For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

God had been dealing with Pharaoh and the people of Egypt. There had been nine previous plagues to come against Egypt to lead them to submit to God and free His people. But Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let God’s people go. On this particular night before the tenth plague was to commence, God appointed that each Israelite family should kill a lamb without blemish. It was to be eaten in the specific manner He directed, and the blood from the lamb was to be sprinkled on the doorposts to distinguish the houses of the Israelites from those of the Egyptians. Then, when the angel of the Lord came to destroy the firstborn, the houses marked by the blood of the lamb would be passed over. This began the tradition of the holy feast that God’s people observed to commemorate this event and remember how God spared them.

The blood of the lamb protected God’s people from the terrible plague of death. It prevented their children from being destroyed. The Passover feast was to be kept every year as a remembrance of Israel’s preservation and deliverance out of Egypt.

The first Passover foreshadowed the sacrifice of the true Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. As it was with the Israelites, so it is with us. Our salvation is not a reward of our own righteousness but the gift of God’s grace. The Passover reminds us that the shedding of Jesus’ blood saved us.

• What other similarities do you notice between the Passover and Jesus’ death?

• Where do you need to be reminded of God’s salvation through the account of the Passover?

• Praise God that He has saved us by the blood of the lamb, Jesus!