This Sunday's message: The Song of Zechariah

February 28

Today's Reading: Exodus 13:1-22

God initiates two different observances for the Israelites:
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread - this feast was to be held in close association with the Passover Feast. In fact, those two feasts are so closely related that they are treated as one feast in both the Old and New Testament. Passover was a feast that began at twilight on the 14th day of the month of Nisan. The Feast of Unleavened Bread began on the next day - the 15th of Nisan. But since the Jews consider the new day to begin at sunset rather than at midnight like we do, that meant the Feast of Unleavened Bread began while the Passover meal was still in progress.
  • The consecration of the firstborn. Once they came to the land God promised them, the Israelites were to consecrate the firstborn of both their animals and their sons to God.

Both of these acts were established by God to help the people remember how God had brought them out of slavery in Egypt.

Today, the Lord's Supper (also called Communion) serves a similar purpose. It helps to remind us of what Jesus did for us on the cross. At TFC we observe the Lord's Supper about once a quarter. We'll be doing that next on the Sunday after Easter - April 16.

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