“In the future, when your son asks you ‘What is this?’ You are to tell him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to release us, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of people to the firstborn of animals. That is why I am sacrificing to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb, but all my firstborn sons I redeem.’ It will be for a sign on your hand and for frontlets on your forehead, for with a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”
There’s a great many things that make me wish I was Jewish. The history, the culture, the deep roots in the scriptures, and the dedication to the Lord, to name a few.
And as I read through the story of the exodus, I’m reminded again of one of the major things that we as Christians have access to, which we tend to miss out on (or at least I do).
The signs and symbols that draw his people to remembrance are something that God instituted for a purpose. God knows exactly what will happen if we don’t remember the things that he has done.
In Judges 2 it says this:
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.
And you know, or can tell, where the story goes after that happens.
The people fail to listen the Lord, because they do not remember.
If someone were to sit and ask me right now, to tell them of the things that the Lord has done in my life, how many could I even remember?
The Jewish people celebrate festival after festival, their whole calendar was laid out so that they would never forget what the Lord their God had done for them.
The problem, for me at least, is that I don’t have to celebrate the festivals
I don’t have to redeem my firstborn, as God teaches the Israelites after the exodus
I don’t have to make burnt offering to the Lord
I don’t have to do pretty much any of those rituals that are so important to our Jewish brothers and sisters
I don’t have to take a Sabbath day either.
Here’s what I’m realizing:
I get to take a Sabbath
Jesus tells us that we were not made for the Sabbath, it was made for us
And I tend to mistake that for Jesus saying ‘You don’t have to bother with that old thing anymore’
Which isn’t at all what he was saying!
Of course I don’t have to do any of those things,
But I get to
So I ask myself, what will I do so that I never forget all that the Lord has done for me?
What times and days will I set to help me remember his faithfulness?
What will I put in place so that my children never stop asking me why?
So that I can tell of all the mighty works the Lord has done, and bring them up to know and fear God.
So I don’t forget his Loving-kindness,
that I might not sin against him.
I’ll seek to make that part of my daily routine, to remember, to write down, to change the way that I live, because of what he has done. So neither I nor my children turn aside to the left or to the right. May we always remember what he’s done for us.