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The First Passover And Jesus

Rev Cheong Yew Kwong
April 12, 2020

The First Passover And Jesus

The first Passover in Egypt was a type of Jesus our Passover. 

The Lord instructed the Israelites to take some of the blood from the lamb or goat and put it on the two doorposts and lintel of their houses. 

Roasting the flesh in fire symbolises that Jesus was roasted in the fire of hell.

The unleavened bread symbolises Jesus’ body that was without a sin nature. He was afflicted for us when He was hung on the cross (Deuteronomy 16:3). The wounds inflicted on His body were a sign that we were healed.

Bitter herbs symbolises pain or grief of past sins, or Israel’s bitter experience of oppression. It was also a type of Jesus bearing our pain and grief of sin, and the bitter experience of oppression of the devil laid on Him when He was afflicted on the cross.

Passover means not “to pass over” per se but rather “to defend, to protect.” The Lord will cover the  houses of the Israelites to protect and to prevent the destroyer from entering in. It was the plague (destroyer) that sought to enter the Jewish homes, but the Lord’s angels stood guard by their houses and prevented the plague from entering. It was a merciful passing over of a destructive power. 

The destroyer was the plague, an epidemic disease with a high death rate. Moses gave the Israelites these instructions.

The blood on the doorposts and the lintel were a sign to the Lord. “When I see the blood – I will ‘protect’ you”. Contrary to the negative idea, “I will pass over or omit you”. The blood is a sign of the blood covenant of protection the Lord made with the children of Israel. It is also the type of the blood covenant God established for us through the Blood of Jesus.

Another meaning of Passover is that when the Lord passed over the home of an Israelite and saw the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the doorposts and the lintel, He would protectively cover the house and would not allow the plague to destroy those in the house. 

It was the angels who passed over the land of Egypt, and when they saw the blood, they covered the entrance to defend and to protect those inside the house. Another meaning given to Passover is the Lord will preserve the people in the house. 

Actually, it was the merciful passing over of the hosts of angels and upon seeing the blood, the angels stood guard over the house, while the destructive force of the plague (virus) passed over the houses of Israel. God and His angels did not pass over to omit the homes of the Israelites.

Notice it was neither the angel nor the Lord who destroyed them, but the plague; an epidemic disease with a high death rate – a virus.