The Passover was kept by the children of Israel in remembrance of the LORD's passing over the houses belonging to His people who applied the blood of a lamb on the doorposts. This annual celebration was to remind Israel of God's redemptive activity in their history. Nowhere in the Book of Judges is the Passover and its celebration mentioned. Noted Passover celebrations, however, occurred under the reigns of Hezekiah and Josiah as they experienced times of spiritual renewal.
Israel's return from exile made the Passover even more meaningful. Once again they returned from captivity/bondage to the land promised by the LORD to their forefathers. So, then, the Passover has always been a festive celebration of freedom and redemption.
What does this Passover event reveal about Israel? Festive dancing and general rejoicing characterize a revived people while despair characterize people living in bondage or captivity. Deliverance from sin and judgment should put a leap in one's step and a song in one's heart.
If your life is characterized by chronic and unexplained melancholy and despair you may need to experience spiritual revival. Reflecting on God's redemption of His people, the cost God paid to redeem His own (the death of the Innocent One on behalf of guilty and ruined sinners), revives a downcast soul.
The wisdom writer promised the healing power of a good word, "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word brings healing" (Proverbs 12:25). The Passover is the good word for the believer! Death has occurred. Not ours. But His. Resurrection has also occurred--promising those who believe that God has accepted Christ's substitutionary death on behalf of guilty sinners. Believers are free to rejoice!
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading: Psalm 118, 129, 148, 149, 150; Ezra 6:19-22; Zechariah 9
- (Psalm 118) What has captivity taught the children of Israel about God?
- (Psalm 129) What prevented the enemy from gaining victory over Israel?
- (Psalm 148-150) What characterizes a revived people?
- In what ways do the people express their praise?
- (Ezra 6:19-22) What do the people do that reveals their change of heart?
- What do they recognize about the Assyrian king's change of heart?
- (Zechariah 9) How are Damascus, Tyre, and Sidon described?
- What will God do to them that will cause the people of Gaza, Ekron, and Ashkelon to be afraid?
- What will happen to the remnant in those cities?
- What does God promise He will do for His people?
- What does He call the people of Jerusalem and what promises does He make regarding that city?
Is your life a life of praise to God? If not, ask the Lord to revive your heart once again.