Go And Worship The Lord

Exodus 12:24-36

24 “Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever. 25 When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony. 26 Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ 27 And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped.

28 So the people of Israel did just as the Lord had commanded through Moses and Aaron. 29 And that night at midnight, the Lord struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.

31 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you said, and be gone. Go, but bless me as you leave.” 33 All the Egyptians urged the people of Israel to get out of the land as quickly as possible, for they thought, “We will all die!”

34 The Israelites took their bread dough before yeast was added. They wrapped their kneading boards in their cloaks and carried them on their shoulders. 35 And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed; they asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. 36 The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!

Reflection

There is something about the move of God’s hand that echoes down the generations. His glory transcends time and place, the shifting allegiances of nations and eras, and the small breadth of our human lives. The first Passover night, the night of the deliverance of the Israelite nation, would go on to be remembered for centuries to come in the words of the prophets, rulers and psalmists, just as God commanded. The commemoration of this day would be an enduring reminder of the power and might of their God, a confirmation of his uncompromising love, and a beacon of hope for the future deliverance of God’s people through the coming of the Messiah.

In the depth of night, under the cover of darkness, we see a move of both divine vengeance and sudden redemption. Night for the Egyptians became a darkness of terrible affliction, but for the Israelites it became a shield of deliverance and protection. Here is the awesome arm of God at work, dividing wrath from grace. We see his perfect judgement of the Egyptian households, vindicating the suffering of his people, and also the astonishing salvation and preservation of every Israeli life.

In this moment God’s promise of deliverance is brought to pass, a promise sworn to Abraham hundreds of years earlier, and also his abundant provision, outworked through the ongoing story of miraculous protection as the Israelites cross the Red Sea and journey into the wilderness. What an epic tale of love and holiness. This night is the birth of the Israelite nation, the expanding of the multitude of stars that Abraham saw that night, which would then explode centuries later with the coming of Jesus and the open door to salvation for the gentiles. Millennia later, this promise is still unfolding through us today.

Prayer:

Remember the times in your life when God has delivered radically, recall his great miracles and the demonstration of his love for you. And then believe for the great things yet to come.

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