From Lynda Lindsey
Moses to the people: Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. Exodus 13:3(a)
And when the Lord brings you into the land...a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. Exodus 13:5
You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. Exodus 13:8-9
Celebrations give opportunities to reminisce, to reflect on the past and share what we’ve seen, known or experienced. Telling and retelling stories reinforces family values and keeps family history alive. Young children often believe they were present simply because they’ve heard the beloved stories so often. Remembering and reflecting on God’s goodness to us, and sharing it with others not only glorifies and honors God, but helps us remember that God is for us and will always act on our behalf.
Moses instructed the Hebrews to be rememberers, to always keep in mind that they were brought out of slavery by God’s strong hand and that they will enter the Promised land by His same strong hand. Consecrating their firstborn, animal and human, and celebrating the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread served as reminders: they were God’s firstborn children, chosen and set apart for His special purpose; their firstborns were saved from death as God passed over their blood marked houses. Always be mindful that God protects and saves. God redeems.
God redeems His sons and daughters. God brings us out of slavery into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of pestilence into spiritual health, out of death into life. His applied blood saves. This we remember! This we celebrate! For this we praise God with our hands, eyes, mouth, indeed with our whole being. Remember all God’s mighty acts and deeds; love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Live to the glory of God. What He asks, do; what He says, embrace. Be a rememberer of His great deliverance; shout aloud His praise! Who knows, perhaps our faith story will prompt someone to reach for God’s strong hand and come out of Egypt?