Passover begins Monday, April 10 at sun down and thus begins an 8-day celebration of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. In the last of 10 plagues, the Lord destroyed the firstborns of all people and animals besides those who put the blood of an unblemished male lamb in their doorpost. The Israelites were able to leave Egypt and begin their journey from slaves to free men. (Click here to read more about the story of Passover.)
It’s obvious why Jewish people would celebrate Passover and their deliverance from their captor, but should non-Jewish believers care about Passover too?
In Romans 9, Paul discusses the Gentile acceptance into Israel’s inheritance and designation as the people of God, citing Hosea 2.
As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
His Mercy is Abounding
The Lord seeks to have mercy on those who pursue him. Paul tells us that it is not based on human effort or desire that God chooses to have mercy, but on His mercy alone. Then he cites an interaction with Pharaoh before the exodus.
“For Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.”
This is good news for those who follow Him. The Lord was using Pharaoh’s hardness of heart to show His glory and free His people.
Times of Deliverance
We see Him do this time and time again throughout Scripture. In Habakkuk, we see God raise up Babylon to achieve his purpose. We see this happen when God allows Judas betray Jesus and when people cry for His death. God will use all things, even the most evil for His glory and often for our deliverance.