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?
Absolutely! The unblemished lamb is a foreshadowing of our Messiah Jesus’s death of the cross over a thousand years later. And the message of deliverance is transcendent. (Click here to read a story of deliverance from Food for the Hungry’s field.)
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.
And we see Him do this today. Bringing young girls who are victims of the sex trade out of it. Bringing the poor who are held in bondage by their poverty learn new skills and trades and find ways to break that bondage. By meeting the needs of those held captive by drought and famine. (Click to read)
Even though you and I may not be Jewish, all believers have experienced deliverance from bondage through the Lord. We are free from the captivity of sin through Christ Jesus.
Because of this, Passover is important for us, too. The Lord has saved. Praised the Unblemished Lamb who has made a way for us to connect with our Holy Father.
In honor of Passover, consider helping girls in India escape a life of prostitution by contributing to the construction fund for House of Palms. Click here to find out more and to donate.