The protection of the blood
Scripture reading for January 22nd: Exodus10-12
My wife and I adopted two girls from Russia in 1999. They were 8 and 9 years of age and spoke no English when they came to America from near Siberia in August of that year. We were eager to share our faith in Jesus with them and took them to church each week. We had to communicate in sign language most of the time. For Easter of 2000, I did an illustrated sermon with a live lamb, a basin of red paint, and a door frame. I also had a big knife. I explained the story of the Passover lamb that was killed for the Israelites from Exodus 12. That day, one of our girls prayed to receive the Lord as her Savior! Pictures are powerful tools for presenting truth!
Egyptians worshiped many gods and Pharaoh, himself, was considered like a god. God sent Moses to confront Pharaoh with ten plagues. Scripture stated that Pharaoh hardened his heart through the first few plagues. (Exodus 8:15, 32) After the plague of death on Pharaoh’s animals, it states that “the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” (Exodus 9:12) This hardening of a heart is what happens when truth is denied and a person or nation refuses to hear God’s voice or obey His instructions. When you pass a certain point, God then turns you over and hardens your heart to your own destruction!
The last plague was the death of all the firstborn. A lamb was to be brought into the house on the tenth day of the month. The Israelites were to be sure it was a perfect lamb, without blemish. They were to keep it until the fourteenth day and slaughter it at twilight. The elder in the home was to take blood and sprinkle it on the doorpost and over the lentil. Every family member was to be inside. The lamb’s body was to be roasted in the fire and eaten. They were to be ready to travel. At midnight, the death angel would visit each household. When he saw the blood on the door post of a house, he would pass over that home. Every home that failed to be covered with the blood would find the firstborn child suddenly dead! Those with faith to obey God would be spared!
Exodus 12:13 “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”