“The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
— Exodus 12:13
Before the first Passover, God declared, “On all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD” (Exodus 12:12). All the gods of Egypt, their priests, and Pharaoh had misled the Egyptians away from believing in the true God. Therefore, on the first Passover night, God judged the gods of Egypt, and all those who trusted in these false gods suffered for their misplaced faith.
Since a “mixed crowd” left Egypt with the Israelites under the leadership of Moses, perhaps some Egyptians had come to believe in the Lord and had put the blood of the lamb on their two door posts and lintel, too, so their families were saved from suffering when God judged the idols of Egypt (see Exodus 12:37-38). However, it may be that some Egyptians came to believe in the Lord after the Passover plague and decided to leave with the Israelites rather than remain in Egypt and live under the oppressive influence of false gods.
The Israelites who placed the blood of the lamb as a sign on their houses did so in faith. Though they remained inside their homes and could not see the blood on their houses, they trusted that the Lord would see and save them from death. Though believers today cannot see the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, they trust that “the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” and “those who do the will of God live forever” (1 John 1:7 and 1 John 2:17).
— L.G. Parkhurst Jr.
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