Pass It On
Lord, help me to realize what the symbolism of the Passover ceremony means for me as I study Your Word today.
Read Exodus 12:14–30
14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do.
17 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live,you must eat unleavened bread.”
21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.
29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestockas well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
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ReflectWhat traditions are passed on in your family? How is your faith in Jesus being passed on?
This story of deliverance is told throughout the Bible as both Old and New Testament characters retell what God has done for their ancestors. The yeast symbolized sin and had to be removed from their homes. The blood showed that a sacrifice had been made to save them from death. They acted in obedience and faith, doing exactly as Moses told them, because they trusted that God was going to act on their behalf.
The people had been crying out to God to deliver them. Nine plagues had brought Pharaoh to the point of releasing them, only for him to change his mind at the last minute. This tenth plague was the worst of all and affected everyone, but it finally led to their deliverance from slavery.
We might be slaves to bad habits, perhaps living trapped to an addiction. God, who set his people free from Egypt, is able to set us free today too if we ask him. And, as Christians, we have all been set free from the consequences of sin. We all have a story to pass on.
Take some time to write down your story of what Jesus has done for you.
God, please give me the opportunity to share my story with the next generation.
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