Devotional: The Miracle of Redemption
He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered.
The psalmist here describes the redemption of Israel from Egypt under Moses. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he focuses on two aspects: the ﬁnancial and the physical.
Financially, the people were “laden with silver and gold.” Physically, “among their tribes no one faltered.” Out of three million people, there was not one who was weak or sickly, not one who could not face the long desert march that lay ahead. Just 24 hours previously, these same people had been underprivileged slaves, ground down by centuries of poverty and oppression.
What had brought about this dramatic change? Just one thing: the Passover lamb. As they applied its blood to their doors and fed upon its ﬂesh, they and their situation were totally transformed. Their poverty was changed to wealth, their weakness to strength. A cowed rabble became an army, marching in well-ordered ranks.
Such is the fullness of God’s redemption. It does not provide merely for our “souls.” Its scope is also physical and ﬁnancial. It covers every area of our personality ande very need in our lives. The redemption of Israel through the Passover lamb looked forward to a greater redemption that was to be provided through the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us, as Christians, that “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacriﬁced” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The sacriﬁce of Christ covers all that was accomplished through the Passover lamb in Egypt. More than that, it never has to be repeated, and its efﬁcacy is eternal.
Grant me faith, Lord Jesus, to receive all that You have provided for me through Your sacriﬁce.
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