Summary: What do God’s people need to remember on New Year’s Day?

"What God Wants His People To Remember On

New Year’s Day"

Text-Exodus 12:1-51

Rev. Danny Moss

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

814 Marwood Loop, SE

Bogue Chitto, MS. 39629

Scripture Focal Text-

Exodus 12:2-"This month shall be unto you the

beginning of months: it shall be the first month

of the year to you."


I’m sure that most of us can recall a memorable

new year’s eve, or new year’s day that we partici-

pated in with our families. The Hebrew people of

God were about to experience a New Year’s Day like

no other. It would be so significant, that it

would begin their new calendar. Every time a new

year rolled around, they would be reminded of what

had happened to them, and their forefathers way

back in Egypt, when God sent the death angel, and

delivered them from Egyptian bondage.

I believe that we can compare this to our

Christian experience, and recognize some important

things that God wants us to remember every New

Year’s Day.

I. FIRST of all, we need to remember Who We Are

We are God’s redeemed people. A people who have

been delivered from bondage. Theirs was physical

slavery, ours was spiritual enslavement to Satan.

God came down, and delivered us. He did not allow

us to remain in agony and suffering, and despair.

He sent Moses to them, as their Deliverer. He

sent Christ to us, to deliver us from darkness,

so that we could walk in His marvelous light.

They had no power to deliver themselves. Neither

do we. God had to send one who would lead them

out of bondage, into the marvelous liberty of the

children of God.

That first New Year’s Eve, each family was told

to take a lamb of the first year, a lamb without

blemish, and then slaughter it on the 14th day of

Nisan. Then, they were to take the blood of the

lamb, and sprinkle it upon the two side posts of

their houses, and upon the upper door post wherein

they would eat it. It was to be roasted with fire,

They were to eat it with their loins girded, with

shoes on their feet, and with a staff in their hand.

They were to eat it in haste, because it was the

Lord’s Passover.

II. SECONDLY, I believe that God wants us to remem-


Everything about what they were instructed to do

was significant.

God promised that when He saw the blood, He would

passover them, and not destroy them as His plague

of death struck Egypt.

We need to always remember that it is by the blood

of Jesus that we are redeemed, and that apart from

that blood we would perish with the rest of the

world when God’s judgment falls.

Our redemption is in the blood of Christ, the

perfect Lamb of God, who gave Himself for us, that

we might be saved, and given a home in Heaven.

Nothing but the blood can cleanse us, and rescue

us from the wrath of Almighty God against sin and


From the 14th to the 21st of Nisan, they were to

eat unleavened bread. This was to be a perpetual

ordinance for them to observe.

III. A THIRD thing that I notice is that the Lord



They were to engrave it into their minds that God

was God, and that they were His redeemed people,

and then worship Him in truth and spirit.

Not a bad way to observe New year’s!-remembering

God, and what He has done for us.

That New Year’s eve night was a night like no other!

There would be a strange silence, and terror, and

screaming, and there would not be a house where

there was not one dead in Egypt among the unre-


IV. I believe also, that God wanted them TO LIVE A


After that awful night’s experiences, they would

take all their flocks and herds, and go out-to

leave the land of darkness and death, and go with

God, towards a new land, a land flowing with milk

and honey.

Many experience yet lay in the future for them.

There would be challenges, and miracles, and

doubting, and disobedience, but someday their

descendants would enter the Promised Land.

God wants us to live a new life this year, we

can ask forgiveness for the mistakes of the past,

and walk with God, onward in our new land, trusting

Him, and going where He leads.

If we do this, 2005 will be the greatest year we

have ever experienced.

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Howard Strickland

commented on Jan 10, 2009

Great word! Thanks.

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