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Good Morning.

It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. And it shall be, when your children say to you, “What do you mean by this service?” that you shall say, “It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.” (Exodus 12:25-27)

Everything that God does has purpose. In these verses we see that, not only did the Passover service demonstrate God’s care for that generation but was also intended to benefit future generations. In addition to those He deals with presently, God always has His eye on those who will come afterwards. 

Where the Passover is concerned, the notion that future generations would ask about the meaning of all of this has been preserved in the Passover seder. There is a portion of the seder called Mah nishtana – “Why is this night different?” It is included in the seder to ensure that our children remember what happened long ago and to consider that the freedom we enjoy as citizens of God’s kingdom are associated with the events in Egypt and all that was prophesied in those events — i.e. the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah. Thus, as those who have been grafted into the family of God through the Messiah, we too are to connect with the events that unfolded in Egypt so long ago. Paul pointed this out to a group of people who were largely non-Jewish. Writing to the congregation in Corinth, he said:

“Brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2)

My point is this: notice Paul didn’t say “My fathers” but “our fathers.” In other words, as people of faith these Corinthians were to consider those who left Egypt as being their ancestors as well; not because of bloodlines but because they had come into the family of faith by trusting in the Lamb of God. Therefore, as God’s children and as the spiritual heirs of Abraham we should remember that, long ago, God struck down the firstborn of Egypt so that that generation could be free. The God who did that is the same One who has delivered us from our bondage to sin and allows us to be part of this family of faith. Let us, then, be faithful to deliver this faith and understanding to our children and their children that the purpose of God will continue for all time.

 

Blessings and Shalom,  

 

Bill  

 

 

 

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