2019-3-30

Exodus 12:1-51

The final plague: the death of the first-born. This time, Pharaoh surrendered and let the Israelites go. God established the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread to commemorate the greatest “exodus” from the land of slavery.

One thing that catches my attention in this passage is that the Israelites had to eat the Passover feast in haste. Obviously, one of the reasons is that the Israelites had to leave Egypt in a hurry before Pharaoh changed his mind.  However, there might be another reason God wanted them to eat the meal in haste. God did not want the Israelites to recall Egypt with nostalgia. The Israelites might not bear to part with their Egyptian friends, their properties, food…etc.  But Almighty God wanted the Israelites to “quit” Egypt and set out to the promise land in haste. No turning back!

A lot of time, God wants to liberate us from the slavery of sins (pornography, gamble, fame, title…etc.). Sadly, we still try to find different excuses to remain slaves to sins.  Therefore, God offers us a clear-cut solution: Leave the land of slavery (temptation) in haste. Do not give any reasons to nostalgic in sins. One more click on a dark website, one more ticket in the lottery, and one more causal date may seem innocent and harmless. We need to run away immediately from those temptations before we sin. In James 1:14-15 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. The, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, give birth to death.

We cannot avoid temptation. When temptation comes; the best way for Christians to do is to put on the best sneakers and run from it. Do not open any doors to let temptations growing into sins.          —- Alan Yam

 

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