Exodus 11-12a: The Passover
Only the blood of the lamb can save firstborn of Egypt
In today’s lesson, we see:
- The Israelites ask Egyptians for jewels;
- The firstborn of Egypt are threatened with death;
- The beginning of Israel’s religious year;
- Institution of the Feast of the Passover;
- The tenth plague – death of the firstborn;
- The Israelites are driven out of Egypt.
This is the final chapter in this section of the contest with Pharaoh. The death of the firstborn is the final act of judgment upon Egypt before Israel is freed from the yoke of bondage. Pharaoh should have learned by this time that it is futile to enter into conflict with God. God has been longsuffering and forgiving, but He must make Pharaoh understand that it is time for Israel to leave Egypt. All of Egypt was inclined to take Pharaoh’s side in this contest with God and He must deliver one final blow upon Egypt in His attempt to teach them the lessons they need to learn.
The Feast of the Passover was instituted as a memorial to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and their adoption as Jehovah’s nation. The Passover is a festival that laid the foundation of the nation Israel’s birth into a new relationship with God.
…for Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. – 1 Corinthians 5:7
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