Bread at Passover

Date: Friday, September 13

ScriptureExodus 12:1-15

Verse: Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day shall be cut off from Israel. (Exodus 12:15)

If you call the church office and we put you on hold, you will find we have what may be the worst hold music ever. If you haven’t heard it, think of what it would sound like if the video game Ms. PacMan played hymns. Even if the music isn’t horrible, being on hold with the cable company, our doctor, tech support, and a host of others can be. At times we can spend 20 minutes on hold to talk to someone for 2 minutes. It is frustrating to not be heard and just kept waiting on hold. I recently hung up on a company I wanted to buy something from because they kept me on hold too long. 

When God was about to finally set the Israelites free, he gave Moses some very specific instructions about a meal they were to eat together. This Passover Meal became an annual event, a means of retelling through centuries the story of what God had done for the people. 

One of the elements of the meal, the one that is to be carried out not just on the day of Passover but for a week, is the eating of unleavened bread. The Israelites had to be ready to leave immediately on that first Passover, so they did not have time to let the dough rise before baking it. Eating unleavened bread reminds the people to follow God as soon as God calls. 

I wonder if there are times I’ve put God on hold. When God has called to say, “Let’s go!” and I have responded with, “I’ll be there in a minute. Let me finish this first.” 

Prayer: Forgive me, O God, for the times I have put you on hold. Amen. 

Action: Be quiet before God. Listen for his call. 

Respond: What’s the longest you have been on hold? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. 
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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