Lenten Devotion: For the forgiveness of sins

Image result for Exodus 12:1-14Read Exodus 12:1-14

There is so much packed into this short passage that points to the sacrifice of Christ, as God instructs Moses to institute the Passover Feast for Israel. The whole community is in
crisis, bearing the serious weight of slavery and oppression forced upon them by the tyrannical ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh will stop at nothing to put an end to the Hebrew people,
but God will not allow this to happen. In this last of the ten plagues exacted on the king of Egypt and his people, God gives very specific instructions for each household to sacrifice a perfect lamb. This lamb, coupled with Israel’s obedience to God’s will, brings about his mercy for those who live in the covenant relationship.

Why did God tell the people to hike up their robes, keep their shoes on their feet while they ate, and to eat unleavened bread?

What parts of this lesson foreshadow the death of Jesus?

This coming Thursday evening (7 pm) we will not celebrate the Passover, but the Lord’s Supper. Here we will again enter into those words that define the meaning of Christ’s death for Christians: “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28). Come and join those who need these words of life.