Exodus 12 tells us the specifics of the Passover. The name of this Jewish celebration came from the fact that God promised that when he saw the blood, he would not allow the destroyer to come into their homes and take the lives of the firstborn, as occurred in the houses where the blood was not applied.
...When I see the blood, I will pass over you. Exodus 12:12
The text says in the last verse that all of the Israelites did as they were instructed. It indicates that, not a single home in Egypt was unaffected, indicating that none of them were covered by the blood. Even to those held captive in the Egyptian dungeons. To me the miracle of that night was not that the firstborn of the Israelite families escaped if God saw the blood, but that the Israelites came together as a nation of people to all do the same thing. They were instructed to participate in a specific action, and they apparently did. They all believed. They all placed the blood on their doors. (verse 50.)
I don’t think they were concerned about this being a picture of the Savoir of future generations dying on a cross. They were concerned that God would kill their firstborn. Now it is sometimes forgotten that this would not only mean the children, but many of the adults were also the first born in their families. My husband and I are both firstborn children, so I often think what an impact it would have on some families to lose not just one child, but possibly parents, and grandparents.
The Egyptians were given 10 incentives to allow the people of Israel to go. God is willing to give a number of opportunities for people to act on his direction. But there does come a time when there are no more opportunities.
The one thing the Lord wants me to share from these verses, today, is that there is a call to action in order to receive the blessings of the Lord. It was possible to believe that the God of Israel was the one true God, and not place the blood on the door as specified, and reap the great losses of that decision to ignore the call to action. There is also a time for action. These things are true of God’s call to Salvation as well.
The blood applied leads to open doors.
Anyone can believe that Jesus is God’s son, and that he is the Messiah of the Jews, or that he died, rose again and ascended to heaven. But salvation is a call to action. You must apply the blood to the future of your soul. What the Israelites did in essence is they accepted the act as their salvation. There were thousands of Israelite children who never had any part in the act of putting the blood on the doorposts, but believed that because someone in their family did, they would not die. Their action was to prepare to leave Egypt. They looked ahead upon believing, to a time when a new life would open to them. They prepared to go where God would lead them.
If you believe that God can do something wondrous in your life, then act upon it. If it is a call from God to believe, go in the direction of your expected end. Be certain it is God’s call, not your own desire; but once you know - act. It is always possible that God will put a halt to it, desiring only to help you understand the principle of action upon believing. He may take you in a totally different direction. But the action will encourage you.
Lord, I confess that I often sit and worry about the “what if’s” instead of going in the direction of what I believe you are able to do in my life. I thought recently, about what would happen any time my husband was in need of medical care when he was having a heart attack. If we didn’t get him aspirin or his nitroglycerin, and then move in the direction of getting him to an emergency room each time, he might have died. Like the Passover, it is a simple motivation to get moving in the face of death. Lord, help me to act on things much less motivating. I believe you are willing to bless me, so help me Lord to act like it. AMEN