Ex 12:12                    It Is the LORD’s Passover                                    8/30/2009      ßà   

  • I Will Pass Through the Land of Egypt (Deut 32:39, 1Sam 2:6, Isa 45:7, Rom 8:28, Ex 12:1-14)

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       When I See the Blood (Ex 12:13,23,12, 1John 1:6-7, Psalm 82:1,6-7, Ex 22:28)

 

 

 

 

 

  • God Will See Himself a Lamb for a Burnt Offering (Gen 22:8, Col 2:9, Ex 12:14, Prov 21:1)

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       Keeping a Memorial (Ex 12:14, Matt 28:1, Deut 18:22, Gal 1:8-9)

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Blood of the Lamb Shall Make You Free (Ex 12:7, Heb 11:28, Prov 8:1,34-35, John 17:3, Heb 9:22, Lev 17:11, Isa 53:10-12, (Ex 12:8-10, Jer 15:16, Ps 119:103))

 

 

 

 

 

  • Blood in the Basin (Ex 12:22, 14)

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 12:1 (2X). We have come to the declaration of the Passover to the children of Israel. In Ex 11 we have seen the declaration of the 10th plague to the Egyptians. But now, in Ex 12, we read about the declaration of the Passover to the children of Israel, including all the details of the Passover ceremony. And now we read also more clearly who the Angel of Death is; it is the LORD Himself. Therefore the title of this sermon is, It Is the LORD’s Passover (2X). Jehovah Himself shall go through the land of Egypt and execute judgments on all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. Do we realize what God is saying here? God says in Ex 12:12 (2X),

·           I Will Pass Through the Land of Egypt (Deut 32:39, 1Sam 2:6, Isa 45:7, Rom 8:28, Ex 12:1-14)

This is an awesome concept. God Himself is sowing death and destruction over all that live in the land of Egypt. The good God, of whom we learned that He loved us from everlasting past, who loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the world in order that we might become saved, who loved us so much that He was not willing that anyone should perish, who loved us so much that He made His Son endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for unworthy sinners, the good God who said that He delights in mercy, who said that He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, who said that whoever does not love does not know God for God is love, Yes, this same God is the one who sends death and destruction throughout the land of Egypt. This is the same God who said in Deut 32:39, “I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.” This is the same God who said in 1Sam 2:6, “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.” This is the same God who said in Isa 45:7, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” And if all this information is new to us, we must change our concept of who God is, for we must learn to know Him as He is, and not as we would like Him to be, according to our concept of God. Indeed God is good, but we have to learn this from God’s vantage point. God is good only toward His elect as is so explicitly stated in Rom 8:28,

Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Indeed God is good toward them “who are the called according to His purpose.” And all examples that I quoted, where God is described as a good God toward mankind, these are all referring to God’s relationship with His elect, and not His relationship with all mankind. And thus when God announces in Ex 12:12, “I will pass through the land of Egypt”, we can expect much death and destruction wherever God passes through. Whenever a tornado touches down, remember who did it. God is gently reminding us that there is a judgment day coming which is far worse than the touch down of a tornado. It was not Satan, for Satan does not want to remind us of judgment day. There is only one God, and Satan can only do what God allows him to do. Whenever we get sick, or we contract the “swine-flu”, remember who did it. It is God who is reminding us of our mortality. And so, whenever we read in the Bible, “It is the LORD’s Passover,” let us remember with great awe and worship who it is who passes over. We read in:

Ex 12:1-14 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 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 if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 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. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

We have here God’s declaration of how He expected the children of Israel to obey His commands in the celebration of this Passover. First of all, God is pointing at the calendar, and then God does not say, “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months.” We can see clearly that this is the wrong translation, for if we read verse 2 in the KJV it reads like a redundancy. It reads as if God says the same thing twice. But the Hebrew text literally says, “This month shall be unto you the chief of months.” And why should this month be unto you the chief of months? It is, because on the 14th day of this month you will have a memorial to the most momentous event in the history of the nation of Israel. This was the day when Jehovah liberated you from your enslavement to sin and Satan, symbolized by your bondage to Egypt. This was the day when Jehovah purchased your freedom, and set you free. This was the day when you began your new life in Christ, and that is why you started a new calendar with this month as the first month. Keep this date as a memorial to the mighty deeds the Lord has done for you in the land of Egypt, and how He purchased you with His Lamb, which shed His blood for your sins, so that the LORD would pass over you, and did not kill you like He did to the Egyptians. Remember that you had to show the blood of the Lamb on the doorposts and on the lintel. And then God said in Ex 12:13,

#1.       When I See the Blood (Ex 12:13,23,12, 1John 1:6-7, Psalm 82:1,6-7, Ex 22:28)

Ex 12:13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

When I see the blood, I will pass over you. We all know what this meant in the story of the exodus. But do we realize that this event was a picture of the last judgment day for the world? And the judgment of that last day was totally prepared when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross in AD 33. The Lord Jesus did not suffer and die for everyone in the whole world, like most of the churches teach you these days. If that were so, then Hell would be populated by people for whom the Lord Jesus suffered and died, which is nonsense, for that would mean that the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, would be frustrated and unsuccessful in His suffering for most of mankind. Therefore, when Christ suffered on the cross in AD 33 He paid for the sins of all the elect whom the Father had given Him, and all others He passed by. Christ shed His blood only for the elect. Those of us who know that we have been saved, will know that Christ’s blood covers all our sins. And from God’s perspective, when He sees on us the blood of Christ, He will pass over us when He smites the heathen for their sins; but He will not smite us for He sees the blood of Christ which covers all our sins. When will He smite the heathen for their sins? On the last day!  And thus, the wording of Ex 12:13, “when I see the blood, I will pass over you,“ applies just as well to the first judgment day on April 3 in the year AD33, when Christ shed His blood for all the elect. And these words apply also on the second judgment day when a remnant of the elect will still be alive, and God will say, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plagues of Rev 16 shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the world for their sins.” God knows that He is not coming peacefully when He smites the heathen, for then He will call Himself the Destroyer, like He did when He came the first time to punish the Egyptians. Ex 12:23 (2X),

Ex 12:23  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

God is the enemy of the heathen. He is not called their friend, but their Destroyer. But He calls us His friends, for when God looks upon us He sees no sin. Even after we have been saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost in our soul, we still sin, but our sin is taken away instantly by the blood of Christ. We read in 1John 1:6-7,

1Jo 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1Jo 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Furthermore, let us read Ex 12:12 again carefully. There we read, “and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.” What does God mean by that? Is He going to cast all the idols of Egypt into the fire? Will God pour His wrath on idols of wood and stone just to demonstrate His wrath? And the answer is, “Of course not.” God does not vent His wrath on inanimate objects. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 82:1 (2X). There are two different meanings of the word “gods”. One meaning refers to inanimate objects that are worshipped as gods. The other meaning refers to people who have climbed up the ladder in their society, and are now being revered as gods. For example we read in Psalm 82:1, “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.” Who is God referring to? He is standing in the midst of the mighty within that congregation, and God calls them “gods”, for He knows that they have achieved lofty positions within that fellowship. They are earthly wise, but they do not know God. Therefore God says to them in Psalm 82:6-7,

Ps 82:6 ¶  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

Ps 82:7  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Moreover, God says in Ex 22:28, “Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.” Is it not clear that God is referring to rulers and magistrates when He speaks about “the gods”? He is certainly not speaking about idols of wood and stone. We are not to be afraid of them. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Genesis, Gen 22:8 (2X). We have here another application of the words of Ex 12:13, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you”.

  • God Will See Himself a Lamb for a Burnt Offering (Gen 22:8, Col 2:9, Ex 12:14, Prov 21:1)

About 4 months ago I preached on this story in Gen 22 where Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. While they walked up the mountain Isaac asked, “My father, behold the fire and the wood, but where is the Lamb for a burnt offering? Then we read in Gen 22:8,

Ge 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

However, the word “provide” is the wrong translation. This Hebrew word, number <07200> has been translated “provide” 4 times, but it has been translated “see” or “look” 983 times. It is true that God provided “a ram caught in a thicket by his horns”, but it was not a lamb, and this was not the Lamb that Abraham was referring to in Gen 22:8. A better, more faithful translation of this sentence would be, “My son, God will see Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering.” In other words, “God will see in Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering.” Christ, who harbors in Himself the unity of God the Son and the man Christ Jesus, and of whom it can be said that “In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Col 2:9), He it is whom God will see in Himself to be a Lamb for a burnt offering. In principle God said to Abraham and Isaac, “Since I see the blood of Christ covering your sins, I will pass over you, and Isaac does not need to die.” Christ is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover. The sacrifice of the Passover was not 500,000 little lambs, but all these little lambs together represented Christ as the Lamb of God, which takes away all the sins of all the elect. Every OT animal sacrifice represented the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. But on this night of the first Passover all the little lambs together represented the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross, for by this one perfect sacrifice He purchased the freedom of all His elect who were in bondage to sin and Satan. When we look back at the history of the nation of Israel, we see that God wrote the Bible in such a way that the history of the nation of Israel unfolds like a series of pictures. God drew those pictures for our benefit, to teach us about salvation and about Christ and about the Church. What is salvation?  It is a new beginning. That is not only how a new year begins, but how a new life begins. It is like being freed from slavery and starting a new life as a free man.  It means either eternal life with God in heaven, or eternal damnation with the Devil in Hell. And so, salvation is a big deal. Salvation is something everyone needs. Paraphrased, God said to Moses and Aaron: You are starting a new calendar now, and what you are going to experience is a picture of salvation. In fact it is an almost perfect picture of salvation. To begin with, Israel's bondage in Egypt was a picture of how all mankind, including we, have been in bondage to sin and to Satan, the prince of this world. There was no way in the world Israel could free themselves out of Egypt.  It would take an act of God to make them free. Likewise, there was no way in the world we could free ourselves from our bondage to sin and Satan. It takes an act of God to purchase us out of the slave camp of Satan and to set us free. Ex 12:14

Ex 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

In other words, God promised that this would be the 10th plague, and it would be the last one. After this they would be set free from slavery in Egypt. But why should this 10th plague be expected to accomplish what the other 9 plagues could not do?  Why would Pharaoh let them go now?  The answer is: Because God said so! God says in Prov 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” When God says that Pharaoh will let them go, then he will indeed let them go. We already saw last time, how that the description of the Lamb so perfectly fit the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ was selected to be that Lamb on the tenth day of the first month; we saw that in John, chapter 12. Christ was qualified to be the Lamb without blemish: "He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us". Christ was the One who was killed by the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel on the fourteenth day of the first month: on Passover day, Friday, April 3, in the year 33 AD. And Christ made sure that this day was kept for a memorial forever: after He Himself celebrated the Passover meal, just before His own sacrifice as the Lamb of God, He established the memorial which we call "The Lord's Supper" and He said, "This do in remembrance of Me". We should be like little children, who hear the Word of God, and simply do it. What is wrong with keeping a memorial?

#2.       Keeping a Memorial (Ex 12:14, Matt 28:1, Deut 18:22, Gal 1:8-9)

Now we heard from the man on the radio that we should leave the churches and that we should not celebrate the Lord’s Supper any more. But let us now consider this question seriously. When God performed His great miracles in the land of Egypt on behalf of the children of Israel, even if they did not deserve it, we have to admit that these were stupendous miracles, and that these events gave a perfect overview of the sovereignty of God, and of what salvation precisely is, and who gets all the credit. In short, all these events described here in Exodus bring glory to God, and to no one else. And so, when God says in Ex 12:14, “This day shall be unto you for a memorial” and God said in the same verse, “Ye shall celebrate it as a law forever”, we tend to listen to the word “forever” very carefully. What does that mean, “forever”? Then when the Lord Jesus came on the scene we were told that the Lord Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law in our place “forever”. But then three things took place which gave us a new perspective on the word “forever”. #1. The sign of the covenant was changed from circumcision to water baptism. Thus, God’s command to Abraham and his descendants to perpetuate the sign of circumcision “forever” was actually continued in the extension of circumcision, which was NT water baptism, and which will be practiced until the Lord comes. #2. The seventh day Sabbath was in Matt 28:1 changed to the first day of the week. And thus God’s command to keep the Sabbath day forever, was actually continued in the extension of the NT Sunday worship, where we would remember that the Lord brought us out of the house of bondage. And this we continue until the Lord comes. #3. Right on the heels of the last Passover feast, in an upper room in Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus declared over the breaking of bread and the wine, “This is My body”, and “This is the new covenant in My blood”. “This do in remembrance of Me”. In other words, the Passover, which was a memorial to the salvation that God brought to OT Israel, was actually continued in a memorial to the salvation that God brought to NT Israel, at the cross. And we are commanded to show the Lord’s death till He come. It is remarkable that in all three cases the ceremonial law was changed. At the cross the end of the ceremonial law had to be declared, because the ceremonial law looked forward to the coming of Christ. But what were these three cases changed into? No, these were not NT ceremonial laws, for a ceremonial law had to be obeyed rigorously. No. these three extensions of the ceremonial law are not even a condition of our salvation. They were simply God’s provision for meeting the statement “forever”. And this I wanted to expand, because there are unruly elements in our society which dare to declare that God’s Word is no longer valid. Who are we to declare that suddenly the words of the Lord mean nothing? Who is the man who dares to declare that God changed His mind, and that suddenly all kinds of statements from the Lord are no more valid? Please turn to the Prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 18:22 (2X). We have here a passage where God condemns a prophet who speaks in the name of the Lord when the Lord has not sent him. And then God asks the question, “How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?” We read in Deut 18:

De 18:22  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Remember those last seven words, “Thou shalt not be afraid of him.” This man on the radio has been in business since 1945. He has spoken presumptuously many times, not only in 1994, but many times thereafter. Thou shalt not be afraid of him. And do we not remember the words our Savior gave us

through the pen of the apostle Paul? The apostle wrote in Gal 1:8-9,

Ga 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed

And so, let us remain faithful in remembering the memorial that the Lord wants us to keep, for it is a glory to God if we remain faithful, and it is a glory to God when we give Him the honor and the glory of keeping us faithful.

  • The Blood of the Lamb Shall Make You Free (Ex 12:7, Heb 11:28, Prov 8:1,34-35, John 17:3, Heb 9:22, Lev 17:11, Isa 53:10-12, (Ex 12:8-10, Jer 15:16, Ps 119:103))

  God is developing the shadow of the cross. This entire ceremony did not actually save the nation of Israel, it was just a sign, or like we read in verse 13, "the blood shall be to you for a token". A token is only a symbol, a sign. It is not the actual Atonement of Christ, but just a sign of it. We read in Ex 12:7

Ex 12:7  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.

The Hebrew verb "strike" actually does not specify they had to strike it. In Heb 11:28 we read:

Heb 11:28  Through faith Moses kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Why did God give them such a strange ceremony? They had to kill the Lamb, and they had to strike or sprinkle the blood on the doorposts, using a plant that is called "hyssop" as a sponge. Why blood on the posts? Why not on the door? It is because the door always typifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the door". He is the door of the sheepfold. Why not on the door? When we search the Bible, we find that the same Hebrew word for posts appears in Proverbs 8. Please turn with me to Prov 8:34 (2X). We have here a passage that ties together gates, and posts, and doors. We read in Prov 8:34-35 (2X),

Prov 8:34-35  Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Who is God speaking about in Proverbs 8?  Look at the beginning of the chapter:

Prov 8:1 ¶ Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

You see. This entire chapter speaks about Wisdom in such a way as if Wisdom becomes a person. Who could this person be?  The answer is found when we read verse 35 again:

 Prov 8:35  " For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD."

 Well, that verse is talking about eternal life, and the favor of the LORD is Grace, because Grace is God's unmerited favor. Therefore, verse 35 speaks about salvation, about becoming a child of God through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Wisdom then is the wisdom of knowing Christ, for knowing Christ is salvation. (John 17:3) Now, read again verse 34. Prov 8:34  “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” In other words, Blessed is the man who hears Christ speaking, who can hear the Word of God through God's Grace. You see. God is tying gates, and posts, and doors all together, because Christ is all of these. Blessed is the man who is waiting at the posts, waiting for Christ to give information from the Word of God.  And God has His reasons for striking the blood of the Lamb on the doorposts, not on the door.

But what is the significance of the blood? It is the blood of the Lamb, and it is signifying the blood of Christ. All through the Bible we read about the blood of the sacrifice, the blood, the blood. And God reinforces that further in Heb 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Without the shedding of blood is no remission of sins. To be sure, the blood of the animal sacrifices in the O.T. was only a sign, it was only a shadow of the blood of Christ. But what is the significance of the blood of Christ? The key is found in Lev 17:11 where God says:

Lev 17:11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Christ shed His blood, which was the outward sign that He gave His life for our sins. Not just His physical life, but He gave His body and human soul for our sins. He suffered the wrath of God both in body and soul, as a whole personality, as is so clearly stated in Isa 53:10-12. "We are saved by the blood of Christ", actually means that He saved us since He gave His life. Now they had to eat the flesh.

Ex 12:8-9  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

What does it mean that they had to eat the flesh? Historically it meant that they had to eat the flesh of the Lamb. Everyone of the household had to eat of it, adults as well as children. It was for them food for their body and nourishment for their travel away from Egypt, away from bondage. But the Lamb was a representation of Christ. This eating of the flesh of the Lamb must have a spiritual meaning. God is developing another spiritual picture here. Are we also present in this picture partaking of this food? When is it that we are partaking of His flesh? It is when we are partaking of the Word of God, like Jeremiah said in Jer 15:16,

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

When we are partaking of the Word of God, and when we find there that we are called by the name of Christ because we are of the family of Christ, it brings to us the joy and rejoicing of our heart. And when we partake of the Word of God, it is not only food for our soul, but also nourishment for our travel away from the former life; the former life when we were living in bondage to sin and Satan. In Psalm 119 we find words similar to this. We read in Psalm 119:103,

Psalm 119:103 ¶   How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

 The children of Israel had to eat the flesh that was roast with fire. The picture God is developing

here is this: In order for Christ to be our Savior He had to endure the Wrath of God equivalent to the Wrath of God that was due for our sins. That is what Christ had to suffer in our place on the cross. Nothing less, and nothing more. Nothing less, because the Righteousness of God had to be fully satisfied. Nothing more, because it is impossible that Christ would suffer the equivalent of the torments of Hell for someone who would ultimately end up in Hell himself.

  • Blood in the Basin (Ex 12:22, 14)

 Verse 22 in Ex 12 is a repeat statement of verse 7. It speaks about a bason, or basin. Ex 12:22

Ex 12:22  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

Here the KJV translators could have done a better job. The word "bason" that appears twice in this verse is the word "saph", which is an old Egyptian word for "step", such as a step before the door, or a "threshold". In most other places it has been translated "door", or "threshold". The Israelites were given no instruction about putting the blood on the threshold, for the reason that the blood was already there. The Lamb was most likely killed at the door of the house which was to be protected. This shows the accuracy of the picture that God is drawing here. The door of the house wherein the Israelite family was protected had blood on the lintel, on the side posts and on the step. And look how this perfectly pictured Christ on the cross: He had blood above, where the crown of thorns was placed on His head, and blood at the sides from His nail pierced hands, and blood below from His nail pierced feet. Now we have a full explanation why they had to strike the blood on the doorposts, instead of the door. Would there be any chance that they have walked on the blood?  No possibility, for God said: "and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning". This was a very practical command. First of all there was blood on the doorstep. Secondly, all those in the house were those for whom the blood was shed. Therefore they ought to stay in the house, rather than wander outside and be identified with the Egyptians. Thirdly, all those in the house have a security that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. What was their security? They had faith in the promise of God that the death of the Lamb and the sprinkling of blood were all together sufficient for their safety. When we belong to Christ, we have an urgent need to stay within the security of the boundaries that He has set in His Word. We have an ongoing desire to live our life in obedience to His will. And thus we keep this day as a memorial.

Ex 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.

 It is a memorial of the day of your salvation! It needs to be a daily joy, never taken for granted. It is taken for granted if the daily affairs are taking over. It is taken for granted when we start worrying about things that soon shall pass away. But salvation lets us look at those things that last forever.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.