The Vigil of the People
Verse 42b …on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.
Yesterday we talked about God’s vigil on the night of exodus and today we conclude our discussion on His providence by talking about how we are to keep our vigil as His people.
The exodus was a major event in the history of the Israelites. It is referred back to in nearly every recount of history throughout the rest of Scripture. This was a night they were to remember and celebrate. God had kept His word and His people were to honor Him through celebrating it year after year.
Remember we said the other day that the Jewish people are intentional about verbally passing on the history, they are also intentional about celebrating the various events in their history. While we as Americans celebrate things like the 4th of July, our holiday is more about the celebrating instead of what we are celebrating. Meaning that we tend to be more focused on making the day a party than we are about rehearsing why it is a day of celebrating. We don’t spend the day talking about the Declaration of Independence, who we were declaring independence from, the struggle that proceeded the writing of the article or even the signers of the document. Sadly we don’t often even think about what it means to be independent.
The exodus from Egypt was the Israelites day of independence. This was their day of becoming their own nation. This was a huge day in their history. And God wanted to make sure that they didn’t just take it for granted but that they would pass on the importance of the day to their children, grandchildren and down generation after generation. They were to speak of how God had promised this exit, how He ordered the details to set the stage for their leaving. They were to pass on how He had caused the Egyptians to beg them to leave and gave them all the things they asked for. They were to relate how God had managed to gather such a large number of people to walk out of the land of oppression.
We are also called to celebrate God’s liberating us from our bondage to sin. In His providence He sent His Son to come as a babe and grow to manhood in an earthly body, perfectly sinless, so that He could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins and rise again from the dead so we are not subject to the wrath due us. We too should be celebrating what God has done for us. We should be remembering how He has set us free.
Making It Personal
Do you celebrate God’s liberation work in your life? Do you tell others about His work in your life? Who can you tell today?
Making It Personal Kids
What is something that God has done for you? Do you celebrate that He did that? Have you ever told someone about what He has done for you?
Father, we celebrate Your work in our lives today. Thank You for all You do for us, especially freeing us from the bondage of sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.