In Exodus 12, we see the freedom of Israel from Egypt, with God’s most dreadful plague (the death of the firstborn)! But this comes through God’s judgement, which will even fall upon Israel herself. To secure Israel’s freedom, God requires every Israel household to sacrifice a baby lamb, cuts its neck, pour out its blood, dip hyssop (a reed plant) into the blood, and paint their doorposts with it. This was to be done so that when God’s judgement came in the night and the Egyptians died left, right, and centre, the Israelites would survive death! Israel needed the blood of the lamb because without it, she would have perished just as the Egyptians did – Israel’s salvation was not in herself since she was just as worthy of judgement as Egypt was (c.f. Romans 3:9-12).
The parallels to Jesus are beyond question, as John the Baptist recognised Jesus as the Lamb who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). At the Last Supper, Jesus called Himself the Passover Lamb (Matthew 26:18), and in Revelation there is worship of Jesus as being the Lamb who shed His blood to save His people and make them victorious. This blood doesn’t merely save us from hell, but has the power to remove sin from within us. Here is my sermon today on this amazing passage of Scripture in Exodus 12 (c.f. Hebrews 9:11-15).
God bless, Pastor Haydn.
Afterword: I found this book a very helpful resource in my preparation for this sermon: