“It shall happen… according as he has promised….”
Believing God keeps his promises is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. We’ve often had others break their promises and been guilty of breaking them ourselves. However, God shouldn’t be measured by human standards. Whether we believe it or not, God does exactly as he says he will.
Moses reminds the Israelites in Exodus 12:25 “It shall happen… according as he has promised….” that God will bring them out of Egypt into a land of their own. The Passover celebration became the Israelites way of remembering that God kept his promise, not only to keep the firstborn among them safe, but also to bring them safely out of Egypt.
God’s promise to save the Israelites continued to echo through time, setting the scene for another important Passover sacrifice much later when Jesus was crucified. The sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, was God’s way of continuing to keep his promise to save all his creation. In this salvation God declares his promise to be with us, to care for us, until time’s end. As he has demonstrated from Exodus 3:1 to 10:29, we can believe God does what he says he will do.
As you read Exodus 11:1-12:42, try to remember a time in your life in which God did as he said he would do. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.
Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 11:1-12:42, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.
- In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to God doing what he says he’ll do.
- Create a collage of pictures showing your views on how what God has done in the past echoes in your own life as God continues to do as he says he will.
- Make some unleavened bread and share it with a friend. Discuss how God continues to do what he says he’ll do just as he did for the Israelites.
Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
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