by the Rev. Henry Huenemann
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:13).
1And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,
2This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance [inner parts] thereof.
10And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.
12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
In this meditation I am going to talk to the children. I am going to tell them about something that happened long, long ago in a faraway land. The land is Egypt. The people of God lived in this land, but they had a hard time. The Egyptians made them work very hard, and even killed their boy babies. But the people of God cried to God. He heard their cry and called a man by the name of Moses to lead them, out of the land of Egypt, and bring them into a good land "flowing with milk and honey."
But the ruler of Egypt did not want to let the people of God go, so God sent his plagues upon the Egyptians, but He spared his people. The last plague was the killing of the firstborn of the Egyptians. Before God sent his angel to kill the firstborn of the Egyptians, He told his people to kill a lamb and put the blood upon the sideposts of the door and upper doorpost, and when the angel would see the blood, he would pass by. The people of God did so, and the angel passed by their houses and their firstborn were not killed. The blood of the lamb protected them, and God brought them into the good land.
Jesus is our Passover Lamb. "The blood of Jesus Christ . . . cleanseth us from all sin."
Our Father in heaven, we thank Thee, that through the shedding of the blood of Thy Lamb there is forgiveness of sins. We thank Thee that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. We praise Thy name, that Christ so loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and bestows upon us his righteousness, and has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Scripture in Devotional: 1 John 1:7.
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