At church this Sunday, Scott continued his series in Exodus, this week talking through God’s instructions regarding the Passover. You can listen to the message here.
One of the things that struck me here was this simple statement from Exodus 12:24-27:
“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 them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.
The statement is “When your children ask you…” I think it points to the need for tradition in our family. God purposely gave His people these moments, to celebrate in sometimes strange-looking ways, so that the next generation might ask, “What does that mean?”
“Why do we eat the bitter herbs?”
“Why do we build a shack in our backyard?”
“Why do we eat the bread and drink the wine?”
But in today’s church culture of newer and better, are we doing anything that would cause our children to ask, “Why do we do this?” Traditions like that open the door for great stories, great memories, and great faith. Those are the moments to be passed down. And the Bible is full of them.
It seems like the Lord is about creating these “when your children ask” moments. They come through meals, traditions, and celebrations, if we take the time and energy to practice—or even know—the traditions.
Looking forward to advent…