Passover thoughts from Tom Lori.
As Jewish people around the world prepare their hearts to recount the story of how God brought us out of Egypt, God is highlighting new significance in certain elements of the Passover story as we find ourselves in the midst of the corona virus epidemic, which is bringing the nations of the world to their knees.
In Hebrew we call this this time “The Exodus from Egypt”, and I feel that God is bringing His Body, the international ecclesia, as well as our local body at KVFC, through a spiritual “Exodus from Egypt”
In Hebrew, the word for Egypt is Meetzraim, which literally means a very narrow place.
To come out of Egypt, the Children of Israel had to pass through a narrow difficult way.
They were afforded salvation from the curse of death by faith and obedience to God’s command in daubing the blood of the Passover lamb on the doors and lintels of the houses in which they dwelt. However, in order to come into the promised land, they had to go through numerous challenges and difficulties which would test their faith in God who had just redeemed them from death and freed them from slavery.
It seems to me that right now, at this Passover/death and resurrection time, God is bringing His Body through a very narrow place, —- a place of troubles, difficulties and hardships. In order to pass through this narrow difficult place, God is removing from us some of the excess baggage which hinders and holds us back. In His unfailing love and grace, He is using these difficulties in shaping and moulding us, even more into the image of the Lord Jesus.
“Then the children of Israel journeyed from Ramses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot besides children. A mixed multitude went up with them also” Exodus 12:37+38
Passover has deep literal and symbolic meaning for the past, present and future, and the mixed multitude coming out of Egypt clearly shows that it was God’s plan from the beginning to have a special people from every tribe tongue and nation. [Exodus 19:5+6; 1Peter 2:5 and Revelation 1;6]
So, what happens when a large number of people have to go through a narrow place together? They naturally have to get closer to each other!
In addition to the many things God is doing in our hearts, as we allow Him during this time, He is also calling us into a deeper unity and connection with our brothers and sisters in the faith around us.