When you reach this point in the weekly insight, congratulations! You have completed reading 3 books in the Bible. 63 more to go!!! Keep reading and studying God’s word.
Let us now continue reading Luke and start together with Exodus.
Exodus 12:21-51 / Luke 15
This chapter in Exodus talks about the first Passover the Israelites participated. God gave Moses the instructions regarding the Passover in the beginning of chapter 12 and on the later verses. Moses then called for the elders of Israel to gather in order for him to share the instructions from God.
The festival of the Passover was to be an annual holiday for Jews. This is to remember the night that the Lord passed over the Israelites’ homes. The Hebrews followed God’s instructions by smearing lamb’s blood on their door frames. Saving their first born.
This chapter in Luke is similar to the readings we had last January 18. When we were studying the book of Matthew 18. The parables of the lost sheep, lost coin and the prodigal son. There is commonality between these parables. It is how we often do what we want to do even if it means turning away from God. But because God loves us He always reach us and bring us back to His fold.
Exodus 12: 51 “ and it came to pass the self same day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by armies."
Luke 15:21 “and the son said unto him father, i have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.”
The question I usually ask myself is: “What do I do now to be with our Heavenly Father?”. God’s original plan was for human kind to be always in His presence. Our first parents fell into temptation and sinned, created a gap between God and us. God solved this problem by sending Jesus to the world. It is written “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV). Therefore, we must believe in Jesus Christ to have eternal life with the our Father in heaven.
Is it enough to believe in Jesus? My answer is Yes. But believing in Him means to follow His teachings and commandments. And that is where we find difficulties and struggles. Take for example the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11). The second son left his father’s house to “enjoy” the world. He lived a sinful life and when he realized that he has nothing left, he decided to go back to his father.
Often, we are like the second son. We are blinded with our earthly wants and fall into sin. Thence, we should not be attached to worldly affairs. Repent from our sins and humble ourselves to our Father. We should remember that we are hopeless without God.
What do we do when faced with temptations and hardships? Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and humble yourself. The Holy Spirit does not work on a proud heart. Keep in mind that everything comes to pass and that God will always be there for us (Exodus 12:51 KJV). Our Father, is an unchanging God, He will deliver us like what He did to the Israelites.
Our heavenly Father, we adore Your Holy Name. We are sorry for always turning away from You. That we get so focused in planning for our future and forget that You hold our future. Forgive us Lord, and give us a forgiving heart to forgive others who have offended us. We are grateful for Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for our sins, giving us a chance to be with our father in heaven. Guide us Lord, through the Holy Spirit and be always with us. Amen.