God established the Passover to destroy the devil and givae His children eternal life. Whoever dwells in Zion knows well the importance of the Passover. Now, we need to consider more crefully why disasters pass over us when we celebrate the Passover. What is the true meaning of the Passover? What is the source of the power of the Passover to liberate us from disasters? Let’s study over these matters through the Bible, with a humble and modest attitude before God.
Escape from disasters through the blood of the Passover lamb
Passover is God’s appointed feast, which was established over 3500 years ago. When the Israelites lived as slaves in Egypt, God commanded Pharaoh to release Israel from Egypt. However, he refused God’s command, and God brought ten plagues upon Egypt. The tenth plague, the slaying of the firstborn, was about to fall upon Egypt on the night of the fourteenth day of the first month in the sacred calendar: God let the plague of death pass over the houses that had the blood of the Passover lamb on the sides and tops of the doorframes. This was the day of the Passover.
Ex 12:11-13 『”This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’S Passover. On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn―both men and animals―and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 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. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”』
That day, all the firstborn of Egypt were killed, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon. In Egypt there was not a house without someone dead (Ex 12:29-30). However, the Israelites, who painted the lamb’s blood on the doorposts and lintels of their houses, were saved from the plague of the firstborn in Egypt.
Ex 12:23 『When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.』
Here, we need to carefully consider why the plague of death passed over the people of Israel. It was not because of the people celebrating the Passover that the plague passed over, but because of the blood of the Passover lamb. Neither a wise man’s house nor a rich man’s house full of worldly treasures nor an influential royal family’s palace could escape the plague. Only the house marked with the blood of the Passover lamb was saved from the plague.
It is because of the blood of the Passover Lamb in us that we can escape disasters, not because we ourselves who celebrate the Passover are powerful. We have to carefully consider this: Because God protects us and wraps us with His invisible love and grace, all disasters are avoided, evil gods are judged, and we are redeemed from this sinful world. So, do not just consider the Passover itself, but feel the hand of God who guards and protects us through the Passover.
The really dreadful being
Let me tell you a fable. One day a fox met a tiger. The fox told the tiger, “Do you know that animals fear me more than you?” He claimed that he was the most dreadful animal in the forest.
The tiger, who claimed to be king of the animals, was amazed at the audacity of the beast that seemed to fall down if he kicked him once with his hind leg. Then the fox told him, “If you do not believe me, then follow me to the forest. You will see whether or not all the beasts fear me.”
The fox said confidently to the tiger. Being suspicious, the tiger followed on the heels of the fox. As the fox walked along with the tiger, the animals were all terribly frightened and ran away. All the beasts―small ones like rabbits and even bears, huge and strong―fled away.
“Now you can see for yourself. There’s no animal that is not afraid of me.”
The fox said proudly. But actually, the beasts were fleeing the tiger himself and not the fox marching before him.
Sometimes we see a similar thing happen around us. Some adults are weak-kneed and fearful even before children. In this case, their parents are financially well off and influential. Actually, they do not fear the children themselves, but their background.
The devil our enemy can do us no harm and retreats when we preach the truth. It is because of the blood of the Passover Lamb in us. God’s judgment were brought upon all the gods of Egypt on the Passover. From this we can see that what the devil fears most is the blood of the Passover Lamb.