“And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.
It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.”
Exodus 13:3, 9-10 NKJV
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
I Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV
There are times when I try and think back and pick out the things that people have done for me that have had a profound effect on my life. As I seek to remember, I think of all the details. When I look at my life now, I see the one thing that has changed my life here and now and has changed my future.
In a garden thousands of years ago, a pair of new people, naked and unashamed, fell into disobedience and sinned, bring iniquity into the world. Before that day, God had determined that He Himself would pay for that sin, even before it occured. In another Garden, Jesus, God veiled in human flesh, laid aside His will to do the will of the Father. He determined to pay for the sins of multitudes who would follow, including a wretch like me.
I don’t think the children of Israel had any idea of the signifiicance of what they were doing, or knew the reality that it was a foreshadowing of a far greater deliverance to come.
They only knew that they were being delivered from Egypt, that the trouble that they had endured for some four hundred years was coming to an end. They knew nothing of types and foreshadows.
They were given a way to remember the great work of loving God who delivered them by His grace. As one reads further in the book of Exodus and beyond, one sees that they are so quick to forget, so quick to reject the blessings of God and complain. I see myself in that.
I am glad the Lord has provided the Old Testament as an example for New Testament believers. It gives us a foundation to build on, and a constant remembrance of His great works.
I am one who needs reminders. So many times I have moaned when things didn’t go my way, or God failed to cede to my demands. Then there was the backbiting of the people God sent to help me. I easily forget the faithfulness of God who delivered me from my own Egypt called sin.
This year, I hope to keep the blesssings that God has done in my life in the forefront of my mind. I hope to remember Jesus taking that cup and breaking the bread, as He had one last supper with disciples, before going to cross to die for the sins of the world.
Brothers and sisters, let us remember the great work that Jesus did for us, how our Creator King, God in the flesh, died for His creation.
How Jesus was buried and rose again. This year, as any other year will be filled with trials, troubles, blessings and curses. There will be times of quietness where we have the time to dwell on Him, and other times when we will be busy, and overlook the blessings of God. We must remember and speak of the great things He has done.
“Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.”
Psalms 145:6-10 NKJV
The depth of my affliction is a constant memorial to my God, who has delivered me time and time again, and has squeezed His divine purposes out of this dying shell. I know that He is a glorious God, loving and full of mercy.
May we remember to go and tell others of the great work that God did yeaterday, of the great work He is doing today, and of the promise He has for tomorrow. May it be clear to all we encounter that we are the followers of a faithful God. May love go before us, showing the way to Jesus.
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