We can learn a comforting and extremely relevant lesson from Exodus 12. Here’s the lowdown: because Pharaoh refused to free Gods chosen people, the Hebrews, from slavery in Egypt, God sent ten plagues to convince him to “let His people go.” When pharaoh continued to refuse, a final, deadly plague befell Egypt.
God wanted to spare His people from this plague, so He instructed the Hebrews to kill an unblemished lamb and place its blood on the door posts of their homes. Then, when the Angel of Death came later that night and saw the blood, it would pass over these homes, and those dwelling within would be saved.
Today we face a modern-day plague in the form of COVID-19; but like the Hebrews, we too can apply the “Blood of the Lamb.” The Apostle John wrote of Jesus Christ, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29 NKJV) The crucifixion of the Messiah had been prophesied for thousands of years before. (Read Isaiah 6:1-2; 9:6-7; 11:10; 53:1-5 and Psalm 22.)
God still watches over His people, both Jew and Gentile. “[He is] the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) And just as the plagues in Egypt passed over the Hebrews, the Corona Virus can pass over us. So fear not! “Be strong and of good courage … do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you….” (1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV)
Pray Psalm 91 over your family, yourself, and your nation. Read it aloud every day, to yourself and to those in your home:
“We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods. This I declare, that He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting him. For He rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with His wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark anymore, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning. …For Jehovah is my refuge! I choose the God above all gods to shelter me. How then can evil overtake me or any plague come near? For he orders His angels to protect you wherever you go. …For the Lord says … ‘When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. I will satisfy him with a full life and give him My salvation.’” (Psalm 91:1-4; 9-11; 14-16 TLB)
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