Here, the Lord elaborates further on the Passover commemoration instructions. The whole company is just leaving Egypt. God wasted no time in instructing His people on exactly who may come celebrate and how they are to carry out this grand remembrance of His mercy and greatness toward them. Moses and Aaron are taught exactly who may eat, who may not, and a few more details on how it may and may not be eaten. All obligations of the Passover meal point to Jesus Christ and His church.
The underlying theme for the people of God here is preparedness. No one may come to this meal uncircumcised. Circumcision was to the people of Israel what regeneration is to Christians. No one can come to the table celebrating God’s great mercy and miraculous deliverance lest he be first converted and circumcised of heart.
We are shown that anyone may come as long as he is circumcised. No foreigners may come. No one who is a hired servant or compensated in any way for his work may come. But every slave who has been both bought and circumcised may take part. If there is ownership of a slave – a slave that has been purchased by the people of God – that man is as welcome at the table as a blood-born Jew.
Furthermore, they must always eat the meal inside and all together in one house. Slaves did not eat one place and masters another. No. All together and never outside where foreigners or hired hands would be able to take part. And the animals’ bones must never be broken.
Lastly, one law applied to all who ate. The rules applied across the board. Jews did not have special privileges over sojourners or slaves. This must have been quite unsettling to Jews because it indicated that their privilege and position with God was based not in their bloodline, but their earnest dedication to God.
The only ones who may come to the Lord’s table are those who have been properly prepared. Preparedness is for us, conversion. No one who works for salvation is welcome. Likewise, no one outside of salvation may eat at Christ’s communion table. Yet, all are welcome if they have been purchased – bought by the blood of Christ. Those who are owned by the Father may come freely but those who are trusting in self-sufficient works are wholly unwelcome. Everyone is to come into one house. Some are not relegated to a lesser, lower place because the basis of belonging is neither work related nor nepotistic in nature. The basis of belonging to Christ is, and always has been, our true love and dedication to Him. No favoritism has ever been condoned in the house of God. All are bound by one law and no one has privilege or position based on anything other than their love for God and His for them.
What a beautiful picture of how the church ought to look – how God’s people ought to come to feast upon Him. Prepared. Grace-dependent. Unified. Equally honorable. Equally honored. Collectively submitted to a singular law based solely upon grace and our response to it.
Praise God for His mercy! They did not have to be Jews to celebrate the Passover with equal treatment and honor in the house of God’s people. Slave, pilgrim – no matter! It was their house, too! I do not have to be from a particular family or social class, structure, or group to celebrate His grace and my deliverance with equal treatment and honor in the house of God. It is my house, too! If He is my deliverer, I am, and always will be a full-privilege member of his company. I am included on the merits of one condition: His faithfulness. Praise God for his mercy toward even me – a weary sojourner who has absolutely nothing but the blood (His – not mine!) to bank on!