Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt ….” Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “God at once and select the animal for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, He will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over the doorway, and He will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.”
Revelation 5:6, 9-10
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it has been slain, standing in the center before the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders …. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God members of every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
- Reflect On: Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23; Revelation 5:6-10
- Praise God: For purchasing your soul with the currency of His Son’s death.
- Offer Thanks: Because God Himself is your safety.
- Confess: Any complacency about living your life for Christ.
- Ask God: To help you approach each day with hope and trust.
..Why did God insist on a visible mark to distinguish between His people and the Egyptians? Couldn’t He tell the difference? Of course, it was people and not God who needed this visible sign of God’s protection. But what does this have to do with us today?
…What if the Exodus story tells us something about our own future? What if it points to another Passover Lamb, to Jesus of Nazareth, who was Himself killed…? What if it is His blood that marks us and sets us apart as God’s people so that when the angel of death passes over at the final judgment, we will experience not death …but life forever?
Indeed, belonging to Jesus, the Lamb of God, is the only security system capable of preserving us from death. … That is the hope we share, believing as we do that because Jesus lives in us, the Father will one day raise us up with Him to a place that is eternally secure.
Take a moment to close your eyes and lift your heart to Jesus, the Lamb. Imagine Him slain for you. Now picture Him alive again and standing next to God’s throne in heaven. What do you see? What does He say? How do you respond?