Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 17 - Anticipation

Hebrews 11:28, Exodus 12:1-30

Have you ever anticipated anything? Last night, we told the kids they were to eat their dinner quickly because we were going to take them to go see a movie they have been waiting to see. Usually, dinner in our house includes a lot of conversation and laughter and two of my children linger at the table because they eat slowly. I was amazed; they ate their meal in about ten minutes with very little goofing off because they knew that we were going to tell them very soon that it was time to go. When we needed to leave for the theater, they were ready to go. This reminded me of the way the Israelites were instructed to eat the Passover.

Hebrews 11:28 says, “By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.” Reading in Exodus 12, we can see that God gave the Israelites several instructions for the Passover that included killing a lamb for each household and sprinkling the blood on their doorframes. They were then to eat the lamb prepared with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. There are many symbolic things in the Passover meal, but some that I will focus on involved a statement of faith. The bitter herbs were a representation of the bitterness they experienced as slaves and the blood was their salvation from the killer of the firstborn (also a representation of Christ’s blood). They had to have faith that God would honor his promise not to harm anyone with the lamb’s blood on the doorframe. Exodus 12:11 says, “This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s Passover.” The bread was prepared without leavening because they could bake it immediately and not wait for it to rise, and they were to eat the meal quickly with their clothes worn ready for travel so they could be ready to leave when God said. They had to have faith that God was going to send them out of Egypt that night.

Shouldn’t we be preparing ourselves spiritually to be ready at a moment’s notice? We don’t know God’s timing and when He will move us on to something new. Yesterday, I talked about building up spiritual disciplines, and being ready is the result of following spiritual disciplines. God may have shown you a plan He has for you, but you may need to take steps to prepare. Preparation for God’s plans takes a leap of faith because you have to trust that what He revealed to you will happen.

Has God shown you something you are waiting for with great anticipation? Are you preparing for the day when God says it is time?

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