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The Passover and Salvation

See Exodus 12, noticing the instituting of the Passover. Did the blood provide physical salvation only? Were the people saved spiritually? If so, explain the term "a mixed multitude" came out of Egypt. Research and discuss.

The Passover was instituted by God as a teaching mechanism as well. The entire feast was designed to point toward the importance of holiness, the importance of the blood, and as a method of stimulating the minds of the younger generations. The Passover was a method to teach the spiritual history of the nation to the children. The tradition is for the youngest child of a Jewish family to ask the father’s formal explanation of the original observance of the meal in Egypt. Likewise, many of the Psalms look back to the Passover history.

Exodus 12:26-28 (KJV)
26 And it shall come to , pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

There is a strong obligation connected with the Passover, not only in terms of the actual ceremonial requirements but also with remembering the meaning of the Passover. This is why the teaching element is so strongly emphasized. Exodus 12:26 points to the teaching element, while the preceding verse is the actual command to the Israelites to remember the deliverance event in great detail.

Exodus 12:25 (KJV)
25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

The Hebrew verb translated as “shall keep” can mean watch, keep, protect, or observe. The idea is to guard the history so as to be able to “tell” it to the younger generations. This is the same concept as a believer’s own personal testimony. The personal testimony is the greatest tool a believer has for being a witness to Jesus and just as the Hebrews were called upon to “tell” the Passover story to others, so should the Christian believer tell their own personal Passover story.


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