New Beginnings

'And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff
in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord ’s Passover. ‘For I will pass through the
land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and
beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord . Now the blood
shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over
you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. ‘So this
day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your
generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. '

Exodus 12:11-14

A new life was about to begin for Israel. God even commanded that the Calendar should change for the nation. Something so big was about to unfold that the people should and would recognize it as a new beginning. It was a day when they escaped death because the blood of an atoning sacrifice was placed on the door of their homes.

This would be a day that would be recognized as a day set apart and holy. Unleavened bread was removed from homes entirely. They would only consume bread that was unleavened for 7 days to remind them of the purity and consecrated life God called them into when the death angel passed over their home.

This began a tradition from generation to generation in Israel. However, like Christmas or Easter the tradition can lose it's intention. A festival can become perverted when the cause is taken out of the ingredients. This was a time intended for holiness and purity. The nation was called to be a holy people unto God that He might display His love and power among the nations. It didn't matter how small or different they were among the nations, they belonged to God. They were a special and called out people.

We are called to the same peculiar holy life. The angel of death has "passed over" our life because of the blood that has been applied to the doorposts of our heart. The significance is just as powerful today as it was for Israel. We should tell the story (testimony) of how God applied the blood of His Son over our home. Yet, the power of this event wasn't about what God was saving Israel from but what He was calling them into as a nation. A holy and peculiar people that were consecrated to God. They would be His people and He would be their God.

Today, how much more have we been called to a holy and consecrated life through His own son? If the blood of bulls and goats spoke such a powerful word then how greater is the message of God's son! Our freedom has been free for us at God's great expense. The cost of discipleship is a holy life unto the one that has delivered us from our taskmasters. May the God of all grace keep us pure and our hearts respond with more from a thankful and grateful heart.

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