Lent 2022 Day 13
Wed 16 Mar
Exodus 12:1-3, 12-13 The Passover
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 ‘This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
12 ‘On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
The Passover was a pivotal point in the history of the Israelites. The Passover meal was instituted by God as a permanent reminder of their imminent freedom from slavery.
The last of the plagues God was about to be wrought on Egypt, one that resulted in the death of all the first-born, livestock as well as people. God had already planned to do this.
You might have noticed that this act would be a judgment, not on the king of Egypt, but on the gods of Egypt. These were not real gods, for there is only One God, but people were quick to create and worship gods of their choosing, an image they could see, something of exquisite craftsmanship that they could admire, something made of the most expensive materials.
God does not require any images or likenesses, for there is a danger that they become the object of worship instead of God. I sometimes wonder, when I walk into a church that is adorned with statuary, icons and relics, whether they are there as a show of wealth or for assisting devotion.
God will show no mercy when he sends his angel of death to Egypt. The blood of the lamb, daubed onto the lintel and doorposts of every Israelite dwelling, would still be there in the morning, and would remain until it faded to condemn Pharaoh and remind his people that God’s people were not killed on Passover night. If you want to follow our Reflections Series on the Passover, then look here.
Did God enjoy killing all the firstborn? How do you explain this to an enquirer?
Can we claim special protection from evil?
Is there a possibility that the precious crafted materials in our churches could become idols in themselves?
Father God, you kept your promise, and all Israel did as you requested them through Moses. I pray that in my church fellowship you will find someone who is alert to your voice and people who are obedient to your directing. Amen.
Here it is, narrated: