This week, our scripture readings will allow us to reflect on God’s guidance in our past, and help us prepare to welcome His presence and creative work as we walk into our future.
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. “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. 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. 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. “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.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
How do we walk confidently into the future? God was teaching the Israelites to focus on His faithfulness from the past as the basis for God’s leading in the future. In this passage, the remembering is of God’s historic and miraculous intervention on behalf the enslaved Hebrew people in Egypt. In the Hebrew language, the future is behind a person and not out in front. The Hebrews spoke of walking backwards into their future. Allow the memories of God’s past faithfulness to lead you to trust Him as you step into your future.