So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What is this?” that you shall say to him, “By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” (Exodus 13:14)
Again and again, the Almighty tells His people that these and other commandments are to be reminders of their deliverance from Egypt. Even the Sabbaths and Festivals that are commanded serve as memorials of Israel’s departure from Egypt. Because redemption is such an important element of Scripture, one generation is instructed to inform the next generation about all that the LORD has done so that future generations will believe for their own deliverance.
Redemption from bondage is a theme that runs throughout Scripture; it starts in the beginning with the promise of the Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:15). It culminates in the Messiah who came and gave His life for the redemption of all who are in the bondage of sin. It will come to complete fruition when He returns and delivers His people from the nations and gathers them unto Himself. The point is that Messiah is the focus of all these commands -– He is the Redeemer. He is the One Moses was pointing to in everything He commanded the children of Israel to do. Thus we are reminded of what is written in the Psalms:
“Then I said, Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.” (Psalm 40:7)
Though David wrote these words, the only one who can make the claim that the entirety of Scripture is about them is the Son of David, the Messiah. We should be careful about dismissing any part of Scripture because all of it is to remind us of what He has done on our behalf in times past –- and what He will do in the future. So as darkness grows more intense, remember to lift up your head knowing that our redemption draws near.
Blessings and Shalom,