Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13)
As a child I used to think that by saying, “I will pass over you,” God was indicting that He would pass by those houses where blood had been applied to the doorposts. This idea was reinforced by Cecil B. DeMille and the movie, “The Ten Commandments,” especially the scene depicting the death angel moving through the land of Egypt. Years later I realized that this was not quite right.
The word that is translated as Passover is connected to the idea of passing over in an act of protection. It was the Destroyer who had to pass by the homes of the Hebrews because the LORD passed over them. He extended His wings over them just as a mother hen would use her wings to protect her chicks. Messiah alluded to this very thing as He was entering Jerusalem just before His crucifixion at Passover.
Lamenting over the unbelief among the people He said, “How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37). In a manner of speaking, He was telling them that He was the One who passed over them to protect them and wanted to do it again. If fact, the Hebrew phrase translated “It is the LORD‟s Passover” can be rendered He (is) the LORD’s Passover, hinting at the Messiah.
The point today is that those of us in Messiah — those who have the blood of the Lamb applied to their lives — can rest in the knowledge that our Father “passes over” us to shield us from the Destroyer. The Messiah is the One who stands against our adversary to protect those who are His. He extends the wings of His tallit and invites His people to find shelter from the affects of this world. Our responsibility is to be willing — to desire to draw close and be gathered unto Him. For those who do there is a promise that is recorded in Psalm 91: He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust… no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.” (Psalm 91:4,10)
Blessings and Shalom,