When God initiated the first Passover, the last of the plagues He unleashed on Egypt was the Death Angel. To save His people Israel, He instructed each family to take a spotless lamb, “a male of the first year” (Ex. 12:5 NKJV), into their homes.
(Interestingly, the word first here means son as the builder of the family name. It also means one’s immediate physical male offspring or animal offspring and is most often translated son.)
Following God’s instructions, after killing the lamb, they were to save the blood in a basin, then “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.” (Ex. 12:22a NIV)
Safe, protected by the blood, as God said the smearing of the blood would be a sign for Him to pass over that dwelling, as a sign of salvation from death to life.
Then came the new covenant. The shed blood from a different kind of lamb. Jesus said, “Take, eat; this is My body…This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me…For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt. 26:26 NKJV, Luke 22:19 NKJV, Matt. 26:28 NKJV)
This blood of the Lamb is to be smeared on the entrance to our heart’s home.
And that precious, spilled blood is our salvation from death to life. Jesus said that anyone who hears His word and believes in Him “has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24 NIV) Our Eternal Passover.
“If the household be too little for the lamb…” (Ex. 12:4 KJV) Let’s turn that around.
If we have taken this Lamb into our heart’s home, are we guilty of selfishly hoarding salvation? A. B. Simpson said that “we have no right to claim the purchase of the Savior’s blood for ourselves alone, and that we are guilty of selfishness, dishonesty and base ingratitude if we can be content to be saved without having done everything in our power to give our fellow men an equal opportunity of eternal life. Have we understood this? Have we lived this?”
Hmmm…have I? Do I keep Him to myself? Who is my neighbor that I might share this blemish-free Lamb with him or her? Who crosses my path in my daily walk? Do I claim that precious purchase of salvation merely for myself, or do I share Him and He is thus multiplied just as Jesus fed the five thousand plus? Or is my Lamb too little?
Paul wrote, “He died for all.” (2 Cor. 5:15 NKJV) Exodus 12:3 in the Modern Language version says, “One lamb for each home.” One Lamb for all.
Therefore, take the First and Only Son, as the builder of the family name, into your house, your heart. Take the whole Lamb, the whole Christ, the whole salvation.
One Lamb to keep us safe, protected, to feed upon, to drink from…and share with others.
Is your Lamb too little?