Scripture Read: Exodus 12
Title: The Final The Passover
(H) Highlight verse: "The LORD brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts"" Ex. 12:50
(E) Explain: Chapter 12 is a detailed account of God's liberation of Israel from Egypt. This exodus will be instituted and commemorated by the Passover. This Passover will be a continual reminder that God passed over the Israelites when he executed the tenth and final plague on Egypt.
God gives specific instructions as to what the Israeltites are to do in preparation of this mass departure from Egypt. Each home (according to their father's house) is to take a lamb without blemish and kill the lamb on the 14th day of Abib, which would be April. They are to drain the blood and take some of the blood to to put on the door posts of the house. The lamb is to be roasted over a fire and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The meal is to be eaten with their belts fastened, sandals on and staff in hand, because it will be eaten in haste. The blood on the doorposts will be a sign to God to pass over the home and no plague shall befall the household.
This Passover meal shall be instituted as a yearly celebration to commemorate what the LORD did in setting the people of Israel free from slavery. the institution of this observance is show God's love for His people, Israel and they are to remember this until the end of time. The people of Israel lived in Egypt for 430 years and during this final plague, God was setting Israel free from captivity.
The people did as they were told and God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt.
(A) Application: Passover is not just an event, and it is not just a one night or one-time occurrence. This is a annual celebration and commemoration of what God has done for His beloved people. It is intended to be passed on to children from generation to generation. However, it is not just to remember what he HAS done, but also a reminder of what God continues to do.
The Passover is highly significant not only to the Jewish nation, but to Christians as well. With Passover we are reminded that Jesus was the perfect Lamb, without blemish, who was sacrificed in our place. His shed blood has the power of cleansing and protecting us from the judgment of God. Through Jesus we are set free from the captivity of sin. Because of Jesus we are no longer slaves to sin, but now slaves to righteousness.
(R) Respond: Thank you for Jesus. He is the perfect Passover Lamb who shed blood saves and rescues His people. Thank you for Jesus s he brings redemption from sin and sets us free from the captivity and bondage of sin.
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