By Faith Moses Kept the Passover (Hebrews 11:27-28)
“By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel” ( Hebrews 11:27-28 )
Moses lived a life propagated by faith in an unseen God. This faith was the means to see what was invisible and hidden to others. In return, God revealed Himself constantly to Moses making provision for him. Because Moses had faith, he left Egypt undismayed by the wrath of Pharaoh who was trying to kill him ( Exodus 2:15 ). Instead he set his face steadily toward Him who is invisible and disregarded everything else.
Because of this lifestyle of faith, Moses oversaw and instructed the people of Israel to carry out the Passover. This would be the breaking point for Pharaoh but a glorious triumph for Moses. The angel of the Lord was going to pass through the land and strike down the firstborn, both men and animals, it was a sign of judgement on Egypt ( Exodus 12:12 ). However, God instructed the Israelites to slaughter a passover lamb and mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood. The blood was a sign for them, when the Lord saw the blood the destroyer would pass over that house and everyone inside would be safe ( Exodus 12:13 ). Moses, by faith, relayed this message to the Israelites and the entire nation did what Moses instructed ( Exodus 12:28 ).
Because of this marvelous act of faith, when nothing like this had ever taken place before, the entire nation of Israel was spared and they learned to trust in God. Egypt was not as fortunate. The Bible records, “At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead” ( Exodus 12:29-30 ).
As a result, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron during the night and told them to leave taking with them the entire nation, their families and all their livestock. Amazingly, the Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed towards the Israelites as well and they gave them articles of silver, gold and clothing. In fact, they plundered Egypt ( Exodus 12:35-36 ). They took with them the spoils and wealth of Egypt, just recompense for hundreds of years of hard labor.
By faith, Moses kept the Passover and saw the deliverance of his people in a mighty act of God. Simple trust and confidence in God was all it took to bring them out. God is always faithful to His word and desires it to come to pass. What an amazing truth!
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