Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 12:11 (NIV)
This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
Exodus 12:11 (MSG)
“And here is how you are to eat it: Be fully dressed with your sandals on and your stick in your hand. Eat in a hurry; it’s the Passover to God.
“Now you are to eat it in this manner: [be prepared for a journey] with your]loins girded [that is, with the outer garment tucked into the band], your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; you shall eat it quickly—it is the Lord’s Passover.” -AMPLIFIED
Preceding our text we find very detailed instructions on how the children of Israel were supposed to prepare and celebrate the Passover meal. “If the family is too small for a lamb, then share it with a close neighbor, depending on the number of persons involved. Be mindful of how much each person will eat. Your lamb must be a healthy male, one year old; you can select it from either the sheep or the goats. Keep it penned until the fourteenth day of this month and then slaughter it—the entire community of Israel will do this—at dusk. Then take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which you will eat it. You are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire, that night, along with bread, made without yeast, and bitter herbs. Don’t eat any of it raw or boiled in water; make sure it’s roasted—the whole animal, head, legs, and innards. Don’t leave any of it until morning; if there are leftovers, burn them in the fire.” -Exodus 12:4-10 (MSG)
God is in the details. He pays attention to the small things. He considers the details of our lives of great importance. No problem or situation is ever too small to bring to God’s attention; for it is important for us to realize that He does care about us so much that He knows the minute details about us! Remember, these words of Jesus, ” But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered [for the Father is sovereign and has complete knowledge].” Matthew 10:30 (AMP) Or this verse, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” -Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
God gave the children of Israel very detailed instructions in order that they would be prepared for what was about to happen. It was going to be a situation like none other and it was an urgent call for immediate action to take place.. They needed to be prepared and ready. Not only was the Angel of Death about to make a visit to Egypt, but they needed to be prepared to make a quick exit immediately after the Angel had completed his work.
They were told to kill a one year-old lamb, “take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door-frames of the houses where they eat the lambs.” This was in order to mark their houses; so the Angel of Death would pass over their home. This blood on the doorposts would be a symbol of the sacrifice offered as a substitute for their firstborn sons.
The people were to eat the lamb with bitter herbs; endive, chicory, and other bitter tasting herbs that were used in Egypt. These bitter herbs were to be a reminder of the bitter years that they served as slaves in the land of Egypt. They were also to eat the meal with bread without yeast; unleavened bread. This would be a reminder to them of the haste that they had to eat this meal; for there was the need to be ready to leave quickly. They were to eat the meal in readiness and anticipation of what God was about to do for them.
The people were instructed to be sure there was enough for each person, but not too much; for there was to be no leftovers. “Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.” (verse 10) God wanted His people to trust Him to take care of their daily needs and He did not them to use that lamb which had been a sacrifice in an unworthy manner. This whole situation was going to entail their obedience and their trust.
It was of the utmost importance that the children of Israel followed the details of God’s instructions. God’s promise of protection hinged on the their willingness to obey Him, to the detail. Are you willing to trust and obey Him?
Jehovah, I will trust you in the details of my life; even in the unknown things. I know you are watching over me, leading and guiding me. Help me to not fear what lies ahead in my life; for you are the God of the details. You know everything about me and you are preparing the way before me. I will trust and obey you to take care of me; for You are my All-in-All.