the Israelites were commanded to slaughter the Passover and daub its blood on the two sides and top of the doorway of their houses (Exod. 12:7). The LORD would then see the blood and “pass over” their dwellings during the plague of the death of the firstborn.
Based on this description, we might assume the blood was put on the outside of the door, though Rashi reasoned that it was placed on the inside, where they themselves could see it as a sign for them.
Indeed, after the blood was applied, the doors were shut and no one was permitted to leave the house until the following morning (Exod. 12:22).
The blood of the sacrifice was intended to be seen as a sign for those who were trusting in the redemption of God
: Like other ancient writing systems, the Hebrew alphabet originally was written using a pictographic script. Later, the pictograms evolved into a Hebrew script (sometimes called Paleo-Hebrew) that strongly resembled the ancient Phoenician alphabet. This was the Hebrew (ketav Ivri) used by the Jewish nation up to the Babylonian Exile (or, according to Orthodox Jews, until the Exodus from Egypt). Examples can be found on coins and clay fragments (called ostraca). Today, both the Torah and newspapers use modernized renditions of the Aramaic-style script, though everyday correspondence is written using Hebrew cursive.
Some have claimed that God intended the blood to be smeared on the doorway in the shape of a cross (represented by the pictogram for the letter Tav, which means “sign”). However, it is difficult to see how the shape of this pictogram resembles the outline of a doorway. Moreover, it is likely that the ancient Israelites wrote using ktav Ivri, which does not have a letter that resembles either a cross or a doorway. In Biblical Hebrew (called ketav Ashurit), the letter that most clearly resembles a doorway is the letter Chet (ח .(This letter, signifying the number 8, is connected with the word chai (חי ,(short for chayim (חיים” ,(life.” Based on this connection, a drash could be made that the blood of the lamb (הּש ֶׂה ַםּד ( ַnot only saved from the judgment of death but it also symbolized divine life.
: What did it cover? Pretty much everything!
OF INTEREST (AGAIN)
Exodus 12:43-51 –
If you we’re not a Jew, you could not participate in the annual
The Seder plate is the focal point of the proceedings on the first (two) night(s) of Passover.
Passover Regulation: All about Community. The Community of Israel at that time! You belonged, were a part of the genuine / original community who understood and relied on Passover.
Of Note: Today, gentiles can sometimes be invited to second night of Seder for:
Transition: PLEADING THE BLOOD
When we talk about “pleading” the blood of Jesus, we are not talking about “begging.” “Pleading the blood” should not be considered a desperation exercise; God has not called us to come begging before Him. Many of us were raised in an environment where we heard the words, “Father God, we come under the blood of Jesus.” Or, “Lord, we cover this matter with the blood of Jesus.” Even before we understood it, we believed in the power of the Blood, because we believed that Jesus is the Son of God, and that the Cross was the instrument of global redemption which broke the power of hell.
It’s important that we understand the reason for the words we use so they do not become formula, otherwise one of two things will happen. Either what we say becomes a superstitious exercise in which we are depending on the words rather than on the understanding that gives the words their power; or some people will not use words related to the blood of Jesus because they don’t understand the spiritual dynamic, leaving them without a resource they need.
not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Heb 10:4 NKJ)
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: Let’s mark the doorposts of our lives with the blood of Jesus.
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