“The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”
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. 4 Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. 5 When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: 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.”
As we move on to Exodus, Chapter 13, we see the Lord giving instructions for the The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We find the repeated phrase “the Lord brought you out/The Lord did.” The Lord wants all Israel and us to know that “The Lord” did this great work. It was not the work of any man but God, himself who brought the Israelites out of bondage and from the grip of their enemy.
As we read the story of the Exodus, it is usually in the terms of “the Israelites” but God wants the Israelites to understand and embrace how He did a very personal act of deliverance for each person. The instruction is to tell your son, “the Lord did this FOR ME.” Each and every person who came out of Egypt now has personal testimony about the love, grace, mercy, power, and faithfulness of the True and Living God. Each person has experienced a personal encounter with the God who created them. God gives each person the instruction to “tell” it.
Every believer of Jesus as Lord and Savior has personal testimony about the love, grace, mercy, power, and faithfulness of the True and Living God, has had a personal encounter with Him, and been given the same mandate. The question is how are you and I doing with following our instructions. We take the goodness and mercy of God so for granted. Sometimes, it is with an attitude that seems to say that God so loved the world and Jesus was suppose to do that…no big deal, I am part of the world…let’s move on and let me live my life. We’re so busy, busy, busy that we fail to take time to meditate and reflect on the awesome love demonstrated at Calvary…”for me.” I certainly didn’t deserve it but God’s amazing grace saved a wretch like me.” Jesus did it for the world and He did it “for me.” I just can’t keep it to myself, I just gotta go tell somebody!