After light returned to chase the thick darkness out of the land of Egypt, still Pharaoh would not let the people of Israel go. Again he offered a compromise, and again Moses said no to the compromise.
“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, ‘Get away from me! Beware, do not see my face again, for in the day you see my face you shall die!’ And Moses said, ‘You are right; I shall never see your face again!'” ~ Exodus 10:27-29. We are told in Exodus 11:8 that Moses “went out from Pharaoh in hot anger”.
One last plague remained. One last wonder to declare God’s sovereignty and power. One last terrible thing that would bring pain and suffering upon the Egyptian people. One last opportunity for them to choose the One True God and be spared, like the sons of Israel.
The Bible tells us that “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” ~ 2 Peter 3:9. Any means any. God doesn’t want anyone to die apart from Him. He made a way, Jesus, for all of us to be pardoned for our sins and granted forgiveness and life everlasting with Him. He also provided a way for any in Egypt to escape the final plague- death to every firstborn, man and beast, in the land.
God gave specific instructions to the sons of Israel to be followed to the letter so that their households would be “passed over” and not struck with death. Did the sons of Israel have to follow these instructions? No. But if they didn’t, they would suffer the death of their firstborn, like any other unmarked house.
We are told in Exodus 11:3 ~ “And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.” Though Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen, the people of Egypt were taking notice of this God of Israel and of this man Moses and his words.
When Moses addressed the congregation of Israel in Exodus 12 and gave the details for the Passover dinner and how to mark their homes for protection, I would think some Egyptians took note as well, and followed the instructions, and their households were spared from death. In Exodus 12:38, we are told “a mixed multitude also went up with them” when the people of Israel left Egypt. Perhaps some Egyptians chose to follow the One True God.
“And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that [is] in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.” ~ Exodus 12:22 (KJV)
I purposely used the King James Version for the above verse because it gives us a more vivid picture of the marking of the homes. The blood was to be pooled in the doorway, and the dipped hyssop was to be used to strike the doorposts and the top of the door frame. This forms a cross of sorts. Jesus, who is our Passover Lamb, was struck and bleeding from His hands, His feet, and His head, and His blood must have pooled at the foot of the cross.
We are “passed over” and spared from death because we have chosen our Passover Lamb, Jesus, and we are marked by Him.
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5
Literally, by His stripes, bruises, wounds we are healed. Our Passover Lamb gave His life for us and marked us with His blood. If we simply follow the instructions and choose His marking, we are saved!
One further note: they were instructed to not leave the protection of their marked homes until morning. Once you’re covered and marked by the blood of Jesus, don’t leave His protection to go play out in the darkness! Stay in His presence, walk in His light!