Deuteronomy 16:1-4 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 16:1 “Set aside the month of Avib and watch the Passover to Yahveh your God, because Yahveh your God brought you out of Egypt by night in the month of Avib.
Deuteronomy 16:2 Sacrifice to Yahveh your God a Passover animal from the herd or flock in the place where Yahveh chooses to have his name dwell.
Deuteronomy 16:3 Do not eat flatbread1 with it. For seven days you are to eat matzah2 with it, the bread of hardship– because you left the land of Egypt in a hurry– so that you may remember for the rest of your life the day you left the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 16:4 No yeast is to be found anywhere in your territory for seven days, and none of the meat you sacrifice in the evening of the first day is to remain until morning.
The Passover lamb and Matzah bread were symbols to remind the Israelites that they had left the old world behind. The bread was specifically the kind that could be made in a hurry. This symbolizes the urgency of the need for escape.
Christian, do you remember how desperate you were to leave your old life and seek freedom in Jesus? Don’t ever forget that. You will be tempted to pick up little pocketfuls of Egyptian sand and carry them with you. Empty those pockets and commit yourself to living the new life you are heading to, not the old life you left behind.
Lord, thank you for the promise of a new life. We surrender our old lives to you again, and empty our pockets of Egyptian sand.