Friday, July 15, 2005


God Spelled It Out

“In the days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’, say to him, ‘With a mighty hand, the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.’” Exodus 13:14

Every year, at the Passover feast, Seder, the story has been retold, kept alive. We were supposed to remember! “Yes, the picture of the doorposts splashed with blood”, the safety of the ones who slept in a real sense “covered by the blood”, protected from death, the eating of the roasted lamb, the readiness to go out into the wilderness, the miracle of crossing the Red Sea, the continual leading of the Lord by a pillar of fire at night, and a cloud in the daytime…” p. 61; Christianity is Jewish

For the Hebrew people, the faith was in the pointing forward to the Lamb. But for us? Why would the story be so important? This is a confirmation for us, looking back. It is a help to our witness to others. “Look! There can be no doubt!” God wants us to remember! God kept history alive by Word of mouth and finally, by the written Word. The understanding is for us too…looking back at Jesus, our Lamb, our Protector from sin and Death, our Mediator so we are truly able to come into God’s presence…how God actually dwells among believers so that we move when He moves, and we wait if God doesn’t move. We know we are His people, by experience, by the New Testament promises, Jesus’ Words and Life…but we can know even more deeply that God is good on His Promises, that the Promised Land is as real as the sacrificial Lamb…We will see the restoration of Heaven and Earth, and our bodies; we will see each other in a “beautiful beyond belief” New Earth.

“God has been fair with us to leave more than the works of His Hands through which to find out about Him.” “….All this He has verbalized for us, because we are verbalizing Creatures…because we have been given minds with which to reason and understand.” (Schaeffer; p. 61)

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