September 5 – Exodus 12:43-51

September 5 – Exodus 12:43-51

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Exodus 12:43-51

And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, but every slave that is bought for money may eat of it after you have circumcised him.  No foreigner or hired worker may eat of it.  It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not

break any of its bones.  All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.  If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it.  There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”  All the people of Israel did just as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. And on that very day the LORD brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by

their hosts.



These scriptures share God’s laws and rules that were to be followed in order to partake of the Passover.  The chapter concludes by noting that the Israelites and those participating in the Passover did indeed observe and follow the command of the Lord; and were brought out of Egypt on that very day.  Passover was to remind the Israelites of the coming of Christ who would become the sacrificial Lamb.  After Jesus’ crucifixion, the Savior himself fulfilled the law.

 Gratitude and hope come to my mind when I think of Passover.  The hope of Jesus and the gratitude of His obedience to the cross that allowed us to be children of God, should cause me to glorify God in all my ways.  And yet, I find myself falling short everyday.  How do you glorify God?  What areas of your life find you struggling to glorify God?  Join me in prayer as we ask our Heavenly Father to deepen our walk with Him and help us to become more humble, less prideful, slow to anger, exhibiting a controlled tongue, extinguishing unbecoming thoughts, more selfless and a true servant as we share our Christian witness.



Heavenly Father, I am merely a sojourner.  I have no valid claim to Your glory.  Not that anyone does.  Even those who were ancestors of Jesus, or those who shared His bloodline have no legitimate claim on Your glory. When I think that You share the heirship of Jesus with all who truly believe in Him, it is truly astounding.  Many religions in the world have so many rules to follow and hoops to jump through before one can even be called a member of a local congregation, but that is why You focus on having a relationship with me, rather than push me to a religion.  It is the blood of Jesus Christ that makes the difference and allows me to be called Your child.  Just as the foreigners traveling with Moses in the exodus were allowed to participate in the feasts, which signified their inclusion in the congregation of the children of Israel, I too am included as Your child when I choose to obey and follow Your Son.  There are no words, Father, that could ever truly convey my gratitude for Your mercy and grace.  I am so thankful You know my heart, for nothing I could ever say, or do would be enough to show how much I love You and how very grateful I am for who You are and all You have sacrificed for me.

In Jesus’ name.




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