This is the first submission since May 31, 2016 in a blog series called Portraits of Faith. This series profiles the examples of faithful men and women as listed in Hebrews 11. I encourage you to check out the other posts in this series.
By faith [Moses] kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them (Hebrews 11:28).
In Exodus 12, God gave Moses and Aaron instructions for the Passover. His instructions can be summarized as follows:
- Every household should take a lamb on the tenth day of the first month (Exodus 12:3-4).
- Make sure that the sheep or goat lamb is without blemish, a male that is a year old (Exodus 12:4-5).
- Kill the lamb at twilight on the fourteenth day (Exodus 12:6).
- Put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts and lintels of your house (Exodus 12:7).
- Eat the flesh of the lamb that night, roasted whole on the fire. Do not eat it raw or boil it. Make sure it is entirely consumed that night (Exodus 12:8-10).
- Do not break any of the lamb’s bones (Exodus 12:46).
- Burn up whatever you do not eat so that nothing remains in the morning (Exodus 12:10).
- Eat it with your belt fastened, your sandals on, and your staff in your hand. In other words, eat it with a readiness to depart (Exodus 12:11).
- Do not permit any foreigner to eat the Passover unless he is circumcised (Exodus 12:43-49).
Moses followed these directions and instructed Israel to do likewise. On the very first Passover, the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:29). But, when the Destroyer saw the blood on the doorposts and lintels of the house, He passed-over that house so that no one was hurt or killed (Exodus 12:23).
Moses demonstrated his faith by keeping this Passover, even while the fulfillment of these instructions in Jesus Christ may not have been entirely clear. We, however, can see ever more clearly why God gave Israel these instructions:
- Every one of us must take a lamb for ourselves. We do this by putting our faith in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
- We must see for ourselves that the Lamb of God is without blemish, entirely without sin. He is also a man in the prime of His life when He is struck down by crucifixion. This period of inspection was fulfilled by the last week of Jesus’ life, as he was tested and questioned by the scribes and pharisees in Jerusalem.
- Jesus was crucified on Passover. He died at twilight, 3:00pm, when the evening prayers were being offered.
- We must apply the Blood of Jesus to our lives by faith.
- Jesus was entirely consumed by the torture of Rome and roasted by the wrath of God before sundown.
- Unlike the two thieves crucified next to Him, none of His bones were broken.
- He was buried that very day, so that He did not remain exposed the next morning.
- The Passover of Jesus can be applied to any life in an instant.
- Those who share in the Passover of Jesus must be circumcised. This is not a circumcision of the flesh, but of the heart. That is, just as the flesh of a man is cut off and thrown away, so likewise, the sin of our heart must be cut off by the Holy Spirit and nailed to the Cross (Colossians 2:11-14).
Those who participated in the first Passover were delivered from Egypt. The wrath of God that fell on every house, killing the firstborn, passed-over them. Those who participate in the Passover of Jesus are and will be delivered from sin. At the final judgment, the wrath of God that is to fall on everyone, killing all with the second death, which is eternal condemnation and hell, will pass-over us.
Moses demonstrated His faith by keeping the Passover. Let us join with Him by keeping the Passover of Jesus Christ by faith.