And this day shall be to you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations…
I. THE PREPARATION FOR THE PASSOVER.
1. Divinely commanded.
2. The Passover a new era.
3. Details explicitly given.
(1) Indicating the importance of having a "Thus saith the Lord" for every ordinance religiously observed.
(2) Indicating the importance of observing every Divine ordinance as divinely ordained.
(3) In the ease of the Israelites, to deviate from the prescribed form would indicate insubordination.
(4) The lamb is Divinely declared a type of Christ (1 Corinthians 5:17).
(5) The lamb being "kept up" from the tenth to the fourteenth may be a type of the time when the promise of Christ was given in Eden, and of His crucifixion on Calvary.
II. THE BLOOD OF THE PASSOVER.
1. The disposition to be made of it.
2. The purpose.
(1) A sign for the angel of death to exempt the house thus marked.
(2) This sign thus became the ground of peace and security to the Israelites.
(3) This was also a sign that this exemption, peace, and security, were not of works, but wholly of grace.
(4) The application to the believer, covered by the precious blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8; Romans 3:24, 25).
III. EATING THIS PASSOVER. Its typical significance. Lessons:
1. The Old Testament seems typical of the New Testament.
2. Doctrine and practice vividly portrayed.
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.