“None of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.” (Exodus 12:22-23)
God was very explicit in His instructions — no one in the congregation of Israel was to venture from their homes while death moved throughout the land of Egypt. In this we see that our Father provides protection for His people in times of crisis but we also see that He expects us to do as He says. While the Destroyer was not permitted to enter the homes which had placed the blood upon their doorposts, it is logical to assume that anyone found in the streets was not afforded that protection. To go outside and willingly expose themselves to death would have been foolhardy because the Destroyer would not differentiate between the righteous and wicked. As Messiah said, “It rains on the just and unjust” (Mark 5:45).
We would assume that, as they ate the Passover, God’s people were aware of the death and destruction going on around them. It is also reasonable to think that they would have heard screams during the night but, under the protection of the Almighty, it did not encroach upon their doorstep. We are thus reminded of what is written in Psalm 91:
“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.” (Psalm 91:7)
We are also reminded of something else that is just as important — if God tells us He will protect us in a certain way then we are responsible to do things His way and not our own. In other words, obedience to God is often the difference between life and death. We should not expect that we can walk outside the boundaries He has clearly established and expect to prosper because, as it is written, “You shall not tempt the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 6:16).
The reason the plague and pestilence “shall not come near you” is because the protected of the LORD are abiding in the secret place under “the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). There is a place in Him that offers that safety and provision; outside of Him there is no guarantee. In other words, if we do what right in our own eyes, we may expect dire consequences but if we are determined to do what is right in His eyes, we may expect blessing, provision and protection. As the Good Shepherd, He faithfully watches over those who are in His care. Let us not venture to go it alone and on the path we have chosen but always to allow His to lead us through this life.
Blessings and Shalom,