" The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you." (Exodus 12:7, 13) The word "Passover" is found in Exodus , 21, 26, 43, 48; . The word is Of these, the sacrifice of the Passover lamb bears some resemblance to the peace or fellowship offering, in which a piece of meat is offered before the Lord and to the priests.
The remainder of the sacrifice is eaten by the offerer and his family as a kind of celebration meal -- similar to the celebration meal of the Passover.
The initial Passover offering seems to be a consecration or setting apart of the people within each household who partook of the sacrifice.
However, there may be some idea of expiation or purification present, since hyssop is used to smear the blood (Exodus ).
The early church certainly saw Jesus as fulfilling the Passover lamb. (1 Corinthians 5:7; John ; 1 Peter -19) In what sense is Christ our Passover Lamb? In what sense does God's judgment pass over us because of Christ's blood? showtopic=1042 Passover was to be celebrated year after year as a commemoration or remembrance of the Lord's deliverance.
Paul: "Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." (1 Corinthians 5:7) John the Baptist: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John ) Peter: "You were redeemed ... Moses instructed the people: "And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?
The months of confrontation and plagues have come to a close as an eerie calm seems to exist between Pharaoh and Moses.
After nine plagues, Pharaoh has told Moses never to appear before him again.
Moses knows that the tenth plague will be the last and will result in Israel's freedom.
Now Moses seeks the Lord to get instructions for the final phase of the deliverance from Egypt. A male lamb without defect is indicated for every grouping that Passover night.
Notice that these lambs are to be selected from the flock several days ahead of time -- ten days after the first day of the month, which began on a new moon.
The evening of the fourteenth day of the month, then, will be the full moon, characteristic of Passover ever since.
The animals are to be slaughtered and then prepared for the Passover meal.
But the blood is to be handled in a very special way on this night.