TRUSTING GOD’S PLAN
On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:12-13 NLT
Ten plagues have fallen on Egypt because of the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart. The land has been devastated. The crops and flocks have been destroyed. The people of Egypt realize things are bad, but Pharaoh’s pride will not allow him to submit to the request of the God of the Hebrews. Therefore, God will bring one last plague. This will be a plague of death. God tells Moses to let Pharaoh know that death is going to come to every house. The first born of each house and even the first born of their flocks will die as the death angel visits the land. In the midst of this plan of judgment God also has a plan of deliverance. He tells Moses to instruct the children of Israel to prepare a lamb or goat as a sacrifice. Each home is to offer their animal as a sacrifice and take some of the blood and sprinkle the blood on the doorpost of their home. God’s promise is that when the angel of death sees the blood he will pass over that home. The children of Israel were not spared the judgment because of their goodness. They were spared because they chose to obey God’s plan of salvation. Because they trusted God’s plan, they were spared the judgment. In the same way we are not made right before God because of our good deeds or personal righteousness. Our righteousness is like filthy rags. We are made righteous because we trust in God’s plan of salvation through the Lamb of God Who was slain on the cross of Calvary to pay the price for our sins. We are made righteous by our faith in God. God told the children of Israel they were to annually celebrate the victory of Passover. Even today the Jews celebrate Passover as a holy time. We should in the same way celebrate what God has done for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. We should make Easter the greatest celebration of our lives.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying for my sins. Thank you for making it possible for me to be a part of God’s family. Thank you for making me righteous before God.
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