The Passover Seder meal is one of the holiest nights in the Jewish year. It is on this night the Jewish people remember the night God led them out of slavery in Egypt and towards the Promised Land. On that night they ate a meal with unleavened bread in haste because they needed to leave quickly. They also painted lamb’s blood on their doorposts as markings to denote them as God’s people and thereby to be passed over by the angel of death.
The Israelites were God’s chosen people. They were not a might military force. They were not rich economically. They were a small group of people who became nomads. They trusted God with everything, down to their daily bread. It was a struggle at times but they kept following wherever God led them.
While God went through Egypt one night punishing those who consistently rejected Him and would not repent, the Israelites were passed over and protected. They trusted in God to lead them out of slavery into freedom.
Their journey through the Wilderness towards the Promised Land did have its own hitches along the way. They struggled at times in their trust in God. At times they wished for the “good days” in Egypt, the days they were enslaved and mistreated. They whined to Moses their leader about God.
Despite their lack of trust at times God remained with them leading them to the land He promised them since the days of Abraham their forefather. They repented and returned to trusting God with their whole hearts.
We have been passed over as well in our own lives. During this season of Lent we reflect on the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We begin to understand the sacrifice He made on our behalf to save us from our sins. God’s wrath passes over us and is placed on the innocent sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We therefore receive God’s grace and mercy and are set free from the bondage of sin, death and the devil.
Whatever burdens you carry. Whatever pain you bear. Whatever fear you carry, do not be dismayed. God is with you. You are not alone.
Being passed over by God is not being ignored by Him. Instead we have been passed over from receiving the wrath of God and eternally being separated from Him. Now we have been redeemed, saved by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, so that we can be reunited with God.
Our response is one of joy and gratitude. We have new life as the Israelites had new life when they settled into the Promised Land. There will still be struggles but we remember we are not alone. God remains by our side journeying with each every day. From this we remain resolved to serve and share Him in our lives.
This Week’s Challenge:
Take time this week to give your thanks to God for being passed over and saved from your sins. How can you show your gratitude for all that God has done for you?