The Passover — The Plaque Shall Not Be On You

For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike 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.
Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Exodus 12:12-13

LORD Jesus, we praise You for the Word. Forgive us, O God we pray, for we so often neglect to study our Bible. Help us to diligently search and read the Scriptures, and let us listen to what the Spirit says to God’s people. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

The Israelites were told that each household was to take a lamb and keep it until the fourteenth day of that month. Clear instructions were also given on how to kill it, prepare it, and eat it. (Exodus 12:3-11)

It is the LORD’s Passover

Today’s verses reveal the reason for the installment of this first Passover. Let’s read them again and then answer a few very important, life-changing questions. Fill in the blanks:

_____ passed through the land of Egypt on that night to strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both _____ and _____. He executed judgment against all the _____ _____ for He is the _____.

_____ _____ was a sign for the Israelites on the houses where they had been. When God saw _____ _____ He passed over them, and the plaque was not on them to destroy them when He struck the land of Egypt.

Can you imagine the Israelites sitting in their homes that night, knowing that God Almighty would pass through the land to execute judgment? First, they had to do what they had been told: to put some of the blood of the lamb on the two doorposts and on the lintel of their houses (Exodus 12:7), prepare the lamb (Exodus 12:8-9), eat it in haste (Exodus 12:11), and let none of it remain until the morning (Exodus 12:10). Then, while all of this tumult was going on outside, they had to stay in their homes and trust in God to save them.

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