Today we continued our study of the Book of Exodus with a focus on Exodus 11:1-13:16. These chapters describe how God arranges for the deliverance of His people from Egyptian captivity and the illustration of how He will arrange for the spiritual deliverance of all people.
Much has been preached, taught, and written about the foreshadowing of Christ in the first Passover – how the unblemished male lamb, described in Exodus 12, points to Christ as the spotless Lamb of God Who was sacrificed in payment for our sin debt – a debt that we could not pay. We rightfully praise God for this demonstration of His amazing grace. But I wonder how often we hear and read about another important aspect of God’s plan of redemption.
When we look carefully at the detailed instructions that God gives to the Israelites concerning leaven, we’ll see something that is very important to God. He instructs them to remove all leaven from their homes at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which started at the beginning of 15 Nisan and ended at the end of 21 Nisan (a period of one week). We know that leaven is a symbol of sin. So what is God telling us? In effect, He’s saying that the least we can do to honor His sacrifice on our behalf is to remove sin from our lives. He knows we can’t be perfectly sinless, but He expects us to make the effort to please Him with what we think, say, and do. “as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16
Please note that next Sunday, Sept. 24, we will be led by Willie Hart as we continue our study of the Book of Exodus with a focus on Exodus 13:17-15:21. Here we see how God miraculously intervened in protection of His people in the face of Pharaoh’s powerful army because He had plans for His people.
We were so blessed at our class fellowship event today by our guest speaker, Patricia Holbrook as she shared practical applications from Psalm 42. As is so often the case, Dr. Stanley’s message today on trials was reinforced by Patricia’s remarks – Praise God!