May God’s Judgement ‘Pass-Over’ us because of the Blood of Jesus.
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Lord, I meditate on the grace of the gift of eternal life in Christ who shed His blood for me so that I might have the righteousness of Christ before you.
Read - Exodus 11-12
Multiple times during these plagues God says that He makes a distinction between Israel and Egypt. That distinction carries today in how He views the follower of Christ as righteous because of Jesus’ righteousness. What a gracious act to see us in a light we often don’t see ourselves in…
The Jewish Calendar would change to reflect the Passover as the new starting date of the year. This would be a landmark moment for this people and would undergird their faith in years to come. Consider that our Calendar was reshaped from BC to AD based upon the fulfillment of that Passover in the True Lamb of God (Jesus) and His ‘Once-for-all’ sacrifice for us.
The lamb was to be pure and spotless. This animal would have had substantial value in their culture especially considering their ‘slavery surroundings’. The cost required for payment of sin was and is steep. Although this judgment is severe, it was a final plague upon the hard-hearted Pharaoh and his people after numerous alternatives were given.
Lord, like the passover Lamb, I choose to give my best to You. I choose to cover my home with your love shown through the Cross today.
What about the relationship between passover then and now?
To Know God is to Know that He judges fairly even when His judgments (like the Passover) seem harsh. To Love God is to respond to His grace and mercy (passing over our sin when covered, repented, redeemed by Christ) with heartfelt devotion. To Serve God is to walk out our life purposes in that Knowledge and Love (as Israel walked out of slavery and into a new land of promise).