Advent Devotional - Dec 7 - Exodus 12:1-42

Read Exodus 12:1-42

Contemplate: Fast-forward many generations to the captivity of Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites, in Egypt in about 1200 BC. There is a clear parallel to us. We are God’s chosen people, but we are enslaved to sin. God wants to redeem us so that we may worship him (see Exodus 7:16; 8:1, 20; 9:1, 13; 10:3, 7). But in order to break free from the bondage, a blood sacrifice must be made. The Israelites are commanded to smear the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. This unblemished lamb that dies as a substitute so that the angel of the Lord would pass over them looks ahead to the day when Jesus, the perfect sacrificial Lamb, would die as a substitute for his people so that they may be redeemed from bondage and be free to worship Him.

Pray: Think about the fact that a substitute is necessary for your redemption. Think about the grace that God has displayed by making a way for you to be redeemed from bondage to sin and death. Praise God for his plan to set you free.