REMEMBER THE LORD LEST YOU FORGET
Leslie M. John
“Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph”. (Exodus 1:8)
The times and seasons fleet and there is a tendency to forget what the Lord has done for us. Man’s memory does not last long. There arose a king in Egypt who did not know who Joseph was! What a surprise!!. Whereas the Lord asked us to tell our children about the great things he has done for us, a section of Christians work towards forgetting what he has done for us. There is already a movement which relegates “Lord’s Supper” into what is called as “Old Dispensation”. Let us remember what the LORD has done in the lives of the children of Israel and apply to our lives and see what he is done for us.
The LORD said to the children of Israel that they should take a lamb, which should be blameless, on the tenth day of the month “Abib”. A lamb for every household, according to the house of their fathers was to be taken, and if the household was too small for the lamb, the man of the household may share the lamb with his neighbor, next to his house. The number of persons from the neighbor may be counted by him to see that the portion in excess of what was required in that house can be shared by the neighbors. The lamb thus set apart was not a mere lamb but it was their special lamb, which was to be slain on the fourteenth day of the first month of the first year. The lamb that was to be thus set apart should be their lamb to become part of their family, as if a member of their family, and the children would play with it, until the fourteenth day of the month. The LORD said that the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel should kill it in the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month of the first year. The household was required, then, to take the blood of the lamb and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, where they were supposed to eat it.
The LORD said unto the children of Israel that He will pass through the land of Egypt that night and smite every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of man and beast. The LORD said He will execute judgment against the gods of Egypt because He is the LORD. Pharaoh and his gods took pleasure in the servitude of the children of Israel, whom the LORD loved so much. The LORD had promised the Israel that He shall deliver them from out of the bondage of slavery. The LORD showed His power by humiliating their frog-gods, lice-gods, and all kinds of gods, whom they worshipped. God gave them plenty of frogs because they loved to worship frogs. This was the tenth plague that God was going to bring upon the Egyptians. In order that the children of Israel may escape this harsh judgment upon them, they were required to have the blood of the lamb on their door posts. The LORD said He shall passes over that home where he finds the blood of the lamb on the door posts and that the plague shall not be upon the household. This harsh punishment that was brought upon the Egyptians, Pharaoh, and his household, and the sparing of the children of Israel on the day of the Passover shall be a memorial for them, He said.
It was this memorial that was to be kept by the children of Israel. They were required to tell and retell their children about the grace of God that was shown to them. It was a feast for them, and their posterity was required to keep that feast. The feast was holy and they were required to eat unleavened bread for seven days. The LORD told them that they should put away leaven even on the first day until the seventh day out of their houses in order that they may not be cut off. The first day was holy convocation. The seventh day was holy convocation for them and they were required to take rest and no manner of work was to be done by them. They were only to eat and take rest on that day. They were to observe the feast of unleavened bread on the same day, because it was on that day that the LORD brought them out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, the observance of Passover feast became an ordinance for them for ever.
On the night before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he ate Passover and then he instituted Lord’s Supper and said that his death, burial and resurrection should be remembered until he comes again. Remember Lord Jesus Christ ate Passover first before and as they were eating he instituted Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 26:17-28)
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come”. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)