Re: Verse reading–Exodus 12:1-14, 24-27, 13:8-9 (day seven)
“This month is to be. . . the first month of your year.”–v 12:1.
How do you celebrate New Year’s Day? Football? Family? Fireworks? The Hebrews had a different tradition, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Began with Passover. They took a lamb (v 3), without defect (v 5–to accurately represent the coming, sinless Christ), cared for it in their homes for 14 days (v 6), then slaughtered, roasted and ate it with the family. Bitter herbs (v 8–to remind of sin and suffering) were also included and bread without yeast (unleavened, v 8–to remind of the speed and decisiveness required to be included in God’s plan– not even time for bread to rise). It told an important story! Life BEGAN for Israel when God made them free. So maybe New Year’s Day is not January 1. For believers, it is the day we received Christ by faith and forgiveness and power as a result. ” In Christ. . . new creation”–2 Corinthians 5:17. Please celebrate!