"Praise the LORD, call upon His Name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted." Isaiah 12:4
Text: Exodus 13 : 3-5, 8-9
ANTICIPATING ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND
The Lord sent Moses to prepare their hearts and minds to enter into the Promised Land. How exciting that thought must have been to the children of Israel.
“No leaven bread shall be eaten.
On this day you are going out, in the month Abib.
And it shall be, when the LORD brings you into the land
of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites,
and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers
to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you keep
this service in this month.”
1. A beautiful description of the Promised Land
How beautifully Moses described the land. It would be rich and bountiful. It would be a land “flowing with milk and honey.” The imagery is that of lush fields where their cattle would flourish and be able to produce a good supply of milk. The land would also be lush with greenery and bees would produce honey that they could utilize as food! The Promise Land looked most promising indeed!
2. The temporary occupants
The Promised Land was temporarily occupied. Yes, they were occupied by some formidable nations (Canaanites, Jebusites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites). These tribes were known for their ferocity and wickedness! But the children of Israel must not forget the strength of the Lord! He had performed many mighty miracles in the land of Egypt! They must trust Him to deliver them in the future!
3. The Feast of the Unleavened Bread must be kept
The significance of the Passover must be remembered not only in the heart and mind. It must also be remembered as a religious “service”.
4. “In the month Abib”
The month Abib was to be the first month of the Jewish calendar. Their calendar would begin with thoughts of how the Lord delivered them from Egypt. Even if they were to go to a land where other nationalities already had prevailing cultures and practices, they must ever seek to retain their own religious beliefs and practices!
ANOTHER REMINDER TO PASS DOWN THE FAITH
The children must be sure that they pass their faith to the next generation.
“And you shall tell your son in that day, saying,
‘This is done because of what the LORD did for me when
I came up from Egypt.’ It shall be as a sign to you on your hand
and as a memorial between your eyes…”