“It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the LORD, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.”Exodus 12:42 (NKJV)
The day had finally arrived to leave Egypt. With a mighty hand and outstretched arm, God was now delivering His people from Pharaoh’s strong-armed oppression. The event would be forever commemorated through the Passover feast. This was to be a night of solemn observation for all their generations. Since they were leaving the bondage of Egypt, why was it a night of “solemn observation”. Why not just have a big bon voyage party?
I see three reasons. First, it truly was a solemn time for the Egyptians, who on that night lost all their firstborn sons and the firstborn of their flocks and herds. Would it have been appropriate for the Hebrews to be rejoicing while the Egyptians were weeping? Second, this first Passover was a prototype of things to come. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God would be sacrificed to take away the sins of the world. It was right to have a “solemn assembly” in light of what was going to occur. Third, not just anybody could celebrate this Passover feast. Only those people whose males were circumcised could eat the lamb. Under the New Covenant, only those who have had their hearts circumcised by turning from their sins and believing in Jesus Christ can partake in His deliverance.
As we consider our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, we know that it is through the cross that we are saved from the bondage of sin and death. We celebrate this each time we partake of communion. Have you received Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Then take a moment today to thank God for His indescribable gift in redeeming your life for eternity!
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