Redemption by the powerful hand of God- Exodus 13:1-16

Exodus 13:3b, 9c, 14c, 16b “with a powerful hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.”

Moses repeated the instructions of God that every year the people were to celebrate deliverance from Egypt. It is celebrated beginning the day after Passover with a holy assembly on deliverance day and continuing for seven days.  For 3,463 years the Jews have celebrated this Feast of Unleavened Bread. By comparison the U.S. has been celebrating Independence Day only 241 years [1976-2017].

Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.” A

The passage is clear in the [1] day to be celebrated, [2] the reason was deliverance from slavery in Egypt, and [3] how–by a powerful hand of the Lord. This last phrase occurs 4 times in this chapter as noted above. The Lord had said before it occurred “The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.”  B  The feast is to be constant reminder to the Israelites and us of His powerful hand. Jeremiah said,  “You made the heavens and the earth by Your great power…! Nothing is too difficult for You,” C and the angel said to Mary, For nothing will be impossible with God.” D

While as Disciples we don’t celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread every year, a focus on God’s glory is good. Just like Israel, we have been redeemed by the powerful hand of the Lord. And just like Israel celebrates their deliverance on an annual basis, we should remember the cross and our salvation on a daily basis.

Take some time today to call out to the Lord in thanksgiving for His great gift of salvation–costly to Him, but free to us! His powerful hand is also available to all Disciples who abide in Jesus. E

Thank You Jesus for gift of salvation for me. Help me to abide in You every day.

Notes: A- Exodus 13:3; B- Exodus 7:5; C- Jeremiah 32:17; D- Luke 1:37; E- John 15:5-10 ;

Henry Luke 9/21/2017

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