February 24
Exodus 12:29-36, 13:17-18

The great escape

On the night that God had told them about, the Israelite families put the blood of a goat or lamb on the doorposts and above the door.

At midnight, the oldest son in every family and the first-born of every animal died, except in the houses where the angel of death saw the blood of the animal on the doorframe.

There was loud crying all over Egypt when the Egyptians found that the oldest son in every family had died. Even the king’s son was dead! Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, let the Israelites go and the Egyptian people gave the Israelites jewelry and gold because they were afraid that God would punish them even more.

How can the blood of a lamb save someone’s life?

You may have heard how one person’s blood can help save the life of another person by taking blood from one and letting it run through a thin pipe into the body of the other.

But the blood of an animal is not the same as that of a person and the Israelites sprinkled the blood on the outside of the door! How could that keep someone inside the house from dying?

The Israelites believed God and they were obedient. They did not understand or question why they had to put blood around their doors. By faith they simply obeyed and were saved!

Looking back, we can see that this is a perfect picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God (John 1:29). He came to earth to die in our place and let His blood flow for us. When, by faith, you ask Jesus to cleanse your heart from every sin, you will be saved! (1John 1:9).

Verse for today

“By faith he (Moses) kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel” Hebrews 11:28.