Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. (Exodus 12:3, 7)
Knowing Pharaoh would refuse to let the Hebrews go, God sent Moses back to Egypt with strict instructions. God had a plan to show His sovereignty over all the people and their false gods. He sent nine plagues on the land that affected all the Egyptians but none of the Hebrews. Each time, Pharaoh promised to free the slaves. And each time, Pharaoh went back on his word. His actions may have surprised and bewildered Moses and the rest of the Hebrews, but God knew the Pharaoh’s heart. The Lord had one final plague that would strike fear in the Egyptian’s hearts causing them to not only beg the Hebrews to leave, but to send them away with an abundance of supplies and wealth.
The final plague was the death of the firstborn male in every household from the livestock to the people even Pharaoh.
Now God gave specific instructions to His people. They were to kill a lamb without spot or blemish. It was to be roast, not boiled. They were to eat it all in haste with bitter herbs. If any meat remained in the morning, they were to burn it. And the most important instruction of all was to smear the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. When God saw the blood, He passed over those houses. But in the houses without the blood, He killed the firstborn in the land. But He spared the Hebrews who had believed and obeyed Moses commandment concerning the lamb.
This event is the significant foreshadowing of Christ in the Old Testament. God has given His instructions concerning freedom from sin and death to all people. If we believe and obey by covering the doorposts of our hearts with the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ, God will pardon and deliver us out of bondage. He will lead us into the Promised Land—His kingdom.
You can read about the plagues of Egypt in Exodus chapters 7 through 12.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter I?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks