“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you? Then tell, ‘it is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of he Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes wen he struck down the Egyptians.’ Then the people bowed down and worshiped.” (Exodus 12:24-27)
As God finally broke Pharaoh’s resistance, He also brought judgment upon the gods of the Egyptians, shown them to be worthless. In so doing He revealed His own unique position as the sovereign Lord of the world. Whenever the Passover meal has been observed in Jewish homes down through the centuries, its symbolism has been used to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
The combination of sensory experiences—-taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell—-contribute to a vivid and memorable learning experience, enabling small children to grasp significant truths in concrete form long before they are able to understand abstract ideas. Christians have a similar teaching opportunity each time they break bread and pass the cup in observance of the Lord’s Supper.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have taught the world that You are the God of the World and that we should both honor You, but that Your efforts to educate us that you are indeed the God of the World so we who follow Your will, are to take all of the education that has been given to us over the centuries, is intended to be learned and shared with family, friends, and yes even to stranger. Your gifts for us, were part of the education, and we are to use those gifts not for our good, but for the good of the World. We who claim Christianity, do so to reveal to those around us that we will reveal our love of You through Christ Jesus, is not a show of words, but of love in action, as an example of all that has been freely given to us. We follow Christ, love for Christ, and share our love of Christ, so that others will do no less in their own lives. It is our prayer, that those who are hurting in whatever way, will recognize working through us, to give them what we have, and all for His glory. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus loved us, in spite of knowing us better than we know ourselves. Hurting in body, mind, or spirit? God the One who can heal you of all this and so much more. Take a knee, call out to Jesus, and He will give you comfort, healing, and peace of mind. Are you willing to say, ‘I can’t do this Lord, I need your help!”
“Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people.” (Isaiah28:9-11)
The drunken priests were mocking Isaiah as they asked sarcastically, ‘Are you here to teach us, as though we were small children?’ In the process, they shed light on ancient Hebrew elementary education. Apparently, drill and repetition were important methods in the teaching of small children.
So it is today. Modern instructional teaching of small children has never replaced guided practice as a major teaching strategy. Computer assisted instruction often provides an electronic medium for learning “rule on rule.” We need to learn to use the best technology to apply old and true methods of education.
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians4:8-9)
Modern educators speak of the learner’s active participation in the educational process. That is what Paul advocated here. There is a Greek word (logizesthe -underlying ‘think’ means, ‘to calculate,’ ‘to reckon carefully.).” To think then is to weigh seriously the cost of incorporating the virtues listed in verse 8 into one’s daily life. Thus the Christian is to grapple with these concepts, not just reflect on them passively.
Discipleship does not depend on our situations. Material resources do not provide the power a disciple needs. Only Christ can provide the strength needed to do everything God wants done. Paul was able to face all kinds of circumstances with contentment because he expected Christ to provide the strength necessary. Therefore strength of faith qualifies a servant of Christ for large and difficult tasks.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” (Isaiah 29:13)
Hypocritical worship calls down God’s harshest judgment. God promised new miracles for Israel, not the miracles of salvation as in the Exodus from Egypt, but miracles of judgment. He would pull a disappearing act. Israel’s wisdom would vanish. Human wisdom lasts only as long as God allows.
A fundamental weakness in much religious instruction is that it becomes a matter of mere words that make little difference to anyone. The purpose of biblical teaching is to transform lives, not to pay lip service to verbal propositions. God want obedience which comes from dedicated hearts, not just words falling from articulate lips.