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Passover Us

15 December, 2009

(Note: This is the second of a 12 installment series.  Check below for previous entry)

Words and Music by Andrew Peterson

Well, we all remember Moses on the banks of the river
He said “Pharaoh, you’ve got to let my people go.
You don’t want me to have to tell you this ten times over–
Denial ain’t just a river, you know”

And we all remember Pharaoh, he just wouldn’t do it
So the plagues came upon Egypt one by one
His heart was hard and the other nine just couldn’t move it
So the last was the worst: the death of the firstborn son

But the Lord, he gave to Moses a word for the people
He said their firstborn sons would live to see another day
“Put the blood of a lamb on the doorway and death will pass right over”
That night all the children of Israel prayed,

They prayed,
“Lord, let your judgment Passover us
Lord, let your love hover near
Don’t let your sweet mercy Passover us
Let this blood cover over us here”

So the years went by and the people they whined and they wandered
And only sacrifice atoned for the sins of the land
So you see the priest he placed upon the holy altar
The body of a spotless lamb

And he prayed,
“Lord, let your judgment Passover us
Lord, let your love hover near
Don’t let your sweet mercy Passover us
Let this blood cover over us here
Let this blood cover over us here…”

So, we see God’s provision for the Israelites in Egypt, and in the desert. God’s people were delivered miraculously to be released from their bondage. But they turned away from God as soon as possible, whining about how at least they had a place to bury their dead in Egypt.

But God still loved His people. So he set up a system of blood sacrifice, and assured the people that bloodshed (as it always had been) would be the only way sins could be forgiven. So at the point where this part of the story leaves us, the Israelites were able to sacrifice a spotless lamb on the alter, and with repentance their sins were forgiven, but only with the faith that God would make the sacrifice cover over the sins. Without repentance, this sacrifice was merely vain repetition.

“Let this blood cover over us here…”

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