Ex 12:12 It Is the LORD’s Passover 8/30/2009 ßà
#1. When I See the Blood (Ex 12:13,23,12, 1John 1:6-7, Psalm 82:1,6-7, Ex 22:28)
#2. Keeping a Memorial (Ex 12:14, Matt 28:1, Deut 18:22, Gal 1:8-9)
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
This is an awesome concept. God Himself is sowing death and destruction
over all that live in the
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
Ex 12:1-14 And
the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the
We have here God’s declaration of how He expected the children of
#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
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
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”.
About 4 months ago I preached on this story in Gen 22 where Abraham was
commanded to offer his son Isaac on
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” (
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
#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
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.
God is developing the shadow
of the cross. This entire ceremony did not actually save the nation of
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
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
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.
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.