The tenth and final plague against the Egyptians is about to happen: the Angel of Death will soon fall upon the houses of Egyptian families and kill the first born boys. How will death know the difference between the homes of Egyptians and those of the Hebrews? Today’s reading tells what Hebrew families are to do. Hyssop, a lovely shrub that grows around the world, is to be dipped into the blood of the lamb to be eaten and then smeared on the doorposts of Hebrew houses so that death will “Passover” those homes; thus came the name for this celebration of freedom.
Hyssop was dipped into vinegar and smeared on the lips of Jesus on the cross in John 19:29. St. John wants us to feel the connection with the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of the Hebrews and the vinegar smeared on Jesus’ lips. The Resurrection of Jesus: the New Passover.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Torah Portions
read along with synagogues throughout the world.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick