40 Days of Faith
"By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood,
lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them."
The darkness of the night was so great that they could feel it all around them. Days of preparation had gone into this night before it came. The strange things that happened all throughout the land of Egypt were astounding. Water had turned into blood. Frogs occupied every corner of Egyptian homes. Crops had been destroyed by clouds of locust. Herds of animals had succumbed to disease. Moses had told the Israelites that all these things had been sent down through him by Jehovah. Those that were skeptics in the beginning were skeptics no longer.
This night was different though. The greatest curse of all was now pronounced upon the firstborn of each family: death. Moses' had warned them that the death angel was coming to take the firstborn of each family if the voice of the Lord was not heeded. Now, as Israelites were lying in their beds they knew that this was true as well. In the darkness of the night moaning and wailing could be heard from the homes of the Egyptians. The noise had started faintly from a distant place, but now it seemed that every household was filled with weeping. The news had been spread among the Israelites that Moses had been summoned to the palace, because Pharaoh's house was not left untouched. He was weeping with a mixture of broken-heartedness and anger for the death of his firstborn.
At first glance, it appears that death has come to every home in Egypt with the exception of the homes of the Israelites. That is not true however. Even Israelite homes had experienced death this day and there was proof. In order for the angel of death to Passover their home a spotless and innocent lamb had to be killed. The blood of this guiltless lamb was then applied generously around the doorpost of the home. As the angel passed over Egypt he saw this blood on the doorpost and passed over that home so that all that were inside were saved. These families and individuals believed God by faith and now experienced God's mercy and grace.
2,000 years ago the spotless and innocent Lamb, Jesus Christ, shed His blood for us on the cross of Calvary. He came to give His life as a ransom for the souls of many in order that they might not taste death. We come to Him by faith and are saved by His wonderful grace. The blood of Christ is shed upon our souls, and we are able to overcome only by the blood of the Lamb.
May you rejoice in life eternal today!