Passover Meditation #4

We are to see ourselves redeemed at Passover. As the Haggadah reads:

“In every generation a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt, as it is said: “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying: ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came forth out of Egypt’” (Ex. 13:8).

From generation to generation, and from year to year, we are to never lose the memory of bondage, we are to remember, and share our testimony.

In the Torah, the Lord issues commands based upon the reminder of enslavement and stranger status thirty-six times; as an example, we read in Leviticus 19:33-34, “If an outsider dwells with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong. The outsider dwelling among you shall be to you as the native-born among you. You shall love him as yourself – for you dwelled as outsiders in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

Seeing ourselves in the Passover, and at the Table of Messiah, keeps His work, His grace, and His mercy always before us. That ever-present reminder will, necessarily, change how we view ourselves, as well as, how we view and interact with our neighbor, stranger, and enemy in our midst.

This reminder, living memory, humbles. Our freedom does not become a point of boasting in our greatness, and thus an occasion for the flesh (Gal. 5:13); but rather, a boasting in the Lord, as Paul writes, “that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” (I Cor. 1:31).

Be well. Shalom.

Passover Meditation #1

Plagues. The idea of plague is no longer distant, unfamiliar, the memory of older relatives or neighbors. It is familiar. The fear. The uncertainty. The affliction. The anxiety. Death. It’s all too real.

While the plagues of Exodus were judgments upon the nation of Egypt due to pharaoh’s hardness, the words translated plague(s), meaning “to push” or “to touch” by the hand or power of God, however, also prepared hearts to open, and ears to hear.

Few of us have escaped the experience of personal or community tribulation. During distress our ears are open. Our senses are on alert. We want to know. We want news, information, or warning. We are listening for rescue, even when anticipating the unexpected.

As in Egypt 3000 years ago, in the midst of this global pandemic, with the uncertainty facing so many, we are learning to look to heaven in a more expectant way, and depend on the faithfulness of the One who is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Messiah said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear (Matt. 11:15; cf. Deut. 29:4). To have ears to hear, biblically, was to have a heart ready to act on the word received. Yeshua is saying there is a difference between having ears, and having ears ready to hear.

As we deepen faith in Messiah, He opens our hearts and ears to hear Him, trust Him, and follow Him, out from the plague, to freedom (Gal. 5:1).

Be well. Shalom.