Exodus 12 tells us the story of the passover. Verse 12 says, “I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments…”

Numbers 33:3-4 tells us that the passover is the final stroke on the gods of Egypt. “On the day after the Passover  the Israelites went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians. Meanwhile, the Egyptians were burying every firstborn male the Lord had struck down among them, for the Lord had executed judgment against their gods.”

Those who took God at his word and applied the passover blood were victorious over all the gods of Egypt. A nation was born when Israel left Egypt. The blood saved them, they now had freedom to live their lives as one nation under God, and they also had a promised land awaiting them.

My illustration file contains this article: Not only are the colors of our flag born in heaven, but the order in which they are spoken and sung, finds its origin and significance in the banner of the cross. We do not say the blue, white, and red, nor name them in any other order than the natural one—”The red, white, and blue.” And this is God’s own method of salvation. First sacrifice, then holiness, then heaven. There can be no inversion of that order. Through the blood of the Lamb comes purity, then paradise.