New year, new challenges. The first 66 chapters of the Bible give us the foundation stones of our faith. Exodus 12 Passover is the final Foundation Stone. Today we will look at the results of the Passover. Remember Passover begins on the evening of 19 April 2019.
Foundation stone: Death of the first-born
Key word: Smite or smote v.12, 23, 27, 29
Key verse: Exodus 12:31
Death of the first-born of Egypt v.29-30
29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Pharaoh compels Israel to leave v.31-33
31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said.32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.
Israel leaves v. 34-36
34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.
Journey begins v.37-42
37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.42 It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
Key phrase…go, serve the Lord…v.31
Observation: The greatest way to protect yourself from needless death and destruction is to obey God. Pharaoh learned that firsthand. He continued to rebel and destroyed his nation, Egypt. His own people finally realized this in verse 33.
Israel was to use the Passover as a teaching tool to their children. On the 19th of April, Jews and Messianic Jews around the world will recount the Passover story to their children. My wife and I conduct this service each year and invite people to come and learn about the Passover. It is a meaningful evening as we tie together the things that happened that night to what happened thousands of years later on a cross at Calvary. Whether in the old or new testaments, a blood sacrifice was required for the sin of man. Here it was spotless lamb and later it would be Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God. Salvation has always come by faith in God. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If you have not asked Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior, I would encourage you to do it right now. Do not be rebellious like Pharaoh. I would love to talk to you about this matter.
Have a blessed day.