CAST Voices Devotion: The Passover
By Bongani Mkhize
God showed His seriousness when he called Moses in the burning bush and sent him to Pharaoh to release the Israelites (Exodus 3). This incident was followed by 10 plagues from God to the Egyptians, as Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to release the Israelites. The tenth plague forced Pharaoh to release the Israelites (vs.29-30). God told the Israelites to take the Lamb for each household, and it should be kept until the 14th of the month. They should slaughter, roast it on the fire and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs (12:3-9). Passover serves as a painful reminder of the affliction the Jewish people suffered in Egypt, where they were foreigners and strangers. They were also homeless, and wandered for forty years in the wilderness. At CAST, we can think of those people within our land who were compelled to leave their homes by the conditions in their countries: wars; hunger; political unrest; lack of development etc. They preferred to leave their homeland and cross into our country, looking for better life. It is our mandate as community workers to stand for the truth and fight any corruption towards such people in our country. The Passover also teaches us to share what we have with our neighbours (v.4). We must not be greedy, instead we should take what is enough and share the excess. The Israelites had to eat the unleavened bread, (matzah) considered as the bread of affliction. In our communities, we have many people who are eating matzah every day, and we have to work hard to alleviate poverty within our communities. What matters most in the Passover is the blood of the Lamb because it is the sign of God’s people (v.13). It is our MANDATE to help all people we are working with to come to understand the importance of the LAMB (JESUS) in their lives. Only Jesus can save us from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9).
1) Think of all the plagues that came over Egypt. How are people in your community suffering because of lack of knowledge?
2) Think of what you have – isn’t God great? Why don’t you celebrate your possessions by sharing with needy people?
3) Like Abraham’s call – so Moses’ call was serious. What do you think of your calling?