The Passover Lamb

Week 1 Day 6

Exodus 12:1-13
Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. 4 Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. 7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. 10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover. 12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
In the account of the Passover detailed in Exodus 12:1-13, we encounter a profound depiction of death interwoven with themes of sacrifice, redemption, and salvation. The Passover event stands as a pivotal moment in Israelite history, symbolizing their liberation from bondage in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. However, beneath its historical significance lies a deeper theological layer that echoes throughout scripture.

Central to the Passover observance is the sacrificial offering of the Passover lamb—a directive from God intended to protect the Israelites from the imminent threat of death. Following divine instructions, each household was to select a year-old spotless lamb, slaughter it, and apply its blood to the doorposts and lintel of their homes. This act of bloodshed served as a powerful symbol of atonement and protection, foreshadowing the sacrificial death of Christ that would ultimately bring redemption to humanity.

The Passover narrative highlights the stark contrast between the fate of the Israelites and that of the Egyptians. While the blood of the lamb brought safety to the former, it brought devastation to the latter, as the tenth plague—the death of the firstborn—swept through the land of Egypt. What was a curse and tragedy for the Egyptians became a source of deliverance for the Israelites, illustrating the redemptive intervention of God.

The Passover account carries significant theological implications, particularly in its anticipation of the ultimate sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ. Just as the blood of the Passover lamb provided protection from physical death, so too does the sacrificial death of Jesus offer spiritual redemption and deliverance from the eternal consequences of sin. This connection is explicitly made in the New Testament, where Jesus is referred to as "the Lamb of God" (John 1:29), symbolizing His sacrificial role in atoning for the sins of humanity.

In essence, the story of the Passover lamb points us towards the ultimate victory over death which is achieved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It serves as a testament to the enduring significance of death in God’s plan of redemption, wherein what was once a symbol of judgment and destruction becomes the gateway to hope and eternal life for all who believe.

Reflection and Prayer

How does the imagery of the Passover lamb deepen your understanding of Jesus' sacrifice?

How can the principles of redemption and salvation seen in the Passover story inform your daily walk with faith?

Heavenly Father, help us grasp the depth of Your love demonstrated through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb. May we continually find hope and redemption in His death and resurrection. Guide us to live out our faith in light of these truths, reflecting Your mercy and love to the world around us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Faith Bible Staff