And the blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE PASSOVER WAS INSTITUTED.
1. It was instituted under perilous circumstances.
2. It was instituted under exceptional circumstances.
3. It was instituted under painful circumstances. And so the Cross of Christ was instituted under circumstances morally dangerous, morally exceptional, and morally painful, but under circumstances which rendered it most welcome to the true Israel.
II. THE PROCEEDINGS BY WHICH THE PASSOVER WAS CHARACTERISED.
1. A lamb was slain in the houses of the Israelites.
2. The blood of the Lamb thus slain was sprinkled on the upper door-post of the houses of the Israelites.
3. The slain lamb was eaten by the Israelites in an attitude of pilgrimage and haste. And so the soul must appropriate Christ; it must cultivate an attitude of moral haste, and it must be mindful of its pilgrim condition, if it is to be saved by Him.
III. THE RESULTS BY WHICH THE PASSOVER WAS FOLLOWED.
1. After the celebration of the Passover the Israelites were safe.
2. They were free.
3. They were joyous.Lessons:
1. That every household should have an interest in the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
2. That to experience the saving benefit of Christ's death the soul must personally receive Him.
3. That Christ as dying is the only hope of the soul.
4. That Christ died for all.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
WEB: The blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be on you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.