God has spoken! He called and spoke to Moses and Aaron declaring the way of salvation for their firstborn. In Chapter 12 God spoke, declaring that this would be a new beginning for the Israelites. Then God spoke very specifically, telling them that salvation would come by way of a sacrificial lamb without blemish that was to be chosen and killed at a specific day and time. Subsequently God spoke, instructing them how the blood of the lamb was to be applied on the doorposts of their homes. And again God spoke, telling them that they were to remember this day as a memorial and keep it as a feast to all generations.
Moses and Aaron heard the word from God and were commanded to pass that word on to the people of God. But there had to come a time when all God had said to Moses and Aaron would not only to be heard but obeyed, or else destruction would follow by way of the tenth and final plague. This is where we are in our study in Exodus this coming Sunday. It was time for action on the part of the people who have been called, set apart, and about to be delivered. Moses spoke to the people, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb” (12:21).
In our text, besides the initial command to kill the Passover lamb, Moses gave the people a few more details. They were told: First that they were not to leave their homes until the morning (v. 22); Secondly, to observe this rite as a statue forever when they come into the land that God promised to give them (v. 24-25); And thirdly, they were told of their responsibility to teach their children what these things meant (v. 26-27).
These were the words that God spoke to Moses, and Moses declared them to the people. But what was the people’s response to these words? Praise the Lord, they bowed their heads and worshipped (v. 27). But significantly, they also obeyed; they not only heard the word of the LORD, but obeyed that Word! (v. 28). This is a wonderful picture of the obedience of God’s people to His word in all generations to follow. Are you only a hearer of the Word, or do you obey God and His Word? As James admonishes in James 1:22: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”