Day 1: Remembering Redemption
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Deuteronomy 5:15
One theme of the book of Deuteronomy is the call to remember, in fact, to be careful to remember, and to be careful not to forget. Our Lord knows our human predisposition toward the novel and away from our hard-earned lessons in the past, so he instituted a number of observances to rehearse and ingrain important spiritual concepts that he wanted to penetrate the hearts and minds of his people. Additionally, these rituals were rich with hints of the coming redemption—one that would far surpass even the dramatic rescue of his people from Egyptian captivity.
Of course, the Passover meal was one such observance, and as we can well see, it was intended to be practiced perpetually so that its meaning would take root from generation to generation. From the very beginning, this observance would form the foundation of their identity as the people of God. As they yearly relived the memorial of what God had done to redeem them, it would keep that sense of their distinction as God’s chosen people intact, and pass it on to the next generation.
It has been common for rabbis over the centuries to encourage their congregants to personalize the observance so it would be more than mere ritual, saying, “In every generation let each man look on himself as though he himself came out of Egypt.” They wanted their people to realize that God did not merely redeem in history, but redeems them today, just as much. So, as we go through our own remembrance of our redemption, let us not do so merely as those gaining more knowledge on the topic, rather let us ask the Holy Spirit to personalize the insights he brings to us in order that we may experience our own redemption in fresh ways.
• How’s your memory?
• Think about the lessons in your own life. How well do they stick?
• Are they transforming?
• What things have you done to aid you in retaining insight?
Lord, as we begin this journey to remember our redemption, please open
our eyes to see Jesus Christ in new ways, and to experience more deeply
the wonders of your work of redemption in our lives. Forgive us if we
have gotten a been-there-done-that attitude about so great a salvation.
Grip our hearts once again with wonder at what you have done.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries