Read Exodus 12
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.” (vv1-2)
The people of Israel had no idea the new that God the LORD was about to bring. The sacred that He was instituting. The holy work of deliverance which He was bringing about. In fact, this new year on which they embarked would mark the new everything for all generations.
Surely, they realized the solemnity of the new ordinance when they heard that whoever ate so much as a bite of bread with yeast was to be cut off from the entire nation of Israel. The very first Feast of Unleavened Bread was to begin on that sacred night called Passover, celebrated in faith for the deliverance He was bringing. (v17)
The LORD Himself would pass through Egypt in judgment looking for the blood of redemption, the protective covering which would mark His chosen ones’ sealed deliverance.
The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (v13)
So the LORD God would bring the plague of death on His children’s captors even while bringing forth freedom and life for the captives themselves.
A spotless year-old male, sheep or goat, blemish-free was the offering of which God’s chosen ones would partake. The offering by which they would find their protection. And by which they would be led from captivity to freedom. The stain of the animals’ blood on the doorposts of their homes would separate them from the Egyptians. The blood would make them set apart, so that they might become free.
The blood that Jesus Christ shed one Passover day many, many years later would do the same thing for you and for me. The stain of His blood would mark His chosen ones as set apart. That we, too might become free from captivity to sin and fear and death and hopelessness. The blood of Jesus Christ would become our protective covering and would mark sealed deliverance. God Himself provided His own spotless Lamb of which you and I can now partake, even all these years later, and know His protection and His life. Our role is the partaking in faith for the deliverance that He brings. It’s the trusting by walking in the freedom that He has delivered.
And His role is the . . . everything else. From the Lamb to the offering to our protection and deliverance, Almighty God has done it all.
So that we too may partake.