KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:12 ” For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”
The Lord ordered Moses to instruct the whole of Israel to undertake the Passover. The Lord asked them to kill a lamp without blemish and sprinkle its blood on the lintel and on the two door posts. The Lord said he will pass through the land of Egypt including Goshen where the Israelites dwelt, and every house that had no blood on the lintel and side posts, will have the first born being killed.
In our key scripture He said he would strike every first born and All the gods of the Egyptians. Israel according to God’s word is His first born and Egypt must also lose her firstborns for touching God’s firstborn (Ex 4:12 & 13) We are also God’s firstborns as joint heirs with Jesus. James 1:8 “Of His own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruit of His creatures”. The first fruit is the same as the first born. The first fruit always held a double share of the father’s inheritance. He is the greatest delight of the father. Anything that attacks or touches the first fruit receives the total fury of the Father. God always judged anyone or anything that took his first fruit. Jericho was the first in the towns that were conquered by Joshua, and therefore although they destroyed every man, the silver, gold, vessel of brass and iron were all to be put in the house of the Lord. These items were the first fruits of the wars and it was solely for the Lord. It became a curse to any man that touched it.
Achan disobeyed and took some of the gold he came across. Achan took God’s first fruits from Jericho and had to suffer for doing so (Joshua 7:25,26). We are God’s first fruits, anything that attacks us would be attacked by God.
During the night of the Passover of the angel of death, (Exodus 12:23) any house including those of the Israelites that did not have the blood as a token, would have the firstborn in that house being killed. This was a vivid picture of our Lord Jesus who would be killed as God’s Passover lamb for the whole world. Anyone who would accept Him or believe in Him would be saved. He would not have to die in his or her sins. When the Lord observed the Passover meal with His disciples, He took the cup and said “for this is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins” Matthew 26:28. The scripture said for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, so that anyone who believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Our Lord Jesus is God’s Passover lamb, that took away the sins of the whole world. Thank you, Jesus, for dying for me. I am now God’s first fruit and nothing can attack me without God also attacking that thing.
Exodus 4:22-23 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
Hebrews 9:22 ” And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”