“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you… Every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it… The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever…’ [Moses said], ‘And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. And when your children say to you, “What do you mean by this service?” you shall say, “It is the sacrifice of the LORD‘s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.”’ And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.” Exodus 12:1-3,7,13-14,25-27
The Lord’s instituting the Passover was His initiating of a new life for His people– after 430 years of slavery He would rescue them from Egyptian bondage forever. This great deliverance would not only mark their memories and be celebrated in the years to come, but be the very foundation on which their counting of time would be established. They could never forget what He had done.
With what do I mark my days, my sense of time? In this life, it is easy to recall and commemorate small milestones– a move, a graduation, a new job. We make a big deal of birthdays, celebrating another year of life, growth, even God’s faithfulness. But how well do we memorialize and implement what He has done for us, what difference is it making on how we live forward? The blood of the sacrificed unblemished lamb was the Hebrews’ protection from certain death and their ticket to freedom, pointing to the deliverance from our deserved penalty for sin Jesus would win at Calvary, and this was to be “the beginning of months.” Am I fully living, since the beginning of my new life in Christ, all He has for me? Are my choices and days, expenditures and activities, indelibly impressed by the salvation He has granted, the purposes He intends? How carefully do I think through how He would have me plan and proceed? Can others identify my life as counted in and for Him? (Psalm 90:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Father, in remembrance of Your great love and mercy, cause me daily to hold fast to Your steps, keep Your way, treasure Your words, and complete all You appoint. May my calendar and years be measured by honor to, and praise of, Your holy name. (Job 23:11-14)