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PASSOVER | Bible Study | Jesus In All of Exodus 11-13


This is Spoken Gospel. We’re dedicated to seeing
Jesus in all of scripture. In each episode, we see
what’s happening in a Biblical text and how it sheds light
on Jesus and his gospel. Let’s jump in. Nine of the ten plagues
have come upon Egypt. Pharaoh, with his hard heart, still
will not change his mind and obey. So, God sends a
tenth and final plague. God says that he is going to punish the
Egyptians by bringing death to their firstborn. The firstborn was a title, signifying
who would carry the family name. In Pharaoh’s case, the firstborn
would have taken the throne. By cutting off the line, God is
saying that this evil, oppressive, idolatrous system of government and
worship must come to an end. But everyone in Egypt participated in the
worship of false gods and the oppression of Israel. By taking the firstborn, God is saying,
“I want all this evil to stop multiplying.” Like the other plagues, Egypt would
be afflicted, but Israel would be spared. But unlike the other plagues,
this time God gives a visible sign that distinguished saved
Israel from punished Egypt. If anyone would sacrifice a spotless lamb
and spread its blood over the door of their homes, God would look at the blood and the
punishment would pass over them. But this wasn’t just a
ritual, it was also a feast. By the people eating their sacrifice,
they were forced to understand, appreciate, and enjoy what God
was doing for them. This feast would also become the
starting point for Israel’s new yearly calendar. Every year, they were to remember this
gracious act of God and eat the same meal. This story points us forward to
what God has done for us in Jesus. The death of the firstborn in Egypt was
God’s way of saying that this evil must stop. By Jesus dying on the cross God was
putting evil to a stop once and for all. Not only does he disarm the spiritual powers
of evil by taking away their weapon for condemnation, he actually stops evil
from multiplying within us. When we are saved, the Holy
Spirit begins a new work in us. Now we can do
good instead of evil. The New Testament calls
Jesus our Passover lamb. It was no accident that
Jesus’ death took place during the time when Israel
was celebrating the Passover feast. He was showing that his death was the fulfillment
of all the lambs slain to save the people of Israel. Now, anyone who puts their trust
in what Jesus earned for them, his blood covers them like the lamb’s
blood covered the Israelites’ doors. In the same way, God’s
judgement passes us over. Christians still participate
in the Passover feast today. Whether you know it as the Lord’s Supper,
Communion, the Eucharist, or by some other name, Christians have been eating this bread and
drinking this wine for the last two thousand years. When we eat this meal, we
remember the lamb that was slain that made it so we could be passed
over from the judgement we deserved. I pray that the Holy Spirit opens
your eyes to see the God of grace who passed you over even
when you deserved death, and may you see Jesus clearly today as
the Passover lamb who died, so that you might live.

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