Eat it in haste
ĎAnd thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lordís Passover.í
Exodus Chapter 12 Verse 11
One more plague was to
come, and that was to occur on the children of Israel's final night in Egypt.
The firstborn in the land of Egypt were to die, including those of the beasts
of the field. None were to be spared. The children of Israel would be safe as
long as they followed the Lord's commands.
At midnight when the destroyer came Israel would be saved by the blood. It was a dreadful night in which even the dogs remained silent!
In 2003 we are also
saved through a sacrifice and shed blood. Not those of any ordinary lamb,
neither those of our own choosing, but those of God's choosing, namely of His
Son, Jesus Christ.
We are saved through
this shedding of blood. We are born in iniquity. We are sinners from the time
of our conception. We are destined for an eternity in Hell unless we are saved
His blood cleanses us from all our sins. We are no longer under condemnation. We are born again, not of the flesh but of the spirit.
It was the words, 'ye shall eat it in haste' that caught my attention this morning as I read this chapter. Why would they need to eat it in haste? Are we to do the same? The answer is that the matter of our salvation is an urgent business. Life is so unpredictable that we are not to leave it until another day. We are not promised tomorrow, and therefore we are to make haste in getting our house in order. We have business to do with God, and it must be done immediately.
Delay would mean death! It would mean being left behind! We are not to linger in Egypt, but we are to get out - fast!
Well do I remember the 6
months of anguish I had when, having heard the Gospel and being affected by
it, I struggled in no man's land trying to believe! I did not know whose side
I was on.
I feared death. I passed a cemetery every day going to and from my work and I feared that I would end up there before being saved. I feared a lost eternity, yet I knew that God would have been just in sending me there. I had sinned against Him and I did not have an Advocate.
It was not until my head knowledge became my heart knowledge that peace flowed into my desperate soul. The penny finally dropped and I believed with all my heart that Jesus Christ died for me on that cross outside the walls of Jerusalem.
We do everything else in our lives in haste. Should we not eat to our souls' satisfaction each morning from the Word of God? Should we not make haste to the Throne of Grace before the concerns of the day take over? Should we not make haste to be assured each day of our salvation?
If we have stumbled backwards and have once again wandered in Egypt's land, then we should make haste to get out. If not, then we shall soon be found in the gutters of that same land.
If we find ourselves in the company of those who don't fear God, should we not make haste to be with those who are like-minded heirs of Glory with us?
The final thought that came to me was this. Should we not make haste to share the Lamb with our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues and all who may cross our path today?
We have a story to tell.
We have tasted and seen that God is good! We must with all haste tell others
about this Good News lest they suffer a lost eternity through our neglect.
Author : Iain
Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak