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Lambs & Foreigners – Feast of Passover 2

The recap of the earlier session goes like this:

Passover is a noun term from the Hebrew word “Pesach” which means exemption. God exempted the people of Israel from a dangerous judgment when He hopped over ( pâsach) over them as He passed through the Land of Egypt that night.

Now, you’d noticed from the previous episode that a blameless male lamb was to be killed, eaten and it’s blood applied on the doorposts and lintels.

The Lamb could either be a from a sheep or goat (Exodus 12:5). Not just lambs from sheep 🐑

Now, the lamb was sacrificed for that event was also called the Passover 👇

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover.

Exodus 12:21

In some Bible versions, you will see “Passover lamb.” That word “lamb” was just a reference the translators used to help us, readers….such a word was never written in the original Hebrew. The lamb was called the Passover because its blood was used by God to determine what or who to exempt.

The Lord was technically skipping over the blameless lamb, not the people.

If an Israelite did not apply that lamb’s blood on his door post; that person, even though an Israelite, would have suffered the same judgment.

The same goes for non-Israelites who applied the lamb’s blood on their doorposts. The Lord would still exempt them.

Actually He did….

The Bible notes that some foreigners joined the Israelites to leave Egypt 👇🏼

Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.

Exodus 12:37‭-‬38

The mixed multitude that joined the Israelites were people from multiple nations that joined them.

This meant that these foreigners might have been close with the Israelites since they were all enslaved by the great Egyptian empire.

They followed Moses’ instructions and applied the blood of the lamb too on their doorposts and lintels.

God saw the blood and skipped over them too.

Why Firstborns?

Why was the judgment for the Egyptian centuries of cruelty on the people of Israel, the striking of all firstborns?

The answer was clearly stated in the Scriptures:

Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.

So I said to you, ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.

Exodus 4:22‭-‬23

God took their firstborn because Israel was God’s firstborn. The people of Egypt had inhumanly maltreated and killed many of these people for centuries.

It was time for God to execute judgement.

Just one scene was during the time of Moses’ birth. The male children were drowned in the River Nile in an effort to reduce the population of the Israelite males.

Note this 👉: The scripture text above was way before the plagues began. God warned Pharaoh earlier of the final plague – what He (God) would do if Pharaoh refused.

Even then God did not execute judgement immediately. He started with different plagues.

If Pharaoh had agreed, that judgement wouldn’t have taken place..

However, we all know the story. So eventually, God had to execute what He originally intended.

There are lessons here you’d find about God’s mercy.

✅ He gave Pharaoh the chance to repent – many chances (plagues)

✅ He skipped over the blood of the lamb not necessarily His people.

This was another mercy extension. It was mercy to everyone🥺

If any Egyptian had followed that instruction, they wouldn’t have had to go through that judgement 🤷🏽‍♂️

That’s all for today. I can guess you’re already applying these lessons to your new life in Christ and seeing similarities.

That is our next step. Delving to understand how Jesus fulfilled this feast.

So until next time…

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