Day 9 - Passover
Read Exodus 12:21-23.
Joseph’s children had children who had children and eventually there were so many of Joseph’s descendants in Egypt that the Egyptians were becoming really mean towards them. The new Pharaoh didn’t have the same respect for God's people and made the Israelites slaves. The Israelites begged God to rescue them, and though they didn’t feel like He was hearing them, they didn’t know He already had a plan in place.
Long story short, a man named Moses was sent to lead God’s people out of Egypt. Pharaoh kept saying no, even after God brought about nine terrible disasters on them. The tenth plague was the worst of all: God would send an angel of death through the land, and he would kill the first-born family member in each home…unless they followed some specific directions. He told them to take the blood of a lamb and use a hyssop branch to brush the blood of that animal on their doorposts. If a family did that, the angel of death would see the blood and go right past the home without taking the life of anyone; the angel would “pass over” that family. Sure enough, the next morning, there was much wailing from Egyptians who had lost their family members. But God’s people who covered their door frames in blood were saved.
Is this not what God has done for us? Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death.” Our sin makes us deserve death. But the blood of Jesus, which He shed on the cross, covers His people and makes us pure. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” Isn’t this amazing news? If you believe in Jesus, eternal death has passed over you, and you get to have freedom from slavery to sin. Praise Jesus for shedding his blood and covering our sin!
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