Understanding the Passover

So many times in the Old Testament, God gives us a “type and shadow” of the things to come in the

images (1)future.  He gives us a metaphor and with this metaphor God loves to paint a picture with His Words.  In this article I want to share a little on my favorite type and shadow in the Bible: The Passover  from the book of Exodus.

Exodus 12:21;  Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. 

God is painting the picture and it an easy one to understand.  When we go through the story and understand what these words mean spiritually, they give us a deeper meaning of our salvation.

Egypt/World System

First let us look at Egypt.  Egypt is a picture of the “world” in which we are all born into.  We are children of God yes, but after the fall of Adam and Eve, we are no longer born into “Eden” but into this fallen world.  So after the fall of man at the garden, every man and woman born into this world are born spiritually dead.  This is why Jesus said in John 3;3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”   You might be alive physically but your spirit is dead and can not understand the things of God or enter into His Kingdom.  When we are not born-again, our mind and thoughts are locked into this world view and system.  We simply can not gasp spiritual truths.

Here is an example we all have heard; “I read the Bible but it is nothing but Greek to me!” The reason is: We need the help of the Holy Spirit to teach us the spiritual truths contained in the Word of God.  Without God’s aid the Bible is reduced to a bunch of ancient stories written in an ancient culture.   So we need to be born again (our spirit-man becoming alive) to understand the Biblical truths and principles God set in His Word.

Which lead us to the next point. 

Living in Egypt Produces Slaves

For 430 years the Israelites lived in Egypt and Egypt made them slaves.  Being born into this world produces the same results, sin becomes our slave-master.  When we read of Israel suffering at the hands of slave-masters, this should be a wake-up call to all of us.  This is an excellent example showing us how living in this world will treat us.  Sin is a brutal task master!

Roman 6:17; But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Unfortunately, many find pleasure in this world with its many sins.  Because of this desire for pleasure many choose to stay in their sins. God will never force anyone to leave, remember God gives us our choice.  As long as we desire this world with its manifold pleasures, they are ours.  God gives them to us, including all the pains, problems and consequences that come along with sin.

Proverbs 10:2  A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes.

Good News

God did not intend for us to stay in the world system and be slaves for our entire lives.  As He did for Israel, He does for us in this story.

“Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 

 The Lamb 

Genesis 22:8:  And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”
I wanted to start with this verse, because from the beginning, God had a plan to rescue His children.  I especially like Genesis 22:8 when it is written in the proper sentence structure.  When the translators translated the Bible, they left out a comma.  Let us look at what God was saying.  Let us reread this with the comma in place:
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide Himself,  the lamb for a burnt offering.”
This is exactly what happened.  God provided Himself as the Lamb for the burnt offering.  Jesus is the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  So when God needed to rescue us from these bonds of slavery, God became man and became the sacrifice to save us all.
Interesting fact: This is why Jesus was born in a stable.  God went so far as to be born in Bethlehem in a stable. These very lambs, born in these stables, were the exact ones used for the “passover” in Jerusalem at the time of the passover feast.  Jesus was born with all the other sacrificial lambs!   These same lambs which were offered for the atonement of Israel’s sins.

Dip the blood 

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Exodus 12:22  dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. 

If you look at the picture of the door, you will see that when the Israelites took the hysop branch, dipped it in the blood, struck the top of the door and then moved this bloody, dripping branch left to right  they were looking at something very puzzling to them: “a picture of a bloody cross.” on their door.  To them this was a mystery because the cross for crucifixion, was not made for thousands of years later by the Roman Empire.  But for us today what a powerful picture this is.

The Results of the Blood

Nevertheless, when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

This is the great news of the gospel.  Jesus sacrificed Himself for your sins and took all your punishment upon Himself!  This happened so that when it is time for judgement, God will do the same as he did in this picture story.  God’s judgement (the destroyer) will pass over you and you will not die. (eternally)

When your life is marked by the “blood of the lamb,” God’s judgement will never come upon you.  It will pass over you.  When Satan wants to drag your spirit to hell he will see that your spirit is reborn and the outer door of your heart is marked by the blood of Jesus.  He then has to pass over you.  He no longer has any claims on your life.  You have been purchased and delivered from his power by Jesus Christ.  Think about it, Jesus dying in our place is the best news there could ever be!

Remember, the Egyptians and the Israelites are the same, they are both members of this human race.  So what was the different between the children of the world (Egyptians) and the children of God (Israel)?  In reality nothing!  But whoever applied the blood to their doorway was spared.  I believe if an Egyptian heard this and did the same, in faith with the people of Israel, they would have received the same blessing from God.  The judgement would have passed over them too.

I believe this would have gone the other way also.  If an Israelite that night, decided this was foolish and did not apply the blood of the Lamb to the door post, he would have received the same judgement as the Egyptians did that night.

Romans 10:13 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God does not have favorites.  God does not pick and choose who gets saved and who doesn’t.  Salvation is for whoever calls on His name.  God will save them from their sin.  No person, no matter what he has done, will ever have God reject them if they repent and give their lives to him.   Repent today and receive the forgiveness he gives at the cross.
You too can become like the Israelites after they partook of the Passover meal.  They walked right out of Egypt and became free people going to meet God at Mount Sinai.  In the same manner, you can repent, ask God into your life and walk out as a free and new person.  This is where they became God’s people and God promised them not an Egypt, but a “promise land” dipping with milk and honey.
So if you have never asked God to remove your sins, do so today.  It is a free gift and it is for the asking.  God will break the slave masters chains and deliver you to freedom.  At this point you may be asking what shall I do?
  1. Acknowledge you are a sinner, or if you are a religious person you may be trying to earn your way to heaven through traditions and the law.
  2. Repent (this simply means that your going one way and you notice you are going the wrong way! Turn  Around!  Your life is leading you straight to hell.  Turn around and move toward God.
  3. Realize you can not save yourself!  Only Jesus can save you and He already did 2000 years ago on the cross, He became that Lamb and shed his blood for you and I.
  4. Just like Israel, place (spiritually) the blood on the post of your heart.  You do this by accepting this free gift and giving your life to Jesus.  It simply is for the asking and God gives it.
  5. When you do this,  God’s judgement will pass over you because Jesus already received that punishment at the cross.  One final thing, this is not just a “get out of Hell free card”.  Going to Heaven and missing Hell is a great benefit of being passed over from God’s judgement, but there is so, so much more!
  6. John 17:3 (NKJV)  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  So what is eternal life?  We get to spend the rest of this life on earth and then the next in eternity getting to know God and Jesus Christ!  
So my friends do not live your life, Passed over.  Next weeks article is:
“What’s next?”  See what God has in store for those who leave Egypt.
If you have any questions on salvations or this message. Feel free to write me at Dennis  I love to hear from you.

Written by Dennis Stauffer

Edited by Gary Green (Omega House)

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