For over a decade, we have been living in a modern-day Egypt or Babylon – and sad to say, even a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. Thus, I belive that the LORD’s promises to the Jews of the Exodus ring just as true for God-fearing believers today.
Christians who ignore the importance and power of the Old Testament’s Holy Feasts and Sabbaths, specifically the Passover, are missing out on crucial blessings of the LORD in our lives today – especially His Divine Protection.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not at all saying that there is any more power in God’s Holy Feasts than in Jesus Christ. Not at all.
On the contrary, I am saying that the ancient Feasts of the LORD are made more powerful through Christ – Who fulfilled so many of them through His life, death, and resurrection. And there is no Feast more meaningful to both Jews and Christians than the Passover.
Pesach (Hebrew for Passover) is the one day and week of the year (apart from Good Friday) when I believe that we can GUARANTEE God’s protection over our loved ones and homes year-round.
In previous articles, I have referred to the Feast as “the Biblical prescription for God’s protection.” Because when speaking to the Israelites dwelling in Egypt, in the Book of Exodus, the LORD had promised to “PASS OVER” their dwellings – and to keep all plagues, danger, disaster, evil, the destroyer, spoiler, and death, far from them if they followed one simple prescription by faith.
For those of you not familiar with the Passover account, you may be asking, what is that one prescription? You must read Exodus, Chapter 12, for the answer –
“Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
(12) 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.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
(22) And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” – Exodus 12:3-7, 12-14, 22-23
Did you catch the prescription for His protection? The BLOOD OF THE LAMB upon the doorposts of your home.
Now, obviously, I’m not – in any way, shape, or form – suggesting animal sacrifice. God did away with the sacrifice of lambs, bulls, goats, and all other animals, when He had established His New Covenant with Israel and with all mankind through the perfect and unblemished Eternal Lamb – His sinless Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
The LORD sacrificed Him as our ultimate Passover Lamb. The Scripture says that He (Jesus) was sacrificed “once and for all” (Hebrews 10:10). This is why John the Baptist proclaimed that He was “the Lamb of God,” and why Revelation 13:8 describes Him as “the Lamb Who was slain from the foundation of the world.”
All of the Biblical references to Jesus as the Lamb of God have led me to believe that the “Passover prescription” for God’s protection of His people has not changed over the course of thousands of years.
His command to the Israelites remains the same to His children today: to mark our homes in the blood of the LAMB (of God) in order to receive His unparalleled Divine protection. He will “PASS OVER” us when His plagues and judgments come down upon our Nation and world, just as He passed over His people thousands upon thousands of years ago.
I’m sure, at this point, you are probably asking yourselves, so how exactly am I to “mark” my home in the Lamb’s blood? It is a lot simpler than you may think.
Instead of marking the doorposts of our homes in actual “blood,” we can symbolically mark and cover our homes in the precious Blood of Jesus in a few different ways.
Number one: you can simply pray at the door of your home, or the home of a loved one, for the LORD to cover your home and family in the Blood of His Son for the entire year until you repeat the prayer on the next Passover Feast.
Number two: you can take it a step further as I do and have and – in a visible act of faith – literally mark your doorposts symbolically in Christ’s Blood. So, how do I go about doing that?
Step 1: Get a bottle of grape juice (preferably kosher) or red wine, as both resemble the color of blood.
Step 2: Preferably on the eve of Passover (or even on the day of), take your Holy Bible in one hand and a bottle or cup of the juice/wine in the other hand, and head to the front door of your home.
Step 3: Read Exodus, Chapter 12 (verses 1-23), aloud at the front door of your home. Proclaim to God that you are symbolically marking your doorposts, not just in the blood of a mere animal as the Israelites of old had done, but in the most Holy, sinless, spotless and unblemished Blood of His only begotten Son – the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus. Then, ask Him to keep His faithful promise to always “pass over” your home as you faithfully follow His commands of Exodus 12.
Step 4: Dip your finger into the juice or wine and mark the sign of the Cross upon the center of your upper doorpost, and then mark each side doorpost with the signs of Christ’s Cross as well. If you feel the need, you can also pour the liquid down the two side posts as well, for the more visible appearance of blood running down your doors.
Step 5: BELIEVE BY FAITH that the LORD keeps His promises in His Word of truth to pass over you. I can testify, after about a decade of doing this, that He indeed does!
If you cannot do this on the eve, day, or even week of the Passover, then I would suggest doing this act of faith on Good Friday or any Friday (I suggest at 3:00 pm). Friday was the day that our Lord was crucified for our sins, and shed His Blood on Calvary’s Cross. 3:00 pm was the hour in which He breathed His last breath.
Lord Jesus, our Passover Lamb, was crucified at roughly the same time that the Passover lambs were being slain in the temple, on the afternoon of Nisan 14. So, that is why Good Friday is a great substitute if you cannot mark your home on the actual Passover.
In the Biblical Greek language, what we now call “Easter” was originally known as “Pascha.” The word is derived from the Aramaic language and cognate to the Hebrew word “Pesach” – which meant “PASSOVER.”
Jesus’ disciples celebrated and hallowed it, and our Lord Himself did as well before He ultimately fulfilled it through His sacrifice. Any Christians today who ignore it, because they think of it as just some “Jewish holiday,” are not studying their Bibles very much and missing out on many spiritual and physical blessings from the LORD.
If God had passed over His beloved people when they had marked their homes in the blood of a mere animal, how much MORE will He not pass over us believers today when we mark our homes in the Blood of His Only Begotten Son?!
God rewards acts of faith. In the wise words of Saint Paul – “Faith without works is dead,” and “without FAITH no one can please God” (James 2:17 and Hebrews 11:6). If you symbolically and prayerfully dedicate your home to the LORD, in the blood of Christ Jesus, I can guarantee that your home and family will be more protected than ever before.
I leave you with some verses to meditate on, and I wish you all a happy and blessed Passover, and a healthy and blessed Holy Week in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
HE IS RISEN INDEED!
“For even Christ our PASSOVER is sacrificed for us.” – 1st Corinthians 5:7
“John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29 & 35
“He (Jesus) was brought as a LAMB to the slaughter.” – Isaiah 53:7
“… With the precious BLOOD of Christ, as of a LAMB without blemish and without spot.” – 1st Peter 1:19
“And it was the preparation of the PASSOVER (sacrifice), and about the sixth hour: and Pilate said unto the Jews, behold your King (Jesus)!” – John 19:14
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a LAMB as it had been slain… And when He (Jesus) had taken the Book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb…” – Revelation 5:6 & 8
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might BE SAVED.” – John 3:16-17
“And the Angel in the tomb said unto them, DO NOT FEAR; You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: HE IS RISEN; He is not here: Behold the place where they laid Him.” ~ Mark 16:6