The bitter herbs to be eaten at Passover were to remind the Israelites that they had been delivered from slavery in Egypt. Today, by the death & resurrection of Jesus Christ let us be reminded that we have been redeemed from slavery to sin and have received a final, one time propitiation (sacrifice) from our former life.
The lamb was to be without blemish; Jesus was the lamb without sin.
The Israelites were instructed to eat the meat right away after draining the blood and marking their doorposts. We should eat the meat of the Living Word immediately once we accept our Savior. How are we marked with His blood? By accepting him, we are passed over in death when we have accepted His eternal life. We are also marked by our demeanor and his light.
This is how the Israelites were instructed to partake of the Passover, in Exodus 12:11
“And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste.”
We are reminded again in Ephesians 6:14-17
“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
We are not to hesitate with preparing ourselves. Stand your ground; don’t let anything hinder you from your faith. Put on the belt of Truth which gives us discernment and the belt protects our vulnerability as well as frees us to move without hindrance. God’s righteousness is to live by the Spirit. Putting on the shoes, sandals & peace of the good news are having a readiness to share the gospel. The shield of faith or your staff is the faith you rely on when you cannot see the outcome and still know God has it under control. Salvation as your helmet is having the mind of Christ. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:13-16
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1