Day 5: I Will Pass Over
When I see the blood, I will pass over you. Exodus 12:13b
In order for a holy God to take these people of his to himself, he had to do more than just free them. In the 400 years of living in Egypt, they had lost their identity as his people and were polluted by the world around them. He needed for them to atone for their sin before he could restore them as his chosen vessels for that greater redemption to come.
The term for Passover in Hebrew is Pesach. It does not merely mean to passively pass over top. This word portrays the picture of a bird spreading its wings to cover or protect. Scripture uses this image quite often. In Exodus 19:4 the Lord says, “You yourselves have seen…how I carried you on eagles wings and brought you to myself.” A beautiful picture of this Pesach is “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge,” (Psalm 91:4). Do you remember how Jesus wept over Jerusalem and so poignantly expressed his desire to gather them under His wings (Matthew 23:37)? See how he longs to redeem!
The word Pesach also has a connotation of spreading a shawl or cloak over another person. This, too, was a symbol of protection, but it was also a reference to the custom of a man covering a woman with his cloak as a sign of betrothal (see Ruth 3:9). Again, there is a repeated theme in the Old Testament of Israel as the wife of Yahweh, and it is very clear in the New Testament that the church is the Bride of Christ. He cleanses her to be without spot or wrinkle through his blood, just as Israel was sanctified by the blood of the lambs. Then he passes her through the waters of baptism, just as Israel passed through the sea. And as the Exodus 19 verse expressed it, God brought them to himself. That is such an intimate expression of God’s desire for his people!
• How does this image of wings covering and protecting you affect your understanding of your redemption? When you think of this covering as an overture of betrothal, express to the Lord your willingness to receive him more intimately.
Lord, thank you for protecting me through your gift of redemption—for allowing me to find refuge under your own wings from your just wrath against my sin. I am amazed that this Pesach also means that you want intimacy with me—that you cleanse me in order to draw me to yourself! Draw me deeper, Lord!
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries