Sunday, April 24, 2005

Happy Passover...

Passover, that great commemoration of a people's liberation, incorporates various messages:

  • That God uses the most unlikely people to create change. Moses had murdered a man, which was why he had been exiled, but God used him to lead his people. (Exodus 3:10)
  • That God brings us through apparently impossible situations, even while the world around us seems to be falling apart.
  • That God uses all kinds of people and situations to bring us closer. Not only were Moses and Aaron imploring the pharoah to let the people go, but even some of the pharoah's officials "feared the word of the Lord" (Exodus 9:20) and did as Moses proclaimed!
  • That we do not know what is in other people's hearts, that people often don't know what they themselves are feeling. Pharoah flip flopped regarding whether to let the Hebrews go, numerous times, before finally doing so. He then regretted doing that, and sent his army after the people. (Exodus 14:5-6)
  • That God wants freedom from oppression for peple from all nations. The Hebrews were not the only ones who left in the Exodus--they were joined by others, who were presumably also sick of being enslaved. (Exodus 12:37-38)

Just a few stray thoughts for Passover.

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