EXODUS 12:1-3 "1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land
of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak
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: 7 And 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. 11 And 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. 12 For 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. 13 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."
This is the actual beginning of the nation Israel. God was going to bring them out of
bondage and give them a fresh start and that warranted a New Year's Celebration. They had
gone down to Egypt as a family and now they are coming out as a nation - yet they are still all
descendants of Jacob so, in actuality, they are still one big family. God puts a lot of
emphasis on the family in this chapter. Family used to be a lot more important than it seems
to be today. Families used to go to church together, have a devotion time together and pray
together before going to bed. Now it seems everyone is too busy doing their own thing to even have
Each family was to kill a lamb. They were not to have too little or too much. If a couple had
no children, they were to join with their neighbors and share their lamb. The blood was to be
painted on the sides and above the door of each house. The flesh was to be roasted with
fire and eaten the same night with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The blood of the lamb
would cover everyone in the house. Even the little children who did not even realize what was
taking place that night. Children who have not come to the age of accountability are still
covered by the blood of the lamb today!
The Feast Of The Passover was to be eaten while they were fully dressed, including shoes
and staff, and it was to be eaten in a hurry. God was going to execute judgment on Egypt on this
blackest of nights. It would be a night that would never be forgotten.
For the religions in the world that depend on works or chants or priests to get them to
heaven, I can only say, read verse 13. "And when I see the blood, I will pass over you."
We are not saved by works. We are not saved because we are a member of a certain church. We are not
saved because we have confessed our sins to a priest. We can only be saved if we have the blood
of the lamb applied to our hearts, and we can only have the blood applied if we believe and confess
that Jesus Christ is the son of God, died on Calvary and arose again on the third day. Once the boold
has been applied and we stay inside the house, then we will be safe!
"14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye
shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away
leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off
Leaven is used to represent evil. In Matthew 16:6, Jesus told His disciples to "Beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." God was warning His people to be careful not
to mix the practices of other religions in with their worship of the Lord. The Feast Of The
Passover was eaten as a reminder of when God brought them out of Egypt, a heathen nation that
served other gods. They were to be careful as they passed through these other nations on
their way to Canaan that they did not pick up some of their practices along the way. We will
learn later on that this is exactly what they did!
DEATH OF THE FIRST BORN THE TENTH PLAGUE
"29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh
that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh
rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house
where there was not one dead. 31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from
among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 32 Also take your flocks and
your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. 33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they
might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. 34 And the people took their dough before it was
leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 35 And the children of Israel did
according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 And
the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And
they spoiled the Egyptians."
This is the last plague. There was not one house in the whole land of Egypt without a death that
night. Not even the animals were spared. God was tired of fooling around with the Egyptians.
Pharaoh had to finally admit that he was no match for the God of Israel. He not only let
the people go, he kicked them out of Egypt. The bible says they spoiled the
Egyptians. They took their jewels of gold and silver and their clothes. But what they took was
justified because they had worked for years with no compensation. Even though we may go for
years without seeing any reward for our hard work, God has a payday waiting for all His people.
Remember God had told them to eat the Passover Feast without leaven, with their shoes on and with
their staff in their hand? Well they were thrust out of Egypt. They had to leave in a hurry.
They did not have time to put the leaven in their bread and wait for it to rise, they did not even
have time to get dressed and put on their shoes. They collected what was owed them from their
neighbors, the Egyptians, and ran for their lives. They had been living in Goshen for 430 years
and it came down to this one night and last plague. The bible says that the Egytians were urgent
to send them out of the land..."for they said, We be all dead men."
EXODUS 12:37-38 "37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to
Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with
them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle."
When Israel came out of Egypt there were six hundred thousand men, that is not counting the women and
children. There were probably well over a million people. What a sight that must have been! Besides
the people who were directly descended from Jacob, a mixed multitude went with them. This would
be the product of an Egyptian marrying an Israelite. The offspring of these unions would have to
decide whether to remain in Egypt or go with Israel into the desert. We will find later on that
this mixed multitude would be a cause of trouble for Israel. Many churches today have a similar
problem with people who join the church but were never saved. They can make a lot of problems
for the church!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
If one of the Israelites had gone outside of the house for something (like more firewood) the
night of the Passover, do you think their family would have suffered a death?
If an Egyptain family had heard of the blood of the Passover and applied the blood of a lamb on
their door posts in faith, do you think the first born of their home would have been spared?
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