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I’m writing you from inside my house with my family and some friends. We’re all gathered together to have a very specific meal that Moses demanded all Israelites to eat.
You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Many of us are scared about how certain events will unfold, while others––like myself––are excited to leave Egypt.
Every time Moses proclaimed a judgment on Egypt, it happened according to his word, 9 plagues in total (I wrote about that here). A few days ago Moses approached my grandfather and the other elders of the Israelites and gave them specific instructions on the events that would transpire tonight. Moses said, “Israel is God’s firstborn son, and He is tired of seeing Pharaoh abuse and mistreat you. God is the one who holds Israel’s destiny in His hand, not Pharaoh.”
Moses continued, “On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household… keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. Take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD” (Exodus 12:3-12).
So here we are, family and friends, stuffed into our house eating lamb, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread. I’m not a fan of unleavened bread, but there hasn’t been any time to let the yeast rise. All of the men have their robes tucked into their belts, their sandals strapped to their feet, and their staff in their hand. Moses told us to be ready to move because tonight Pharaoh is going to force us out of Egypt and we’ll have no time to waste. It’s pretty quiet outside, occasionally we hear the wind blowing through the street.
My mother is very anxious, wondering if the sign of the blood on the doorposts and lintel will actually work. She’s worried about me because I’m her firstborn son. I had to remind her that everything Moses has said so far has been true, so why would he lie now?
I have to say, I’ve come a long way with Moses. I was really upset with him when he caused Pharaoh to give us more backbreaking work. However, his genuine faith in the Lord has really impacted my life. I truly believe the hand of God is at work in Moses as he challenges Pharaoh and his gods. All night my grandfather has been saying to me, “I told you so!” I believe our God has come to rescue us.
Even though I consider myself a realist, I am very optimistic and hopeful about tonight. I believe our God will free us from the bondage we’ve endured for hundreds of years. Tonight we will go from servitude to freedom because our God has big plans for us Israelites. Tonight is the Lord’s Passover, and any moment now we’ll be free!