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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stop Memory Loss!

"Commemorate this day . . . in the days to come, when your son asks you, 'What does this
mean?' say to him 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery." (Exodus 13:3,14)

People are prone to forget what God has done in the past and forgetfulness of God's past activity leads to spiritual declension. Commemorating the Passover with a feast year after year would give succeeding generations the opportunity to tell the story of redemption to following generations.

They were commanded to tell the story of God's deliverance for at least two reasons:
  1. They were to tell the story annually to remember God's deliverance. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had entered human history, acted in mighty power, and had rescued His people from the bondage of Egypt.
  2. This story demonstrates to the children of Israel in every generation that they need God's deliverance. The shedding of blood reminds Israel that sins must be atoned and that the shedding of the blood of the innocent provides that atonement.
The truth of this statement is obvious as Israel went through seasons of spiritual declension and upon their return they re-instituted the Passover. The Passover commemoration was God's way of keeping the story alive by preventing memory loss and providing a teaching tool for future generations.

What commemorations does the New Testament give to believers? How do they assist us in teaching our children about God?
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Exodus 13:1-15:27
  • What does God do to let the Israelites know that He "has their back"?
  • How do the Israelites respond to the approaching Egyptians?
  • What does the writer of Hebrews promise the believer (13:5)?
  • How does God route the Egyptian army? What does this song teach you about God?
  • What has God communicated about Himself to the Israelites?
  • What has the news of God's deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptians done to those living in Canaan?
  • What was Miriam's role in Israel? What does this tell you about family member and sevice to the LORD?
  • How does God test the faith of the Israelites?
  • What does this testing reveal about the Israelites?
Turning truth into prayer:
Knowing the stories help you remember God's activity in the past. Ask the Lord to help the stories and the truths found therein to sink down deeper into your heart and mind.