For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. I am the Lord. The blood shall be for a token or sign to you upon the houses where you are, when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt (Ex. 12:12-13).
The Lord God constituted Passover for Israel at the time when they left Egypt, as a memorial of their deliverance from bondage to Egypt and as a future signal pointing to YAHSHUA the Son of God, Who was to come as the perfect Lamb of God to be sacrificed for the sins of mankind. Before then, Jacob’s sons were not yet an established nation. They were residents in Egypt for many years, as in 430 years. God promised Abraham that after that frame of time, his descendants would leave for the Promised Land as He had promised him. When the new Pharaoh arose to power, who did not know Joseph, neither the background history why he and his brothers landed in Egypt, things changed for all of them. They no longer enjoyed the freedom they used to have, but were subjected to hard labor mercilessly. Theirs is a story of contrast: blessings and hardships, but God had a plan for the offspring of Abraham. Because Abraham believed God’s word, he was promised blessings upon him and his posterity. Choosing Moses with the help of his brother, Aaron to lead his people out of Egypt, God performed great miracles before Pharaoh through them to show Pharaoh that He was and is the only true God, above all the Egyptians’ gods. Pharaoh’s heart became hard with every judgment God sent to them, until the slaughter of all the males in the land of Egypt, for which Jacob’s sons’ families were sealed with the blood of the sacrificial lamb they had killed that day.
I am the Lord your God… you shall have no other god before Me (Exodus 20:2). And now, Israel, what does the Lord God require of you but to fear the Lord your God – to walk in all His ways and to love Him and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with you entire being to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good? (Deut. 10: 5, 12.13)
Law showed the nation of Israel the holiness of the Lord, the need for them to
desire it for themselves through obedience to God’s commandments as their part
of the covenant. No one outside the Law’s requirements was able to please God’s
holiness. In holiness, our God is righteous, and righteousness is the
foundation of His throne (Psalm 89:14a). From the beginning men adopted many
gods to satisfy their spiritual hunger, since they were created with a
spiritual need for God. The Law was given with the purpose to point men to the
One True God and His attributes. There are two aspects of the Law: ceremonial
and moral. The ceremonial rituals served to point to the ultimate sacrifice of
God’s Son, ending all the sacrifices of animals for the atonement of men’s sin.
The blood of God’s Son poured out for the forgiveness of sin was more than
sufficient to ratify the agreement of the new covenant- covenant of blood.
What’s the meaning of blood and water flowing out from
YAHSHUA’S side? Have you ever wondered why and the meaning behind it? The truth
of the matter is that we never stop to wonder why and what’s the significance
behind it; we go on with minimum knowledge, not perceiving how little we care
to know the reason behind it, to understand the extent of YAHSHUA’S suffering
on our behalf. I believe that knowledge, as a glass window, will make possible
for our eyes of understanding to see clearly and to change the way we see Him
in His sufferings, and in relation to blood and water flowing out from His side
when He was pierced. There is much to consider in the case of blood and water
being flown from His side that is very important in the physical and in the
spiritual realm to all those who are called believers in YAHSHUA.
drop of YAHSHUA’S blood being poured out was to fulfill His Father’s purpose
for mankind. While under the merciless hands of the Romans, when being
scourged, His body received deep wounds from which His blood flowed constantly
non-stop. There, He emptied Himself of His own life, since life resides in the
blood of every creature. Blood is the fundamental function of every cell, with
the purpose to sustain and to bring life. Its redness indicates the hemoglobin
of life. It is protected by the veins, a means to carry its life to the entire
body, while the heart is its motor making possible its flow.
17:11, 14; Romans 3:24-26)
is a fluid connective tissue. It brings life to every living cell. In its
amazing functions and complexities of details we are amazed at God’s wisdom! He created the blood’s means of transportation
called the circulatory system. Through
it the blood transports nutrients to the cells, oxygen to the lungs, removes
carbon dioxide from it; it transports waste to the liver and kidneys, it fights
diseases, it regulates body temperature; at the sight of injury, it applies the
process of blood clotting, called blood platelet. It is amazing how it
supposedly rescues us from bleeding to death! The blood is composed of 55%
plasma- (the liquid part of the blood), white blood cells, which protects the
body from pathogens, and platelet – the blood clotting process. It is composed
of 45% of red blood cells- the most numerous living cells in the body. It
carries oxygen molecules to individual cells where it is needed. The blood is a
true wonder of God’s creation; a true wonder of God’s wisdom. Oh, the depth of
the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable are His judgments!
And how untraceable are His ways! (Rom. 11:33)