Summary: Exodus transformed the Israelites in the same way the Resurrection transformed the disciples. We start on a new path and are no longer the same.
14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall hold a solemn assembly, and on the seventh day a solemn assembly; no work shall be done on those days; only what everyone must eat, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your companies out of the land of Egypt: you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a perpetual ordinance. 18 In the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day, you shall eat unleavened bread. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether an alien or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your settlements you shall eat unleavened bread.
21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. 24 You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children.
Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28
17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
At the beginning of this series, we were reminded that God has a plan even if we don’t see it.
We realized that God calls us into His plan for us and that He is with us even when we can’t feel him.
Last week we explored the fact that God is powerful enough to bring that plan to pass.
This week we will be looking at the moment in time when things changed for the Israelites. It is the moment when they confront the Passover and discover God’s protection. But more than that, it is the moment when their transformation into people of God begins. Our word today is transformation.
Many years ago, I had a favorite contemporary science fiction author. His name was Isaac Asimov. I read most of his fiction books, and a number of his nonfiction ones.
What was interesting was that over his lifetime he created a number of different series of novels. You may have read some from his Foundation Series, His space exploration series, his early robot stories, or his Elijah Baily and Daneel the Robot series. As he grew older, he began to take his newer novels and try tried to create a consistent story thread that tied all of them together. He died before the project was complete.
Here in Exodus, we have something similar happening. There is a text that was written. And there is a text that has been incorporated.
We have the story of the original Passover, including the lamb and the blood. But we also have the story of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, which is intended to remember this event and carry it through the lives of the people.
We know that the Feast of the Unleavened Bread was established in Deuteronomy 16 – and that the purpose of the unleavened bread was to remind the people that the night when they left Egypt, it was in haste and they had no time to prepare the bread.