The Law of the Land
“When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, you shall set apart to the Lord all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the Lord‘s. Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”
God’s plan was to rescue the children of Israel, lead them to the promised Land, and that is where they would begin to establish His laws. That is why He tells them to start holding this annual feast of the Passover when they get to the promised land. Unfortunately, the people will rebel in a later chapter, and not enter the land. But that will not exempt them from celebrating their deliverance from Egypt. It is so important that this annual memorial is held that it will be done before God’s plan is executed as ordered.
Likewise, we have been redeemed, as the first born sons, by the substitutionary death of the lamb. And we are all to remember this with the annual Passover feast. And we are to receive the promises of God. Even if we fail to walk in those promises, we are still His sons, male and female alike, if we remember Him and what He did for us. If we forget Him, we are cut off. If we hold fast to Him, we are always His children, even if we do not experience our promised land, which is out life here on Earth, not in heaven.
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