The First Passover Instituted1
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.”
Reproving Another Who Sins
“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
There is plenty of bad news for anyone who wants it. We could list problems in the world 24 hours a day 365 days a year and we still could never keep up with all of them. We must never forget that it is our job to bring good news into the world. We are witnesses of the God who works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
We are the light-bearers. We did not make the light, but we can see it and we can reflect it and carry it into the darkness. The light does not simply outweigh the darkness, nor does it erase the effects of it. Instead, it is as if time stops for a moment, and the author of our lives decides to end one story and begin the next. There will be tie-ins to be sure, but as the light enters into the darkness, the first words heard are “It is finished.”
These are not the last words of our God, they are the first words – for only in Him can [the first be last and the last be first(https://biblia.com/bible/nlt/Matthew25)
The next words are, “Come and see.”
Our hope is an end of this way and the beginning of a new one, an end of this life and a means to be born again.
Where do you see hope?
How are you being a witness and sharing that hope?
- (Num 9:1–14; Deut 16:1–8; Ezek 45:21–25) ↩