2018-11-18 - Exodus ~ The Institution of Passover
Moses' Instructions, Exodus 12:21-28
Having received the instructions from the Lord regarding the details of the keeping of Passover, Moses called for the elders, and passed on the orders to them. With the slaying of the Passover Lamb, the last steps are being taken to prepare for the departure from Egypt. Moses gives the specific instructions that will lead to their safety, when the Lord passes through the nation, taking the lives of the firstborn. They are to take the blood of the lamb, and using hyssop, they are to “paint” it on the door frame, the side posts and the lintel, the support over the top of the door. It is the sight of this blood that will cause the Lord to have the destroyer pass over their home, sparing them.
The blood is painted on the door, that is covering the house, and all that are within the house are covered by it. We will see something similar with the service of the temple, but the picture here is the effect of the covering. We must remember that Christ’s blood doesn’t mean that our sins no longer matter, but that they have been paid for. Our sins are covered by Christ’s blood, and so God no longer sees them. Sin is not excused; it is paid for.
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” …“ … since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” …“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God” (Romans 4:7–8; 5:1, 8–9)
Once again, just as the Hebrew who didn’t sprinkle the blood on his door posts would have to face death in his house, so will the individual who doesn’t accept the blood of Christ have to face eternal death. There is NO Other Way.
Moses then instructs the people as to the perpetual nature of this feast, and reinforces the importance, by telling them that they are to tell their children of the Lord’s word through all generations. It is here we see what became part of the Seder, the asking of questions by the children, and the answering by the parents. The story of Passover was to be recounted for all times, by the Hebrew people to their children.
The focus, then, here is the efficacious nature of the shed blood,
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”...“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”...“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God” (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 5:9)
Exodus study to be continued.
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