Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation. (Exodus 12:17, NLT)
Holy Week presents the opportunity to reflect on God's grace.
This is a sacred time that can be used to intensely worship and thank God for deliverance from oppressive forces.
In Exodus 12, God provides detailed instructions on how each household is to offer and consume a sacrificial lamb to be eaten along with unleavened bread.
The blood of each sacrifice, smeared on doorposts, would then be used as a protective barrier against death and destruction.
The very night that the sacrifice was made, Pharaoh forced the Israelites out of Egypt.
In subsequent chapters, Moses and Aaron led the Israelites out of bondage and into the wilderness. But before leaving Egypt, they took with them, unleavened bread. Thus, one way in which to celebrate Passover is to refrain from eating leavened bread during Holy Week.
Passover is such a symbolic event.
- God's protection of His people (Ex. 12:12-13)
- Reevaluation of associations (Ex. 12:31-33),
- Generational obedience to God (Ex. 12:14),
- Redemption (Ex. 12:17), and
- The results of obedience (Ex. 12:50).
During Passover Celebration, thank God for releasing you from bondage, whether you are bound to unhealthy relationships, addictions, limited mindsets, or anything that prevents you from entering into God's promise for your life.
Throughout the week, pray that you adopt the mindset and ambitions of God and allow Him to guide you through the remainder of the year as a conqueror.
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