Devotions for January 2, 2018

EXODUS 12:3-28

21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.

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.

DEVO

What are we remembering when we take communion? We remember THE Passover. Moses and Pharaoh are locked in battle, 9 plagues have come, the tenth, where God is going to kill the firstborn, is coming to Egypt. But God gives Moses instructions for the Jews to be spared. Get a goat or a lamb, sacrifice it, and before eating it, take the blood and put it on the outside of their door.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why did God require the Israelites to sacrifice lambs? What is God “passing-over” in this passage?

Q: As the true Passover lamb, what has Jesus accomplished through the shedding of His blood? What is God “passing over” for you because of His Son’s sacrifice?

Q: In light of the Passover, why is Communion an important tradition? How can you pass on its meaning and importance to the next generation?

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