Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; 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.
Exodus 12:7, 12-13
After centuries of slavery and nine plagues visited on Egypt, the promise of God was beginning to unfold. Moses would lead the people out the land of bondage after one more plague—the death of the firstborn. A night of death and destruction awaited the people of Egypt.
God instructed the Hebrews to prepare themselves for departure. Several instructions are mentioned in Exodus 11-12 including the meal they would prepare and being ready to plunder the land of their hardship. They would also take a lamb, slaughter it, and take the blood of the animal and place it on the door frame of their houses. When the death angel saw the blood, it would pass over the house and all who were inside the dwelling would be saved. Those acted who by faith would be protected while those outside would suffer. The Israelites did as they were told and were given their freedom and victory.
When Christians look at this account from Exodus, we see more than meets the eye. For in this narrative, we find a symbolic picture of Jesus. Christ shed His blood and died just as the lamb did. The blood of the “Lamb of God” and the Passover lamb provided protection, salvation, and deliverance for those who believed by faith. All who are saved under the New Covenant have the “blood” of Christ metaphorically applied to their lives as a cleansing agent for their sin. And the angel of spiritual death passes over those who are saved and redeemed by Christ’s blood. The end result of these wonderful works of God is that Believers are given a home in heaven forever.
These chapters are a wonderful and powerful symbol of what Christ has done for us and for all who will believe in Him. Through His death and resurrection, those who trust in the Savior by faith are saved from their sin, redeemed and set free, and delivered from God’s judgement. (Romans 10:9-10, 13) We give thanks today for the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)