A Montrose Church Lent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Lent Day 28
Today's reading: Exodus 12:21-27
God’s interaction with the Pharaoh of Egypt was coming to a dramatic end. For days and weeks God had worked through signs and wonders, but Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened. Finally, God spoke in this way. He said that the firstborn in every home was going to die. However, God provided grace and a way of deliverance. He shared that the people were to take the blood of the Passover lamb, dip a bunch of hyssop into the blood, and put some of the blood on the top and both sides of the doorframe to their homes. Then the people were to stay in their homes throughout the night. On a night of death, those who were in their homes covered by the blood of the Passover lamb would not be affected.
As God was explaining to Moses all that would be involved in this act of deliverance, He said, "Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants" (v. 24). They were never to forget this night. It would be with them all throughout the generations. In fact, God explained it this way,
And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’
- Exodus 12:26-27
Today, centuries later, faithful Jewish people remember the Passover. Every year beginning on the 15th of their month Nisan, and for seven or eight days thereafter, they remember, reflect, celebrate, and retell the story. Christians, too, remember this sacred night because on that night when the blood of the Passover lamb was placed on the doorframe it made the sign of the cross, pointing forward to that day when God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, would become the universal Passover lamb. When we sing about being covered by the blood, this is what we are revealing. We believe Jesus offered His life so that the very life of God might flow into everyone who embraces what God is doing.
In a very real way the season of Lent is a journey to the Passover. Our lives are lived in a very real world, the trenches, if you would. All around us is evidence of suffering and pain, dying and death. But, like those ancient Israelites, we are covered by the blood of the Passover Lamb, Jesus, and tomorrow, we will see that God has been at work, that God is a delivering God, and that we are going to come through the trenches, ALIVE. In response to this gift of grace, and looking into her own life story, Nellie Edwards, in the early 20th century, penned these words
I can ne’er understand why He sought even me,
Why His lifeblood on Calvary flowed.
But sufficient for me, since He died on the tree,
He hath put my sins under the blood.
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