God is wise and knows how to do everything in the right way!
Exodus 11 and 12.
After all the plagues, Pharaoh, the wicked king of Egypt, still stopped the
Israelites from leaving Egypt. God then told Moses that He intended
to destroy all the first-born children and cattle in Egypt. He also
instructed Moses what the people of Israel needed to do if they didn't
want their first-born to be destroyed at the same time.
God said that Israel was to make a certain day the Passover feast, it was to
be at the beginning of the first month of their year. Our first
month is January, but the first month of the Jewish year is called Nisan.
On the tenth day of that Nisan every family of Israel was to take a
young sheep or lamb, and keep it until the fourteenth day.
The Passover Meal:
As the sun was going down on that day, they were to kill these lambs, and
sprinkle the blood on the sides and top of the doorposts of their houses.
And that night they were to roast their lamb and the family was to
eat it, or if the family was too small, then they could share it with
the family next door. However, none of that lamb was to be left
until the morning.
While they were eating the lamb, the people of Israel were to be dressed,
and ready to leave Egypt. This was because God knew that on the
next morning, Pharaoh would insist they leave straight away.
That night the power of God destroyed all the first-born of Egypt and
Pharoah was finally convinced to let the Israelites leave his country.
This was because his oldest son suddenly died, and also the
oldest child of every family of Egypt suddenly died. Pharaoh knew
that this terrible disaster had come upon the Egyptians because he
refused to let Israel leave the country.
Maybe you have been wondering whether the oldest children in the families
of Israel also suddenly died that night? (Let the children
respond). No, they didn't! The reason for this was
wherever the blood of the lamb was found on the doorposts of the houses,
the first-born child in that house was spared. In that way, all
the first-born children of the people of Israel were saved, and all who
did as God commanded were ready to march out of Egypt the next morning.
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Go!
Leave my people and worship the Lord as you have requested. Take
your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go!" The Egyptians
urged the people of Israel to hurry and leave the country. "For
otherwise," they said, "We will all die!"
So the people took their bread dough before yeast was added, and carried
it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in cloth. The
Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for
articles of silver and gold, and for clothing. The Lord had made
the Israelites favourable to the Egyptians, and they gave them what
they asked for.
The March to the Red Sea:
The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about
six hundred thousand men besides women and children. Many other
people went with them, as well as large herds of cattle and flocks of
sheep and goats.
With the bread dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of
bread. These were flat sheets of unleavened bread because the
dough was without yeast since they didn't have time to prepare food for
themselves as they were driven out of Egypt.
The Lamb of God:
The lamb sacrifice is a picture of what Jesus did for us. We call
it the Passover Lamb, because God passed over all the homes where the
blood of the lamb was sprinkled, and did not destroy the first-born in
In John 1:29, the Bible tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes
away the sin of the world. God knew that He would send Jesus as His
Lamb to die for all people. People who sin will be separated from God
forever. But, when Jesus takes all their sin away, these people will
live forever with God and Jesus in Heaven.
In the same way, those who put their trust in Jesus, God's Lamb, will have
eternal life and will be saved from eternal separation from God! God
is wise and knows how to do everything in the right way! That is the
reason we should always obey Him and do everything just as He says it
should be done!