Passover-Easter Connections Day 2

What does it take for God to get your attention? How does God speak to you? Sometimes it may take something like plagues-

“And that night at midnight, the LORD struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed.

Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the LORD as you have requested.” [Exodus 12:30-31]

or maybe silence-

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind.

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.” [1 Kings 19:11-12]

what about overwhelming grace?

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” [Romans 5:8-11]

Both Easter and Passover celebrate the saving of God’s people- Passover by leaving Egypt, Easter by the redemptive work of Jesus’ death & resurrection that saves all believers from Judgement. After the Hebrews were led out of Egypt, there were tough times but they received God’s guidance by the pillar of smoke, 10 Commandments, etc. After Christians, Christ believers, leave their former state of unbelief, they receive God’s guidance through prayer and the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Hebrews were eventually led into the literal Promised Land. Christians believe that Jesus Christ, Messiah, will lead us into the heavenly Promised Land.

 “But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 6:22-23]

“But—”When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” [Titus 3:4-7]

Let us approach this week of holy-ness with reverence and reflection, perhaps with a bit of awe in response to what God has done for the Hebrews out of Egypt and for all who accept Jesus sacrifice. Let us also consider what God is doing within us, individually and collectively, now and where He leads us into the future.

One of my favorite parts of the Seder is a sort of poem/song where the response is ‘it would have been enough of us’ or ‘dayenu’:


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