The Passover

“On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb … Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year … And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.” Exodus 12:3-7

One after the other plagues have fallen on the land of Egypt and still Pharaoh’s heart is hardened. What will it take to break through? What’s already happened has demonstrated the impotence of Egypt’s gods, the helplessness of the Pharaoh, and the might of the God of Heaven. The final plague must be one that reaches Pharaoh both directly and profoundly.

The Angel of the Lord will pass through land and all the first born in Egypt will die.

Up until now the children of Israel have been shelter from the full impact of the plagues but not on this night. No one will be shelter because of who they are or because of who their parents were. Only one thing will shelter anyone from the blow that will fall that night: obedience to God’s instructions as you find shelter in a house covered by the blood of the Passover lamb.

In the book of Revelation seven plagues of judgement are foretold that will fall on the beast and those that receive the mark of the beast. At the time when these plagues fall there will only be two groups of people remaining in the earth: those who have the mark of the beast, and those who have the seal of God. Revelation chapter fourteen describes those having the seal of God as being those that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus. It also says that before the plagues fall this same group will proclaim a warning of God’s judgments together with the everlasting gospel.

What saves the righteous from the judgments falling from heaven is the seal of God which they’ve received by believing in the Lamb that was slain, Jesus Christ.

Political prominence, personal accomplishment, pedigree, and anything else you might be tempted to boast of and substitute in place of Jesus will be powerless to protect you. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, Redeemer, Mediator, Lord, and God of your life can you have any hope at all.

In Moses day the plagues fell so that God could free a people so that they could become the nation through whom he would fulfill his promise to send a Savior. In the end of days the plagues will fall so that God can set his people free from this world so that the Savior can fulfill his promise to come and receive us unto himself that where he is there we may be also.

Now, as it was in Egypt on that first Passover, our only hope lies in finding shelter within the blood of the Passover Lamb. If we will be set free we must by all we do and all we are place our trust, our hope, and our lives only in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

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