And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.” (Exodus 12:43)
As we mentioned yesterday, those who were permitted to come to the LORD’s table and partake of the Passover were family — no foreigners were allowed to casually sit in on this meal. The Passover was and is a sacred covenantal meal; those who participate should acknowledge that and be willing to conform to the standards the Creator has ordained for those who are regarded as His people.
However, we must also address the fact that those who were born outside of the family of Abraham were not necessarily excluded from this sacred feast. From the time that Abraham left Ur in ancient Babylonia, the people who would be called Israel have always welcomed those they met along the way who desired to be part of the family. In other words, the people of God have never been exclusively limited to one ethnic group. It’s always been about faith more so than genealogies. For instance, consider that Ruth, the Moabite woman, was joined to Boaz the Jew and became the ancestor of King David and, by extension, the Messiah.
The point of this is that we, who are in Messiah, are no longer regarded as “foreigners or strangers.” According to Paul, we are “fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). We who have embraced the covenant have access to the Father and are invited to come to this family occasion. How blessed we are to be accounted as God’s people and, in Messiah, to be considered worthy to sit at the LORD’s table. Therefore, let us continue to be steadfast and walk faithfully before Him that we may be granted the privilege to join Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Blessings and Shalom,