“He [God] won’t let the destroyer enter your house to strike you down with ruin.” Exodus 12:23
A few days ago a young man I know left his home for about an hour, and returned to discover he someone had entered his home through a window and stole jewelry and around three-thousand dollars worth of collectible baseball cards. The value of the lost items is covered by insurance, but money can’t reimburse them for the feeling of being violated by the intruder.
In Exodus, we read how all of God’s efforts to get the Pharaoh to release the Hebrews had failed. His final blow came when he commanded Moses to tell Pharaoh, “At midnight I will go through Egypt and every firstborn child in Egypt will die … so you will know that God makes a clear distinction between Egypt and Israel.” (vs. 4,7)
Even with this warning, Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites. God instructed Moses to address the community of Israel that on the tenth day of the month they were to prepare for the Passover. To protect the Israelites, each household hosting the Passover meal was to smear blood from a lamb on the two doorposts and lintel (the upper support of the door) of their house. This blood would serve as a sign to God’s “destroyer” to pass over their home and protect their first-born child.
In our prayers we ask God to protect us from harm. In today’s society, God might advise us to install a home security system.
Dear Lord, spread your wide arms around our homes and protect us from the evil that waits to enter. Amen.