Three images are presented to us in tonight’s service. The first image is blood. The second image is a meal. The final image is an act of service, the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus.
The blood is the blood of the passover lamb, eaten in haste on the night of the Exodus. This was not just the eve of God’s liberation of his people from slavery, but also a night of judgment on the Egyptians. A night of slaughter. A night of blood.
And, as if God does not know his own people, the reading from Exodus tells us that it takes an outward sign — lamb’s blood on the lintel of the doorpost — to stave off the Angel of Death.
If we read this story typologically, that is, by assigning to the characters and places a larger significance, Egypt is then read as a stand-in or “type” for the sinful, fallen world inhabited by the descendants of Adam and Eve; the death of the firstborn of Egypt is a type of the death which we all must undergo as the unfortunate consequence for the sin of our first parents; and the Hebrews are a type of the Elect — that remnant of the human race that God chooses — for reasons entirely his own and unknown to us — to save…
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on April 13, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.