In the Wilderness: Exodus 12:29-51

The slaves leave in haste here in Exodus 12:29-51. (Click on the link to read the verses.)

It was a night of watching by the Lord, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Lord by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.–Exodus 12:42

It took many plagues and a night of death, but finally Pharaoh had enough and let the people go. The Israelites left in haste with no time to prepare provisions for the journey. This verse caught my attention today.

It was a night of watching by the Lord…

I’m like the Israelites in so many ways. I’ve been called to move, to make haste with no time to prepare provisions. I’ve felt the darkness of night and wondered if I’ll make it out. Maybe you’ve experienced it too. What a beautiful truth to know in our dark hours the Lord is watching.

… to bring them out of the land of Egypt…

He is watching, waiting… preparing just the right time to bring us out. He faithfully leads us to new places and provides those things we could not prepare before we left.

… so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Lord…

Each year the Israelites remember the watching of the Lord as they celebrate the Passover. They remember the plagues, blood smeared on doors, the provisions God gave along the way. They remember and we should too.

As we approach Good Friday let us remember the provision God made through His Son. Jesus made a way where no way existed. So let’s keep watch.

Lord, there is yet one more exodus to come.
Help us to be prepared at any moment for You to come
and make all things new.

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