Reading: Exodus 12: 1-11
Verse Seven: Take some of the blood and put it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses…
After many years of slavery in Egypt, God is about to free His chosen people. He has heard their cries and has sent Moses to free them. Nine plagues have hardened Pharaoh’s heart but the tenth will set them free. It will become a touchstone moment for the Israelites. This event is so important that God resets the calendar to zero to begin the next stage in the history of His people. It is an event that continues to be celebrated yearly in Jewish homes.
God gives specific instructions for this night – select a lamb or goat without defect and care for it for four days in your home. Slaughter it at twilight and roast the meat over a fire. Do not boil it or eat it raw. Eat or burn all of it. Eat it with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. Eat it in haste – with your cloak tucked in and sandals on your feet and staff in hand. Be ready when Pharaoh relents. And the blood. “Take some of the blood and put it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses”. Take the blood from the sacrifice and use it to mark yourself as mine, says God. Celebrate the meal exactly this way. Trust in God and the plan He has laid out. Trust and follow the plan. Know that God is with you and will go with you wherever you will go. Every year Jews celebrate the Passover, remember God’s promises, and look forward to continuing to live in His promises.
The same imagery and message come on the cross. Remember the blood of the Lamb. Remember how Jesus bled for you and for me. Celebrate the blood that washes away our sin and marks us as holy and pure in God’s sight. And remember the promises: the cross is because I love you. I will be with you always. I will never leave you or forsake you. I love you. Thanks be to God for His everlasting promises of love and grace. We are and always will be His. Thanks be to God.