Today, my reading is in Exodus10-12. Moses (with God’s help…and a little from Aaron)…is workin’ it with Pharoah. Boy! What a stubborn hearted fellow that Pharoah is! God gave him many chances to listen and to let go of his own agenda….but the consequences were apparently not enough…until…..the first Passover occurred.
God instructed the Isrealites to smear the blood of a sacrificed lamb on the doorframes of their homes. The firstborn son of every family that did not have blood on the doorframes was killed. This killing of a lamb (with no defects) for it’s blood is a foreshadowing of the blood of Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, Who gave His blood for the sins of all people. What was the significance? In killing a lamb, the Isrealites shed innocent blood. The lamb was a sacrifice; a substitute for the person who would have died in the plague. The Hebrew people, from this point on, would understand that for them to be spared from death, an innocent life had to be sacrificed in their place.
Passover is still an annual remembrance of how God delivered His people from Egypt. What has God delivered you from? Do you remember it? Do you take time to thank and praise God for all He has done for you? He has saved us from spiritual death and slavery to sin. Next time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, let’s take the time to really remember all He has done for us. Thank Him for His deliverance, and focus on His promise of new life with Him. Amen, and amen!
Thursday Challenge: Ask God to show you where you’ve become hard-hearted and stubborn like Pharoah. Ask Him to help change your heart before the consequences get severe.