Monday, February 1, 2016

On 2-7-16, Exodus 12:1-14 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Passover or Free at Last

Free at Last
Exodus 12:1-14
February 7, 2016

Jed Greenough

Commemorate.  When you commemorate someone or something you celebrate that person or thing, you make memorials, you recall and respect this.  That is the instruction albeit with details that God gave to Moses for Passover.  

Now normally when you commemorate someone you do so with it being your idea.  You might have a celebration every year in remembrance of a grandparent or another important family member who has passed on or you might be celebrating an event by commemorating it like an anniversary.  But when you are gone the celebration of recognition ceases.  God however said this commemoration of Passover was to be for generations to come not to cease with the ones he was about to save from slavery.

This is important why?

  1. Israel might become slaves again.
  2. Israel by forgetting would fall to other “gods”.
  3. Israel would forget God.

So by instituting this remembrance God was glorified but by giving Him the glory Israel was also protected.  

It can be almost certain based on human nature that not all followed the instructions given here and were not spared by the destroyer.  It is also most certain that among those who survived many did not continue to keep the Passover.

Some would come back to it just as some come back to any faith.  Some would keep it because they were raised to and others would not because they were not.

We as Christians do not need to keep the Passover but we should use it as an example for ourselves in the things that we should commemorate.  We should meet together, we should be faithful to baptism and communion.

We can encourage others to come back to their faith, we can raise up our families so that they will commemorate Him as well.  Failure to do so will lead to becoming lost just as it did for Israel.  Falling again to the slavery of sin, falling to other “gods”, forgetting God.

We can bring glory to God and save ourselves at the same time.

For Discussion:

  1. Can you relate this to Christians who say they don’t need to go to Church?
  2. Discuss other ideas for the importance of Israel keeping the Passover.
  3. Discuss the idea that many may have failed to keep even the very first Passover.
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
  5. Discuss how Israel was strengthened by remembering Passover.
  6. Discuss how Christians are strengthened by meeting together, celebrating baptisms and partaking in communion.

 Upcoming Lessons

2-14-16     Feast of Weeks or Bountiful Harvest Leviticus 23:15-22

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