. After all, John the Baptizer said of Christ,

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 ESV)

Again, the idea was just that the lamb was spotless and without blemish so Christ was sinless, so that He could take on our Sin.

“For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh” …“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (Romans 8:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV).

This is one of the most important accounts in the Old Testament, for it clearly shows God had the specifics of our salvation planned out from the very beginning. The other point to note here is that it was only the blood that provided salvation, nothing else. It is only Christ’s blood that saves, not blood plus church membership, not blood plus a Christian family, not blood plus baptism, not blood plus one’s prophetic view, only Christ’s blood.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

To truly understand the basis of salvation, one must recognize one cannot do anything to earn salvation, even if it is in addition to accepting the blood of Christ. Christ plus anything actually means that it is doubtful if the person is really saved at all, for it is clear Christ’s work is not understood.

One could spend weeks on just these few verses, showing how they foreshadowed much of scripture. The Lord instructs the men that this day, that is the day death passes them by, will become a memorial, a celebration for the Hebrew people, for all future generations. Notice it is to be a permanent or maybe even an eternal ordinance. Or as noted previously, it wouldn’t be a surprise, if Passover were celebrated during the Kingdom Age.

Now, here we see the actual details of the feast that is sometimes also called “The Feast of Unleavened Bread.” First, the people were to eat unleavened bread for seven days. In fact, they were to get all leaven out of their homes. This spoke of the need for a sinless condition before the Lord. It is only Messiah who could comply with the requirement. Any that were found to have eaten leaven were cut off, that is, cast out of fellowship with the nation.

“And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.””...“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (Mark 8:15; 1 Corinthians 5:6–8 ESV)

Scripture makes it clear that what is being dealt with here is sin. Those who reject Christ’s payment for sin also have no fellowship with God.

The Passover actually lasted seven days, with the first and the last being set aside as Holy or separated days. These days were special, with no work to be performed, but only honoring the Lord and remembering what He had done for the nation.

In Verses 17 through 20, Moses repeats the instructions to emphasize the importance of the feast, and that it was to be celebrated in perpetuity within the nation. This repetition is a typically Hebrew form.

It should also be noted that it wasn’t keeping of the feast that provided salvation. While it did affect one's fellowship within the nation of Israel, it did not put one right with God. It was the placing of the blood, to cover the people, that was the basis of safety. Exodus study to be continued.

    Hannah, John D., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Volume 1, “Exodus,” Victor Books, Wheaton, IL., 1986, p.. 120.

    Exodus study to be continued.

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