The LORD's Passover was an intense night, to be sure. Following his instructions was the difference between your firstborn living and dying. God gets Pharaoh's attention and gains the release of his people on this night.
What stood out to me in this verse is the way the LORD tells Israel their Passover meal:
"With your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste."
Knowing that Israel is about to leave Egypt in mass, the LORD is telling them be ready to go at a moment's notice. Don't even start eating until you have everything packed up and ready to go. Once you've eaten a large meal you'll be sluggish and won't move as quickly when the time comes. So be ready to go. THEN you can eat.
And when you start eating, "Eat in haste." Eat quickly. Like military men, don't waste much time on personal or civilian affairs. The battle is upon you. This is not the time to feast.
I can't imagine how hard it is to get one to two million men, women and children (plus livestock) to quickly move in the same direction in the middle of the night. These instructions start to make sense in light of this challenge.
This stands out to me. This posture of readiness and urgency was practical--even necessary.
Their mission: Be rescued and then help rescue others around them.
This is not unlike our situation as Christ-followers.
We're to live with a sense of urgency. We're to live ready to trust and obey the LORD each day all day. We're to live as the rescued and the rescuers. In short, we're to live in light of eternity. This life is but a vapor.
In contrast, many Christians live as if they are going to be here a long time. We build our little kingdoms of comfort and security as if this were our true home. We forget that our true home awaits us. That God's eternal kingdom is what we're to invest our time and energy into. (Matt 6:19-24)
So what does it look like to live in light of eternity?
Living in light of eternity is:
1. To live with a sense of urgency as we learn to trust and obey the LORD (and lead others to do the same).
2. It's to live ready to serve others even as Jesus has served us.
It's to live as the rescued and the rescuer.
Let's join the LORD in his holy search and rescue mission...together!
What's the LORD saying to you today?
What are you going to do about it?