Pesach (Passover) The Angel of Death Passed Over
Shemoth (Exodus) 10:1–13:16; Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 46:13–28; Luqas (Luke) 22:7–30
AND YAHUAH said unto El-Mosheh, Go in unto Phar’oh: for I have hardened את eth-his heart, and את eth-the heart of his servants, that I might show these my signs before him:
And that you may tell in the ears of your son, and of your son’s son, את eth what things I have wrought in Mitsrayim, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am YAHUAH.
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 10:1-2 Eth Cepher
YAHUAH told Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites) be freed from slavery.
Pharaoh, however, refused to free the Yashar’e’liym (Israelite) slaves and YAHUAH unleashed plagues on the Egyptians.
The plagues were so severe that Pharaoh practically begged Moses to stop each plague, promising every time to free the Israelites.
But instead of freeing them, he made their lives increasingly more difficult.
Why Did YAHUAH Demonstrate His Power in Egypt?
Else, if you refuse to let my את eth-people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into your coast:
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 10:4 Eth Cepher
We may wonder why YAHUAH decided to demonstrate His power to both Yashar’el (Israel) and Egypt. After all, He was fully capable of delivering Yashar’el (Israel) without involving Pharaoh in the process.
Scripture is clear on this: YAHUAH hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to demonstrate His power over the false elohiym (gods) of Egypt, represented by each of the ten plagues.
In doing this, YAHUAH demonstrated His mighty power to the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites), Egyptians and even the world, proving that He alone is YAHUAH ELOHIYM (YAHUAH ALMIGHTY).
And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show in you my את eth-power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 9:16 Eth Cepher
The Temptation to Compromise
Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve את eth-YAHUAH; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Phar’oh’s presence.
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 10:11 Eth Cepher
YAHUAH sought to liberate the children of Yashar’el (Israel) from Egypt for one purpose—that they may serve Him.
But Pharaoh tried to get Moses to compromise with YAHUAH by telling him that only the men could go into the wilderness to worship YAHUAH ELOHIYM.
So YAHUAH brought the eighth plague of locusts upon Egypt.
The Plague of Locust
After YAHUAH sent away the locusts, Pharaoh allowed the men and women to leave Egypt and worship YAHUAH ELOHIYM, but he didn’t allow them to take their livestock.
Moses wouldn’t compromise. He told Pharaoh, “Not a hoof is to be left behind.” SHEMOTH (Exodus) 10:26
We must take this same attitude with the enemy of our soul and refuse to compromise. We must be determined to live completely and fully in YAHUAH’s Kingdom of Light and to leave behind nothing in the kingdom of darkness!
Only without compromising can we hope to serve YAHUAH wholeheartedly.
Just as Moses commanded Pharaoh to release the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites), YAHUSHA says to the enemy of our souls, “Let My people go!”
YAHUAH wants to liberate us from the pharaoh of this world—from slavery to sin—so that we may become slaves of righteousness.
And what a freedom it is to be a slave to righteousness! The enemy has no power over those who are slaves of righteousness.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
ROMAIYM (ROMANS) 6:18 Eth Cepher
The Plague of Darkness
And YAHUAH said unto Mosheh, Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that there may be darkness over the land of Mitsrayim, even darkness which may be felt.
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 10:21 Eth Cepher
When Pharaoh refused to let the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites) leave Egypt with their livestock, YAHUAH sent the ninth plague of darkness.
With this plague, ELOHIYM (YAHUAH) established His supremacy over the Egyptian sun elohiym (g-d).
Although the Egyptians were plunged into total darkness, the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites) enjoyed light in their dwellings in the land of Goshen.
Likewise, YAHUSHA (Messiah) came to give freedom to the prisoners of darkness, whether Jew or Gentile.
Thus says YAHUAH, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of yeshu’ah have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
That you may say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
YESHA’YAHU (ISAIAH) 49:8-9 Eth Cepher
As Covenant people of YAHUAH ELOHIYM, we can trust that even when there is total, paralyzing darkness in the world, we can still have light in our dwellings, just as the Israelites had in Goshen.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of YAHUAH, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
PHlIPPIYM (PHILIPPIANS) 2:14-15 Eth Cepher
If we want light in our homes and families, then we must turn from hatred and walk in love. We must stop cursing, fault finding, and arguing, and instead, begin blessing.
He that says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.
He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.
But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not whither he goes, because that darkness has blinded his eyes.
YAHUCHANON RI’SHON (1 JOHN) 2:9-11 Eth Cepher
The Final Plague: Death of the Firstborn
And the blood shall be to you for a mark upon the houses where ye are: and when I see את eth-the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Mitsrayim.
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 12:13 Eth Cepher
The story of the first Pesach (Passover), approximately 3500 years ago.
Passover is one of the most significant events in the Torah: it is the physical salvation of Yashsar’el (Israel) through the blood of the lamb.
It has significance for all Believers, Jew or Gentile, as it foreshadowed our spiritual salvation through the atoning blood of the Lamb of ELOHIYM, YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH (The Messiah).
This final plague—the death of the firstborn of Egypt—required that Moses prepare the people of Yashar’el (Israel) so that YAHUAH ELOHIYM could make a distinction between the Egyptians and Israelites. SHEMOTH (Exodus) 11:7
YAHUAH commanded Yashar’el (Israel) to kill a lamb and place its blood on the doorposts (mezuzot) of their dwelling places.
When the blood was placed on the doorposts and lintels in Egypt, it formed the letter chet in Hebrew, which as a pictograph may mean separation, fence or wall.
Together with the Hebrew letter Yud, which as a pictograph means hand—representing the power of YAHUAH ELOHIYM, it forms the word chai, meaning living. Chai is related to the Hebrew word chaim, which means life.
The angel of death passed over those dwelling places where the blood had been applied to the lintel so that they lived.
Just as those who applied the lamb’s blood to their doorposts were saved—Yashar’e’liym (Israelite) and Egyptian alike—we are also saved from death and destruction by the blood of the Lamb of YAHUAH ELOHIYM, YAHUSHA, who died on the crucifixion stake (Tree) on Passover and rose after three days. KEPHA RI’SHON (1 Peter 1:19)
“Yeish co’ah b’damo shel haseh!” (There is power in the blood of the lamb!)
Passover: The Story of Redemption
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
SHEMOTH (EXODUS) 12:2 Eth Cepher
Passover is so significant that YAHUAH ELOHIM commanded it to be the spiritual beginning of the year. SHEMOTH (Exodus) 12:2
All our sense of time is reckoned from this moment of freedom, the Passover, the day that YAH passed over us, and we were saved from His wrath.
That is why each year during Passover we recount this great story of redemption at the Passover. It is a powerful teaching tool by which we impart our faith in a mighty, merciful YAH to the next generation. SHEMOTH (Exodus) 12:26
While most Jewish people celebrate the Passover each year, for many it’s simply a family tradition or a religious ritual.
Like most Gentile Believers, Jewish people also need a deeper understanding of the Passover, especially the blood of the Lamb.
Please pray that, as Jewish people study these passages of Scripture this
Shabbat (Sabbath), the Ruach HaKodesh (Set-Apart Spirit) would give them revelation about salvation through the blood of the Messiah.
“Celebrate this day [Passover] as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.” SHEMOTH (Exodus) 12:17
The Protection of the Blood Covenant
“There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.” SHEMOTH (Exodus) 11:6
When the angel of death passed over Egypt, a great cry of mourning was heard throughout the land.
But wherever the blood had been applied to the doorpost in obedience to YAHUAH ELOHIYM, it was quiet and calm.
In the face of so much destruction, some find it difficult to reconcile YAHUAH’s love for all people, as seen in the Renewed Covenant (New Testament), with YAHUAH’s judgment of sin in the Torah.
But YAHUAH didn’t just wipe out all the Egyptians. Before each plague, He warned them; He gave them time and opportunity to repent.
At the same time, He put the umbrella of His protective covering over those who chose to be in covenant relationship with Him.
Not only were the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites) saved, but the Egyptians who feared Almighty YAHUAH ELOHIYM and entered a house with the Blood of the Lamb on the doorpost were also saved.
All people, not just the children of Yashar’el (Israel), are welcome to come into this
privileged covenant status with YAHUAH (the Messiah), the EELOHIYM of the Yashar’e’liym (Israelites), through the blood of the Jewish Messiah, YAHUSHA.
The Results of Hardness of Heart
“How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?” SHEMOTH (Exodus) 10:3
Our own hardness of heart has ramifications not only for our own lives, but for our loved ones and for our businesses and employees.
Pharaoh invited destruction upon himself, his family and all of Egypt simply because of the hardness of his heart. He refused to humble himself or to heed the ten rebukes of the plagues.
HE, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
MISHLEI (PROVERBS) 29:1 Eth Cepher
May our own hearts be soft clay in the Potter’s hands. May we each seek to walk in humility, to heed rebuke and to receive proper correction.
Protection from the Wrath to Come
GATHER yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of YAHUAH come upon you, before the day of YAHUAH’S anger come upon you.
TSEPHANYAHU (ZEPHANIAH) 2:1-2 Eth Cepher
Throughout the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures), the prophets foretell of the judgment that will come upon the earth. The blood of the lamb is the only thing powerful enough to protect us from the coming wrath of YAHUAH.
YAHUAH is merciful and does not desire even one person to perish.
Therefore, He has given each one of us the opportunity to place the blood of the lamb, by belief (faith), on the doorposts and lintels of our hearts. We do this by receiving YAHUSHA’s atonement for our sins.
YAHUSHA is returning, not as the meek, sacrificial lamb, but as the mighty Lion of Yahudah (Judah), to execute judgment upon the peoples of the earth, especially upon the enemies of Yashar’el (Israel).
Edited By GWT
Scriptural References: Eth Cepher