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In Case You Missed It -- Exodus 12: 31-14:31, Psalm 38

The Word of God continues to take us on this incredible journey recorded in the book of Exodus! The twin themes of redemption and deliverance from bondage are central to the theology and history of the Old Testament. God will honor His covenantal promises to the Patriarchs as He molds Israel into a holy nation. The Passover experience has exclusively bound these people together. They have received instructions for annual commemoration of The Lord’s Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Consecration of the Firstborn. They are being prepared for what life before a Holy God requires: worship, faith, obedience and holiness. Their classroom will be the wilderness. In response to God’s final devastating blow to Egypt, the death of their firstborn, Pharaoh relinquishes and tells Moses and Aaron, “Go! Worship the Lord as you have requested.” They are leaving 430 years of captivity with their heads high and their hearts pounding. They believe God’s promises as they march out into the wilderness. It will not be easy, but God is faithful!

God’s presence will guide and protect them in the pillars of cloud and fire. He will fight for them against the Egyptian army in a spectacular display of power; they have experienced so much already! He will be their God and they will be His people” (Ex 6:7). He has redeemed them with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. They will praise God, but at times they will forget what He has done, falling into idolatry and faithlessness. Our attitudes can turn our lives into a spiritual wilderness. We, too, will praise and thank God, but trials test us, and we lose sight of who God is and what He has done for us. We are the redeemed of God! He would have us as His holy people due to the sacrifice of His only son for the forgiveness of our sin. Jesus is our Passover lamb, redeemer and deliverer. It’s the story of the divine and human beings: compelling and beautiful, challenging and eternally worthy.

Mollie Hassett