GENESIS 13 IN FOCUS
3 Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast.’
Pause! hold on for a moment and ponder! Think about the life you have lived so far. Think about the footprints. Think about the goodness of God and how God has kept you from your infancy to today. Think about where you are now and what you are doing today. Think about the footsteps you want to take. Deny yourself of what you love to do today and think about what you did not love but came your way yesterday and how God was there for you. Where are you heading towards? Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. (Proverbs 4:26)
Investigators would never let the past go in vain. They would do all things within their means to think into what caused the occurrence, why the occurrence, how it happened and deduce the hidden lessons out of whatever happened. Nations commemorate different events which happened in the past for various reasons. When we think carefully about the past, we get to know and understand not just what happened in the past but what really went into things that happened in the past. A good reflection on the past makes us understand clearly where we slipped, what we did well and what we could have done better. We are able to understand our had I known better. What did you do yesterday?
God wanted the Israelites to commemorate a day for some specific reason . “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. God wanted His people to understand His mighty power that delivered them out of slavery. A good reflection on this would keep the Israelites closer to God for they would understand that God is the only One with Supreme authority and power and they needed no other god than ‘ I AM’. God knows everything and He sees ahead of time. He knew exactly why He asked them to commemorate the day. When you think about how good someone has been to you, you least repay the person so badly.
God said to Joshua ‘ Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’ Reflecting on the word of God daily makes us know who God really is, what He expects us to do and what He can do for us. Reflecting on the word of God each day makes us know how to live our lives in such a manner pleasant to God. In an evil and adulterous generation in which we dwell, it is only reading the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit to discern and understand what the word really means that we shall be free from the numerous self seeking teachings from the word of God the god of this age has instituted to sway so many people from the true meaning of the true word of God. The propagation of the gospel is what matters!
Apostle Paul wrote ” It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will. The later do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for defense of the gospel. The former preach out of self ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does matter? The important thing is that in every way , whether for false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” Philippians 1:15-18
It is written ‘Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.‘
God gave His people instructions with respect to the commemoration. It is important to note that we can reflect on things which occurred in the past year after year but until we take the real lessons from things which happened in the past, we shall only be commemorating the past in vain. The past must not just leave us in bitterness but it must leave indelible lessons which can foster a great future growth.
God said to them ‘ 6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord. 7 Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. 8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.‘
Pause! Ponder! What are the lessons from your yesterday? Reflect on the goodness of God that saw you through life from your birth to now. Think about the great things God has done for you which others least do have. You are a unique person among the about 7.4 billion people who walk on the surface of the earth each day. Be thankful to God ”16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.” There was a difficult and understandable moment in life, in fact, the Egypt of our lives, but God saw us through.
Where are you heading towards?
A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.
2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.
3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.