It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations. (Exodus 12:42)
Other translations render this verse to say, “This night to be much observed.” In Hebrew it says literally, “night of watching (guarding) unto the LORD.” Because of what happened so long ago, subsequent celebrations were to be times of watching or anticipation for what God would do in the future on behalf of Israel.
This is very interesting in consideration of what Messiah said on the eve of His crucifixion. Going into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, He informed His disciples:
“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed…. Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:38-41)
Passover was and is a night when God protects and defends His people Israel. Yet, His people have a responsibility to be diligent to keep this observance and watch, anticipate and pray? What are we to anticipate and be watching for? We must continue be alert and in anticipation of our redemption. When it comes it will come quickly. Like the children of Israel, we are in Egypt awaiting this glorious, and yet ominous time, and mustn’t let the flesh overpower the spirit lest we be lulled into spiritual slumber. So let us continue to watch and pray and expect that, soon, our redemption will be made manifest.
Blessings and Shalom,