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When I see the blood, I will pass over you. – Exodus 12:13

When the Lord punished Pharaoh’s intransigence with the tenth plague, Israel escaped the plague.

Earlier, after the first three plagues, Israel was not afflicted while Egypt suffered. God spared them with no action required on their part.

Now, God asks something of them before He will pass over them. He gave them a sacrifice of bloodthat made a difference. When they made the sacrifice and put the blood on the door posts and lintels of their homes, the Destroyer “passed over” that home, sparing the first-born. In Egyptian homes, all of the first-born died that night.

The New Testament tells us,

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. – 1 Corinthians 5:7b-8

“The Festival” likely refers to the Lord’s Supper. Note two things about it in this text: (1) Jesus is the Passover Lamb offered for my safety. (2) The Festival demands that I have sincerity and truth instead of malice and wickedness.

More is involved than a pinch of bread and sip of wine. I must look to Jesus as my passover and live with sincerity and truth. Otherwise, “partaking” the Supper is a sham. Being at the Table without walking in Him is mockery.

Lord, help me remember that Christ, our Passover Lamb, is sacrificed for me. Help me to live a life fitting to that great sacrifice. Amen.


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