Not Coming Back Here

We are reaching the dramatic climax of the plagues in Egypt. Today, we will look into Exodus 12. Exodus 12:10-11 says, “You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.”

God is talking to Moses and Aaron, giving them preparation instructions for this last plague. This is going to be what God uses to deliver Israel from their bondage in Egypt. The verses are speaking of how they are to prepare the Passover lamb. Not leaving any of it until the morning and eating it fully dressed indicates two things. Tonight was going was to be the night of their deliverance, and so they needed to be ready. Second, they weren’t coming back here.

This story gives us a beautiful picture of a believer’s story of salvation. The Passover was God’s plan, just as saving a sinner from their sin. God provided the sacrifice. This would tie us back to the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22. But it also points us to the fact that God already had a plan on how to accomplish the redemption of His people from their sin. The third point is that there was only one way for the Hebrews to be saved. This points us again to the exclusivity of God saving sinners by His grace through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. This story also shows us our responsibility to respond to God’s invitation. God told the Hebrews how to be spared from the judgment, but also how to act once they had been spared. This pictures a believer repenting of their sin, and turning in faith and trusting in God every day. To come to Jesus in faith means that we turn our back fully on our sin. We no longer seek ways to fulfill our sinful flesh, but rather we seek to live for and please our Lord. Paul would write in Romans 6 that we are either slaves to our sin or we are slaves to Jesus. The way to tell who we belong to is by looking at how we are living. Does our life reveal that we have bowed and that we are continuing to bow before King Jesus? Maybe today, we need to pause and examine our lives. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:5 that we should examine ourselves and see if we are in the faith.

If there is a way that I or Westlake Baptist Church can help you, I sincerely hope you will take a moment and reach out to us. If we can pray for you or help you in anyway, please contact us at westlakebc@gmail.com. May we examine our lives constantly, and be found faithful to King Jesus in all that we do.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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