God absolutely knew what he was doing from the start. The time table was set. It was like doing a restart on your computer or a reset on your phone to get a fresh start. That’s what God envisioned for his people. God knew there would be the firstborn plague. He timed it perfectly. Just when we were wondering why. He was setting them apart for his own purpose.
I’m not sure when Moses and Aaron got this message, but it doesn’t sound like it was at the same time Moses brought the news of the plague to Pharaoh. The Israelites needed to be made aware of how God’s plan involved them. There was some prepping to do.
There are some details here that are very important to remember and commemorate, and other details that should be set aside so they don’t mask the beauty of this moment. God was creating a memory to last forever. He wanted his people to have this remembrance. God was acting in a mighty way, and having this story to share would help the generations to follow to understand the awesomeness of God.
The instructions are very clear and concise. There should be no question about what should be done. It will be important that the Israelites adhere to the plan and not deviate. The penalty for that would be death. So far, at least, they don’t know why they have their sandals on and walking sticks in hand. But their response to Moses says it all. “When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped.”
I can’t say I’ve ever bowed down to the ground in worship. I tend to be more open to the sky in my times of worship. I may have my eyes closed, but my arms are raised high. We have so much to be thankful for each day. Our response to God should always be thanksgiving and praise!
While my tradition doesn’t necessarily celebrate the Passover, it has always been a part of the Easter week remembrance. Learning more and more about the Seder meal has always been fascinating to me. Our Lord and Savior had his final meal with his friends during the Passover remembrance. It so much more than a “tradition.” Next year, I’d like to do more to experience this with my community.
If you are intrigued at all by dates and the connection between Easter and Passover, you’ll enjoy this article HERE. Suffice it to say, if God felt it was important to remember, I want to remember, too.
Let’s pray. Lord, I want to always remember you and commemorate your great acts among us. You are still in the business of miracles. Help me to open my eyes to see. I know you are working in our midst. It gives me goosebumps when I see your hand at work in my life. I want the world to know you like I do. And, I want to go deeper with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.