God was about to institute an entirely new kind of living for His children. Holy deliverance into new land. New hope. 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).
Almighty God would bring the plague of death on His children’s captors even while bringing forth freedom and life for the captives themselves. God’s chosen would partake of a spotless year-old male, sheep or goat. The offering by which they would find their protection. And by which they would be led from captivity into freedom.
The stain of the animals’ blood on the doorposts of their homes would separate them from the Egyptians. The blood would set them apart, so they could be free.
The blood 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 be freed from captivity. No more bondage to sin or fear or death or hopelessness.
Jesus Christ’s blood would mark our sealed deliverance. God Himself provided His own spotless Lamb of which you and I can now partake, even all these years later. We can know His protection and His life.
Just like with the Israelites, our job is to partake and to trust Him for deliverance. And we walk in the freedom that He has delivered.
Just like He planned.