January 7, 2013

January 7 – Exodus 12:14-20

We spend time this week preparing to share the bread and cup—the Lord’s Supper—this coming Sunday. Exodus 12 recounts the preparations God required of the Israelites as they made ready to leave Egypt. The first Feast of Unleavened Bread and the first Passover are described here. Why unleavened bread? Because they were to be ready to leave in a hurry, therefore they were to waste no time waiting for the bread to rise. Why the Passover? In its original setting, the blood marking the door of an Israelite family served as protection when God judged the land of Egypt.

In later celebrations, the Passover meal served as a reminder of God’s gracious protection during the time of the Exodus. For us, the Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder of God’s gracious act of salvation in Christ when the Lord suffered on the cross.