When the lamb was slaughtered at twilight, the whole Israelite community dabbed its blood on each door post and the upper lintel of their house. They were assured that this was a salvation sign to the death angel and he would pass over their home. (Amazingly, when the blood dripped down it formed a cross.)
Moses trusted God for His work in convincing Pharaoh to deliver the children of Israel. This last plague was the one that led to immediate action. It resulted in the death of every firstborn male, whether human or animal.
The “gods” of Egypt were challenged and defeated. No longer would a manmade image or person of authority (Pharaoh) be over God’s chosen.
Faith and obedience powered the children of Israel to leave Egypt by the millions. When Moses moved, it was in response to God’s direction. Moses may not have been a “smooth talker” but he most assuredly was an honest worshiper.
When I face the fear of moving foward, I look at Moses’s example. He stayed focused on God (more than the enormous task at hand), he obeyed God’s instruction exactly as stated (no compromise), and he trusted God’s timetable (knowing they were to be boldly prepped and ready to make haste).
Father God, keep me under the blood of the lamb. The Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29). Help me to obey your Word, the Bible, more than man-made philosophy. Help me to move boldly and not hold back when you make a way for me.
You are the Creator and sustainer, I trust in You. – Teresa
Exodus 12: 1-13 (ESV).
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.[b]
7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 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.
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