Monday, March 13, 2017

Exodus 12 – God saves Israel from Slavery

Exodus 12:13 NIV

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

I have always wondered what “Passover” meant. In the dictionary it meant the major Jewish spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, lasting seven or eight days from the 15th day of Nisan. In other words, it’s the Independence Day for Jews for which the world has adopted. But only now I understood it well.

For many countries in the world, citizens celebrate Independence Days because it meant they can live on their own race without a superior country over them. It is to recognize that they have established themselves separate from other nations with full power over themselves. It has the same concept with the Israelites then. They celebrate it because they are no longer slaves to the Egyptians which by the way last for more than 400 years. But the way it’s different is the way of celebrations. In the Philippines, we expect fireworks, grand celebrations, concerts, events and more. But for the chosen people, it was more of a celebration. These people didn’t fight for their freedom, it was given to them. By the time blood was being shed, they were eating, preparing to leave and worshiping. God has delivered them and all they needed to do was spray the blood of their dinner that night at their door fronts. They simply had to sacrifice a lamb. And during the whole Exodus, despite all the complaints and sins the people had, God still delivered them. They lacked food – God provided. They thirsted – God provided. They had foes on their way – still, God provided. God always provides after Passover. 

And so, Israelites celebrate the Passover not over grand feasts alone but with worship but they didn’t win their freedom by themselves, it was given to them.

Should Passover be exclusive for the Jews alone? At this day it sure isn’t. The New Testament has given Exodus 12:13 an all new meaning. The Lamb was sacrificed and through His blood, once again God has passed over through us. This is the very reason why in prayers, we always claim the Blood of Jesus because it is our redemption. Passover comes to every man who applies the blood of Jesus in their lives, in their homes, in their families. And thus, redemption came to us - an Independence where we are not left alone, but an Independence where we actually get dependence and that is from God. And from that point on in our lives, we face a whole new Exodus where we will be in need. With that, God will provide.