LOCK DOWN

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Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe.  None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.  When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over the doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.  Exodus 12:22-23 NIV

Bella has never liked being locked in her kennel for any reason.  Seneca is an escape artist who has finally met her match in her newest crate.  Burt uses his hound dog howl and rattles his cage while Lucy works to get the floor of her kennel moved out so she can wiggle free.  Our dogs do not like being locked up or down!

The Israelites were placed on a lock down during the tenth plague of Egypt. They were told to slaughter the Passover lamb.  The lamb’s blood was to be placed in a basin.  Dipping a bunch of hyssop into the basin, each household was to put blood on the top and both sides of the doorframe of their home.  They were instructed not to leave their house until the next morning.

During the night, the LORD would go through the land and strike down the Egyptians but he would see the Passover lamb’s blood on the doorframe and pass over that doorway.  The destroyer would not be permitted to enter the houses marked by the lamb’s blood.

The Israelites obeyed and their lives were spared. They lived and were set free from Egyptian bondage.

The Israelites were told to observe this ceremony when they entered the promised land and to pass it down to their children.  Passover is the major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the Israelites departure from Egypt and their liberation from slavery.

Our leaders and common sense has dictated that we stay at home recently due to a deadly virus.  We wear protective gloves and face masks in order to stay healthy and virus free.  We pray that the virus does not strike those we love and mourn with those who it has touched.  We long for a quick cure.

A cure for sin has already been provided.  The Passover lamb has been slain.  When you place his blood on the doorpost of your heart, your sin has been washed away.  Your life has been spared and you have been set free from the bondage of sin and the fear of death.

He has opened the door and set you free!  Celebrate that freedom in Christ today!

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