W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 05-12-2021
Read: Exodus – various passages below
“Remember…”, “Don’t forget…” Those are the things that we say to our children when something is important and needs to be kept in mind. The exodus of God’s people from slavery in Egypt to freedom and nationhood is one of the great, defining events of the Old Testament. God even commanded them to have an annual festival to remember and celebrate what God had done for them.
“You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your companies out of the land of Egypt: you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a perpetual ordinance.” – Exodus 12:17
“Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm;therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.” – De. 5:15
In addition to rejoicing in what God had done to liberate them, God explicitly implored them to be a voice for freedom and compassion in the world to others:
“You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien,
for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 23:9
“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you;
you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt:
I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:34
God delivered the covenant people from captivity in an extraordinary way and commanded an annual celebration (Passover). God implored them to be witnesses and a voice for justice and righteousness in the world. It goes back to their origins: to Abraham and Sarah – that God would bless them to be a blessing, so that all the nations of the world would be blessed through them. The greatest fulfillment of this promise is, of course, through Jesus Christ. That’s not all, God’s promise is also fulfilled through each of us. How have you been “blessed to be a blessing”?
As God’s people we recount God’s mighty acts in history, and God’s help in our past, and through the leading of the Holy Spirit we are to be a blessing to others.
Pastor Rob Nystrom