What do you mean by this service?
When you lead a class, bible study, or are in some other bible teacher type role, you will probably at some point come across this question being addressed to you. “Why do we do what we do” in reference to our religious actions. Baptism, weekly Lord’s Supper, Acapella music, prioritizing God first, even above family or career. Why are these things that we do?
In Exodus 12-13 and so many of the chapters before and after, God provides His people with an endless list of rituals they are to follow as a now freed nation (they do eventually end, there are ONLY 40 chapters in Exodus). Many of us read this and ask “Why so many rules?!”
At first, the people don’t question God at all. They just saw first hand the miracles he performed through Moses to free them from Egyptian slavery. But eventually, the awe of the miraculous power will fade, just as it does today with us. Exodus 12: 26-27 reads, “And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for He passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when He struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’”
God knew the people would forget. Not the event, but His incredible power and control in our lives! Reading a little further, He says “It shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Law of the Lord may be in your mouth” – Exodus 13:9.
There are many verses throughout scripture that are important, but Exodus 13:9 could easily be our Christian mission statement! That is the reason for our service! That is why we do EVERYTHING we do! We don’t do these things because God commanded us to do them. We do these things because the Lord is written on our hand, between our eyes, and in our mouths!
He is every moment.
He is every second.
He is everything.
He is every day.
…”And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.” Exodus 12:27