Focal Passages: Exodus 3:7-10; 12:12-13, 29-31; 14:5-6, 13-14, 21, 26
As a young man I first heard the hymn that asks, “Does Jesus Care?” The chorus responds, “Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief.” What a comfort to know that God not only knows our situations, but He also showers us with lovingkindness. However, God has not comforted us to be mere spectators; He will use us in this midst of trials to bring glory to Himself. Imagine Moses’ surprise at the burning bush when God declared, “I will send you to Pharaoh.” Are you ready to be used as part of God’s comfort to His people?
Passover sacrifices were an act of faith foreshadowing God’s sacrifice of Jesus for the salvation of His people, by grace through faith.
As Jesus prepared to die on the cross, He taught His disciples that the Passover meant much more than ancient deliverance from Egyptian slavery. He would be “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). God’s holiness and justice demand judgment on sin. His grace placed that judgment on His Son: “He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Have you celebrated God’s grace in your life lately?
Some charismatic groups claim to have cornered the market on “deliverance ministry.” Such ministries typically focus on deliverance from a variety of immediate threats, such as drugs, alcohol or pornography.
While everyone should desire freedom from individual sins, we must focus on God’s overarching deliverance from sin and death. This deliverance frees us from the clutches of all the lesser traps of life. God delivered the children of Israel from slavery and unto the Promised Land. As Christians we have been delivered from sin and unto righteousness.
Only disobedience can cause us to die in the wilderness outside the center of God’s will. Where are you?