The animals are to be slaughtered and then prepared for the Passover meal.
But the blood is to be handled in a very special way on this night.
Paul: "Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." (1 Corinthians 5:7) John the Baptist: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John ) Peter: "You were redeemed ... Moses instructed the people: "And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?
Notice that these lambs are to be selected from the flock several days ahead of time -- ten days after the first day of the month, which began on a new moon.
The evening of the fourteenth day of the month, then, will be the full moon, characteristic of Passover ever since.
" The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you." (Exodus 12:7, 13) The word "Passover" is found in Exodus , 21, 26, 43, 48; . The word is Of these, the sacrifice of the Passover lamb bears some resemblance to the peace or fellowship offering, in which a piece of meat is offered before the Lord and to the priests.
The remainder of the sacrifice is eaten by the offerer and his family as a kind of celebration meal -- similar to the celebration meal of the Passover.
Moses knows that the tenth plague will be the last and will result in Israel's freedom.
Now Moses seeks the Lord to get instructions for the final phase of the deliverance from Egypt. A male lamb without defect is indicated for every grouping that Passover night.
Why is obedience so important to our deliverance from "sin, the flesh, and the devil"? Does a person who says he believes in Jesus but doesn't obey him have real faith? showtopic=1043 Up until now the people of Israel saw the mighty plagues in response to Moses' meetings with Pharaoh and they obeyed his commands for preparation, for Passover, for asking for jewelry from their neighbors, and for the actual embarkation.
But for the next part of the journey, Moses is not their only guide.
Now came the final plague: " At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.
This figure was later popularized in Judaism and Christianity as the "angel of death." No Egyptian household was untouched that night, not even Pharaoh's.
When they recognize and follow Moses, God blesses them.