Originally posted 2022-04-03 17:37:03.
The background to the Passover story
The Passover story really took place many, many years ago. It is found in the Book of Exodus between chapters 1 to 12
Passover story reminds us that God miraculously delivered the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It is a reminder that God loves nations and keeps promises.
Passover celebrations take place every year in Israel and around the world. When the Jews lived in Egypt, they were treated like slaves and forced to work very hard.
They were distressed and cried and cried to God. God heard their cries and sent a Jew called Moses to deliver them.
Moses went to the Pharaoh or king. He told Pharaoh to release the Jews. Pharaoh refused and God plagued his nation with ten plagues.
In the final plague, God killed all of the firstborn children in Egypt. However, He commanded the Jews to kill a lamb and to sprinkle the blood on their doorposts.
At midnight, when the angel came, he passed over the homes that had the blood of the lamb on the doorposts.
The blood of the lamb teaches us that God will protect and save those who are covered with the blood of Jesus.
Passover is a time of miracles and deliverance from difficult situations. We are also reminded that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Passover story in Exodus 12
This is the Passover story in Exodus 12
|1||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.|
|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.|
|14||“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.|
What did Pharaoh and his people do when the plague struck at midnight?
At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock.
|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 someone was not dead.|
|31||Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said.|
|32||Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!”|
|33||The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.”|
|34||So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders.|
|35||The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing.|
|36||And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.|