When Jacob’s family enters Egypt during the severe famine, The Bible says there were 70 of them (Exodus 1:5). 430 years later the number of Israelites living in Egypt had increased greatly. In verse 37 of today’s passage it says that 600,000 men left Egypt in the Exodus, besides women and children. Scholars estimate the total number of Israelites to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 million people. God was certainly keeping His promise to multiply Israel into a great nation.
Before the great Exodus of Israel from Egypt we read of the final plague God brought on Egypt. This plague would be the most severe and bring death to every Egyptian firstborn, from Pharaoh’s son to the son of the prisoner in the dungeon. This plague would strike the very hope of their families (their firstborn sons). Just as the Egyptians had destroyed the Hebrew children, now they would lose their own because of their unwillingness to submit to God. We can only imagine the shriek of cries that rang out from every house in Egypt that had not been passed over by the death angel and the relief that the Israelites felt when they experienced the salvation of their sons who were passed over because of the sacrificial blood of the lamb.
In the final judgement when Jesus sits on the throne there will be no partiality shown to the rich or the poor. Every person will be judged, scripture says. Those whose names are not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire forever. But, to those whom the sacrificial blood of The Lamb (Jesus) has been applied, they will rejoice and spend eternity worshipping Him forever. I ask you today to consider your standing before The Lord. Have you surrendered your heart to Christ and allowed His blood to purify you from all unrighteousness?
If so, then are you sharing the truth of the gospel with your family, friends, and anyone else who does not know about it? God clearly tells the Israelites to remind their children for generations to come about the salvation of The Lord that came through the Passover in Egypt. Likewise, as new covenant believers we are called to share about the salvation of The Lord through Jesus Christ to anyone who is lost and searching for truth.
Who have you shared the gospel of Jesus with lately? Are you discussing the gospel with your family regularly? Who are you praying that God would give you the chance to share Jesus with? There is no better time to share what Jesus has done with someone than this Easter Weekend!
By: Matt Mofield