“Who is the LORD that I should obey him?” Pharaoh had asked. And now he was about to find out. Nine plagues, each a challenge to an Egyptian god, had failed to persuade him to release his Israelite slaves; so now a tenth would come—the death of every firstborn son as God’s angel of death passed through Egypt. But the Israelites could be spared God’s judgment by daubing the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. Obedience to God’s command would determine whether they experienced judgment or received salvation. This incident foreshadows Christ’s death on the cross—a death to pay the price of our sin. Will we come under the protection of his blood through putting our faith in him and so escape God’s judgment, or will we think we know better and find we experience God’s judgment?
23 May 2021