August 30 – Exodus 12:14-20
August 30 – Exodus 12:14-20
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14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever. 18 In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses. If anyone eats what is leavened, that person will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwelling places you shall eat unleavened bread.”
God gives what seems like to us to be very strange instructions about not having anything leaven in the home for seven days and eating nothing leavened during this time. He even says twice that if anyone eats anything leavened, they will be cut off from the congregation of Israel. Those are very strong words, but obviously God had his reasons.
Why do you think God was so serious in His instructions?
This was to be a memorial for the coming generations. What do you do to remember and thank God for helping you escape from the clutches of Satan and sin?
Heavenly Father, we don’t have to understand everything You do or all the instructions You give us to be obedient. I know You were trying to show the people how very serious of a situation obedience is and continues to be today. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to corral that many people for forty years through the wilderness and obedience had to be an important factor in keeping them moving in the direction You had for them. We see soon how easy they forgot Your instructions. I too, forget You way too often. I forget Your instructions, I forget to thank You, I forget to praise You. Help me be better at loving You and showing my love for You to You, but also to those around so they can begin to see what a loving and gracious God You are. You are gracious because You knew how difficult we would be and still chose to create us. Thank You for loving us so deeply. Thank You for putting up with me, Father, because daily I am unlovable. Help me reflect You better. On my good days and especially my bad days, I should be a reflection of You. Forgive me the many times I fail You. Help me to love those who are hurting around me and not just see their sin as sin. Help me see their sin and actions as a cry for help, prayer and love, rather than criticism, judgment, and correction. Help me be You to those around me.
In Jesus’ name.