Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Exodus 11-13

The Exodus story is filled with inferences of the Christ and the Christian life.  The death of the firstborn is a precursor of the death of Christ.  The blood on the doorposts represents Christ's shed blood for us that we who are born into new life in the moment that we accept Christ Jesus as our Savior and Lord are marked by his sacrifice, the perfect lamb.  Death holds no power over us.  We must be careful not to allow the world and the culture around us to harden our hearts......we must be ready with bowed knee and confessing tongue to acknowledge that we are the people of God.

Egypt is a foreign land, an alien culture.  Either we belong to the world or we belong to God.  Deciding who we belong to us eternal consequences.  But having chosen we must live the choice.  the music we listen to, the movies we watch, our choices in terms of lifestyle and pocketbook speak about whose we are.  Egypt chose death, Israel chose life.....what do you choose each day by the way you live?

God's chosen people were commanded to remember the day of their deliverance (passover) and celebrate it and tell the story from generation to generation.  What has God done for you?  How do you celebrate it?  Do you tell the story (witness) to God's goodness in you life.  Let those who have eyes to see and ears to hear tell the awesome stories of God's presence in and among us and of his good works.

70 entered into the land of Goshen at Pharaoh's welcome.  430 years later 600,000 men plus women and children left.  (some estimate as many as 2 million Israelites)  God kept his promise to Abraham, he had become a mighty nation. 

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