After the Passover experience, God initiated a constant remembrance with an annual week of unleavened bread (leaven representing sin, unleavened representing holiness) and a final celebration. In addition, He reminded His people that the firstborn male belonged to Him. The firstborn son was to be ‘redeemed’ (bought back) from the Lord with a sacrifice. All of this spoke ahead of time about God’s ultimate redemption provided by His own Son Jesus who paid the penalty for sin, once for all.
“After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.” Exodus 13:11-13 NASB
What has God redeemed in my life? What have I committed to Him? How have I been faithful or lacked faithfulness?
God as this day begins- I am thinking about a friend in the hospital. I pray my visit will be uplifting. As I prepare to preach tomorrow, please guide my thoughts so that I might present the Bible in a compelling and edifying manner. Please guide my day moment by moment.