Our last reading set forth the Lord’s command as to the passover, we shall now see it obeyed.
Exodus 12:21, 22
They must abide under the shelter of the blood or perish.
Else had Israel died as well as Egypt. It was not character or position, but the sprinkled blood which made the difference. The sacrifice of Jesus is the true reason of our salvation.
Whatever else we forget we must hold by the substitutionary atonement as long as time endures.
The youngest ought to be instructed in the doctrine of atonement by blood: it is the most vital truth of our most holy faith.
Death reigned where the blood was not sprinkled, and so must it be. Are we all marked with the blood of our Great Substitute?
Exodus 12:31, 32
Here was the overthrow of pride. The haughty tyrant surrenders, and becomes himself a suppliant. God’s sword can reach the heart of leviathan himself, though he thinks himself invulnerable and invincible.
These were not borrowed as we understand the word, but asked for, and freely given, because the people honoured the Israelites, and were afraid to incur their anger.
Their long and unpaid services were thus, in a measure, requited by the gifts of the Egyptians.
When souls are spiritually set free from sin, the Lord is pleased to adorn them with many precious things; for he is abundant in lovingkindness towards his people.
Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
All our sins on Thee were laid:
By almighty love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made:
All Thy people are forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy blood:
Open’d is the gate of heaven;
Peace is made ‘twixt man and God.