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02/27/2009

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What's Your Favorite Holiday?


"This is the day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord---a lasting ordinance" (Ex. 12:14).

I asked My "title" question to my teen class not too long ago. I got as answers, Christmas, and my birthday. We spent some time talking about various holidays and why we liked them. Some are pretty obvious, and some not so. "Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, and even the 4th of July were not on any of their "short lists." I chimed in with my personal favorite, Thanksgiving. I don't particularly like turkey, but I do on Thanksgiving. The heart of this discussion was to be why a particular holiday was really celebrated.

The Israelites were to celebrate Passover. Today's scripture follows the specific way they were to prepare, participate, celebrate and remember. You can read it for yourselves. You will find it to be very specific. More than likely, the Jews, as humans might say, "why just this way?" They probably even thought of some ways that would be easier and more convenient.... There was not to be the slightest change!! God would even begin their calendar year right here.

He went on to explain what was going to happen to the first-born of the Egyptians. If I would put myself in their place, I would be hard-pressed to understand what I was doing, why I was doing it and why it was being done in exactly this way. How unusual this was...To prepare a feast in such an unappetizing way. To make a really expensive meal and eat it so quickly. (with no leftovers)...These were more than likely conundrums for the Israelites.

Have you ever had a "moment of clarity"? You know, after puzzling over a problem for a long time, you hit yourself on the forehead and say, "I've got it...Whether the Israelites "got it" is questionable, but some things must have clicked for them...Eating in a hurry?....We're outta here!...Blood on the doorpost?...Protection against the last plague!...Make it an annual holiday? Our children and theirs should remember this!

Many years later, the feast would form the context for another remembrance that would be celebrated for thousands of years..."the Lord's Supper." When God speaks, we need to listen.....and obey...

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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