Monday, January 20, 2014

Exodus 11-13

Pharaoh, again, refuses to listen to God in Exodus 11-14, until the last (and most horrific) plague, killing all of Egypt's firstborn sons.  It's tragic, but through it all, God's wonders and power are multiplied.  God honors his promise to keep His people safe.  While the Egyptians are in mourning, the Israelites are celebrating the Lord's Passover for the first time under God's direction, in the comforts of their own homes.  God loves His people.  Even Pharaoh, with his hard heart, can tell it.  And so, finally, at the end of today's reading, God leads His chosen people toward the Red Sea and their Promised Land.

I want to focus on the celebration of the Lord's Passover.  To this day, Jewish people commemorate this day when God freed the Israelites from slavery.  But as Christians, does Passover really apply to us? 

My answer is yes.  No, many of us probably don't celebrate in the traditional Biblical sense, but I love a good excuse for a celebration don't you?  With Christ, we have reason to celebrate each and every day.  From the second we believe, we are part of God's big family.  Through faith, we are all set free from being enslaved by our sins! 

The story of Passover is the very beginning of God's saving grace at work in the lives of His believers, those He calls His own.  It's the birth of an amazing love story worthy of passing on to our children and grandchildren.  

21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

This is early evidence of God's mighty hands that are still leading us and saving us today.  This is part of who we are in Christ.  

As Christians, we are all on a journey with God.  Day or night, He is with us, giving us the very light we need.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I celebrate You and Your mighty hands at work in me, my life, and in the world.  Thank You for giving me everything I need.  Help me to remember the richness of Your story and the abundance of Your love for me.  Fill my heart with Your Word, Lord, so that I can pass it on to those around me, especially children.  I pray that my children will come to know the love and nature of You, God, through me.  May __________________ grow in their knowledge of Christ, Our Savior, and be filled with a strong, sustaining faith all the days of their lives.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,

In Christ's love,
*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more. 

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