In today’s taste of Torah, we see that Passover means not being passed over; not being passed over in the sense of getting to be a beneficiary of God’s sovereignly bestowed unmerited favor. In other words being Passovered corresponds with not being passed over. To say that another way, receiving the good of grace enables deliverance from the bad of sin! This is about judgment averted without justice perverted – because the death penalty sin requires fully transpires.
Our text reads: 21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel, and told them, “Go and select for yourselves a lamb or young goat for your families, and kill the Passover animals. 22 Take a branch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and apply to the top of the doorframe and the two side posts some of the blood that is in the basin. Not one of you is to go out the door of his house until morning. 24 You must observe this event as an ordinance for you and for your children forever. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give to you, just as he said, you must observe this ceremony. 26 When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’– 27 then you will say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, when he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck Egypt and delivered our households.'” The people bowed down low to the ground, 28 and the Israelites went away and did exactly as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron (Ex. 12:21-22; 24-28 NET).
From an exclusively older covenant perspective, Passover is the top of the line/cream of the crop commemoration celebration. And like most Jewish holidays it can be summed up as, “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat!” And part of the traditional prelude to this momentous meal, is a biblically informed set-up bursting at the seams with vivid Messianic redemptive significance. We’re talking about the presence of parsley stems on the Passover table. The parsley stems represent the hyssop plant depicted in this Exodus passage. Hyssop is a spongy like plant which grows in the Middle East. And in preparation for the first Passover, our Jewish people would take a bunch of hyssop, dip into a basin of lamb’s blood, and then carefully distribute the lamb’s blood on top and on both sides of their door frame. Now when God saw the blood of a substitutionary sacrifice that was not only acceptable in His sight but in fact designated by Him, He said what -“Pesach – I will Passover you! No death will required of the male first-born in your household, I will Passover – and visit your Egyptian neighbor with this gruesome and dreadful plague!”
Now that same exact principle is in operation right here right now; for the Lord looks down from shamayim (from Heaven) – to see if you and I have put our faith, our trust, and our confidence in the total sufficiency of Messiah’s atonement for us! And if we have, if we have, there is a literal Passover for us as far as judgment for our sins is concerned; for the Bible says that Yeshua – Jesus bore them all in His body on the tree of a Roman execution stake. Praise God for so wonderful and comprehensive a deliverance from spiritual slavery that is foreshadowed and even fulfilled in the Passover. The Passover that did not pass us over!