Hello everybody, and welcome in to episode 30 of the Bible 2021 podcast. We are reading Exodus 12 today and our focus is on the Passover and blood of the Lamb . We are a daily 10 minute podcast, where we will dig in to the truth of the Word of God by reading one Bible chapter a day and discussing it. Welcome to new listeners! Thanks for listening! Our goal this year is to encourage DAILY Bible reading, so you can jump in at any time and join with us. We want to invite as many people as possible to join us in daily Bible reading, so help spread the word and share the podcast Don’t forget about our new web-page, Bible2021.com – contact page, show notes, transcript and more – Click here for our reading plan!
Let’s open with our verse of the day, because we have a long chapter to read, and this will help us focus in on the main point:
13 The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. Exodus 12:13
We’ve skipped ahead a bit from our reading yesterday. God sent Moses to deliver His people, and Moses confronted Pharaoh with multiple supernatural plagues from God, and Pharoah resisted until the final plague – the death of the firstborn. This final plague causes Pharaoh and all of Egypt to be utterly done with the children of Israel and they let them go. That’s a quick summary, but let’s consider a couple of things about this final plague. It sounds utterly terrible and terrifying: God unleashes destruction, and it is a very interesting question as to whether He is the agent of the destruction, or an angel of destruction is – the Hebrew is not terribly clear on that point:
23 When the Lord passes through to strike Egypt and sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, He will pass over the door and not let the destroyer enter your houses to strike you. Exodus 12:23
But the key point is this: The destroyer and the destruction will NOT come into any home that has the blood of the lamb painted on the door. The blood of a sacrificial lamb brings salvation. This event in the Old Testament gives a beautiful foreshadowing of salvation by grace – not works. The destroyer doesn’t pass over the houses that contain the saintly, or the beautiful, the rich, nor the powerful – but the ones with blood on their doors, as brother Spurgeon points out:
Else had Israel died as well as Egypt. It was not character or position, but the sprinkled blood which made the difference.
C. H. Spurgeon, The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1964), 80.
Spurgeon imagines well a Jewish father explaining the passover to his children:
His children say, “What mean you by this ordinance?” He answers, “This night the Lord God will pass through to smite the Egyptians, and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you.” The thing is done; the lamb is cooked; the guests are set down to it; the father of the family has supplicated a blessing; they are sitting down to feast upon it. And mark how the old man carefully divides joint from joint, lest a bone should be broken; and he is particular that the smallest child of the family should have some of it to eat, for so the Lord hath commanded. Do you not think you see him as he tells them “it is a solemn night—make haste—in another hour we shall all go out of Egypt.” He looks at his hands, they are rough with labour, and clapping them, he cries, “I am not to be a slave any longer.” His eldest son, perhaps, has been smarting under the lash, and he says, “Son, you have had the task-master’s lash upon you this afternoon; but it is the last time you shall feel it.” He looks at them all, with tears in his eyes—“This is the night the Lord God will deliver you.”
C. H. Spurgeon, “Christ Our Passover,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, vol. 2 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1856), 6.
Let us close out by reading our passage together.
End of the Show: Bible memory verse for January: Mark 1:15 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
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