April 22, 2014

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Exodus 12:28-39; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Mark 16:9-20

Move! Leave your home and travel to a place you do not know. Thus saith the Lord!

Imagine this is the word from the Lord today. No doubt, many would find reasons to not do so. Many would complain, offering reasonable objections. Yet, if the command came from the Lord of promise, then what?

The Hebrews left Egypt en masse, not only because they wanted out of captivity, but also because the God of promise commanded. Because “the people of Israel went and did so, as the LORD had commanded” and because the Lord kept his promise, passing over their homes, we say, “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” We have no other gods before him.

God is faithful to himself (2Tim 2:13) and to us; he keeps his promises. Jesus promised that on the third day he would rise from the dead. (Luke 18:33) He kept that promise and as result, all who have died with him in baptism will rise from the bondage of death and journey on to a new land. (Rom 6:4)

Get ready.

Prayer: Lord of promise, help me prepare for the journey. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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