“Take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses.” (Exodus 12:7)
Passover. If you have been hanging around the bible for a few years, you are familiar with the celebration. It is one of the major observances for the Jews, for it commemorates God passing over the houses of the Hebrews in Egypt somewhere around 1313 B.C.; when the death angel came into the land to kill the firstborn of every family. In order to be protected from the destructive plague, each Hebrew family was required to slay a lamb, take some of its blood, and spread it on each side as well as the top of the doorframe of their house. The blood would be a sign to God for death to “pass over” the house with the blood.
But there is more to the story of that first Passover, than just the deliverance from Egypt. If you take the blood on each side of the doorposts, draw a line across from one side of the doorpost to the other, and then two more lines from each side of the doorpost to the top of the doorpost (kind of like connect the dots), you will discover that it makes a triangle. A triangle that points to heaven. God asked the Hebrews to form a triangle that would signify they were pointing to him for their deliverance.
Now, fast forward to the time of Christ, the sacrificial Passover Lamb (I Corinthians 5:7), when he was sacrificed on the cross for our sins. Do you remember how many places on the cross that Christ was nailed to? One at his right hand, one at his left, and one at his feet. All three of those places on the cross were marked with Christ’s blood. When you connect those three places on the cross, you discover it forms another triangle. However, this triangle points downward. This signifies that unlike the blood on the doorposts in Egypt, the Passover sacrifice of Christ comes not from man upward to God, but from God downward to man.
Now, if we were to take these two triangles and overlap them with one another we would discover something fascinating. The two triangles overlapping form a star. The sign of Israel’s redemption joined to the sign of mankind’s redemption. But this is not just any star. It is a star formed by the hand of God across the span of ages. For when you place the triangle that points upward with the triangle that points downward, you will see that together they form – The Star of David.