Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. Hebrews 11:28
When God chooses a leader, He chooses him with great care. Moses’ response to God’s instructions about the first Passover would mean the difference between life and death for every firstborn in an Israelite family. With great detail, God gave instructions. With great detail, Moses carried them out. No carelessness. No second-guessing about appeared to be important and what seemed to be of little significance. He was not burdened down by the extent of God’s instructions. If the details were important to God, the details were important to him.
Such is the essence of faith. When God speaks, I obey no matter what. I do not sift through God’s commands and apply a value to what seems compelling. I do not take shortcuts according to my own interpretation of God’s words. By faith, I trust that every single thing He speaks is critical whether I understand it or not.
Moses could not know all that that was in the heart of God as he listened to God unveil the detailed instructions for his people. He could not know that Christ would be our Passover and would one day be sacrificed for us. He could not know that as each household chose a lamb without blemish, that the Messiah would also be a Lamb without sin. He could not know that killing and roasting their lambs as God instructed would paint a picture of the suffering and killing of another perfect Lamb on a hillside outside Jerusalem. He could now know that every detail of Passover instructions from Yahweh would correspond perfectly to the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
Yet in spite of what he did not know, Moses knew God. His faith was built on awe and respect. His faith bid him to obey God to the very last detail. Whatever God promised would come to pass and each seemingly insignificant element would hold remarkable symbolism down through the ages. In heaven, God’s plan of redemption will be celebrated and each facet of this first Passover will astound us all over again as we sing the song in Revelation chapter five. Our voices will blend with the choir of angels.
“Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”