• W. Austin Gardner

Never Forget What He Has Done!



Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. 17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said. 32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. 33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. 34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual. 40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

43 And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: 44 But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. 45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof. 46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. 49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. 50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

  1. They were never to forget what God was doing 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

  2. God wants His people to always remember what He has done. We are to set aside specific time to just think about Him and what He has done

  3. Anyone in good fellowship with God and the others that worshiped Him would set aside these 7 days 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

  4. They knew that they were to be thinking and talking about what He did

  5. They were to make changes from their routine so that they would be more forced or pushed to think about what He had done

  6. They were not to work so that they would be able to think 16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

  7. He gave them a set day to remember Him and His work 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

  8. He told them what to call it 17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

  9. They were to break fellowship with anyone who would not respect the time of remembrance 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.

  10. There are great lessons here for us as we take the Lord’s supper.

  11. Obviously, this was a Jewish ordinance but I see things that are similar and apply

  12. Don’t forget the apostles would have been very used to this part of their culture. It will have affected how they felt about the Lord’s supper

  13. God definitely still wants us to remember what Jesus did for us on Calvary

  14. We should be willing to set aside special time to remember even if it is inconvenient

  15. We should take time to focus on simply remembering

  16. Think about it

  17. Talk it over with others

  18. We don’t have a set day or schedule given to us but want to keep a date and remember

  19. The Lord’s Supper is part of who we are. We should make it really important

  20. We should use it to train our children

  1. The time had come for the actual sacrifice 21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

  2. He had already told them about the sacrifice and what it would mean

  3. He had now told them to go ahead and prepare to have a celebration every year so that they would not forget

  4. The actual night

  5. They were to kill the lamb 21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

  6. Each household would have one lamb 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

  7. The lamb would be in the house with them from the 10th to the 14th 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

  8. That lamb was to be a male of the first year, without blemishes 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

  9. They will be the blood on their doorway 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

  10. They have killed the lamb

  11. They have put the blood on the door

  12. They were to go inside and wait till morning

  13. The Lord would pass over that night 23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

  14. The destroyer would go from house to house killing the firstborn

  15. Animals and humans would die

  16. If there was blood then the Lord would not let the destroyer in that house

  17. In the middle of the actual instructions, He reminds them to never forget 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

  18. I will get you out of here

  19. I will prove my power

  20. Now don’t you forget it

  21. Use this to teach your children of my greatness 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

  22. They will ask why you do things at church the way you do them

  23. You should take every opportunity to explain to them the why

  24. Tell them who He is

  25. Tell them what He did

  26. Tell them what He can do for them

  27. God has made provision for His people to protect them.

  28. They can be saved if they choose to believe Him and obey

  29. They must act on what they know

  30. God has made provision for us today in what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary

  31. Just like we see here that God takes time to tell them to remember we see Jesus before He dies, do the same thing with His apostles

  32. Now God makes His move on the unbelievers 29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

  33. At midnight God started

  34. From the firstborn of Pharaoh himself to the firstborn of the animals

  35. Children were dying everywhere 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

  36. Pharaoh wants Moses and Aaron to get their people out of his land

  37. This time they can all go, children, wives, livestock, everything

  38. The Egyptians realize that they are all dead men 33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

  39. The Egyptians gave the Israelites everything that they needed if they would just leave. The Israelites stripped Egypt of her wealth

  40. Death is still moving and men and women are still dying and going to Hell

  41. There is still a way to be saved.

  42. We must share the message and urge people to come to Christ

  43. The mixed multitude goes along 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

  44. People of different ethnic backgrounds go along

  45. The problem isn’t their race or ethnicity but their faith

  46. It appears that they go along looking for what they can get

  47. There is death in Egypt and life with the Israelites

  48. Possibly some believed but later this mixed multitude will cause trouble Numbers 11:4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

  49. They could become one with Israel but it meant leaving who they were and becoming one with God’s people

  50. There are still people who come to church, get involved in religion but never have truly believed from the heart

  51. They damage the church and its work. They are here for what they can get not because they love Jesus and want to serve Him.

  52. One law for all 49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

  53. No stranger or foreigner was to eat the Passover 43 And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

  54. If a servant had been paid for and then circumcise he could eat, be part of the family 44 But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

  55. If they were just there temporarily or passing through then this ordinance wasn’t for them 45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

  56. The sacrifice was not to be taken out of the house nor a bone broken 46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

  57. This is more than just a meal

  58. It represents Jesus dying on the cross

  59. Not a bone of His was broken

  60. What He did is never to be taken lightly

  61. The feast, the ordinance was not optional. If you are in then you are all the way in 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

  62. Others could be welcomed to the feast but would first have to be one that believed and obeyed 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

  63. They were to treat all alike. The obedient could eat. The disobedient could not

  64. There were no second class citizens and there were no exceptions made

  65. You either got circumcised or you were not invited

  66. If you did decide to be circumcised, leave who you were, and join the jews, then you were more than welcome

  67. Today we need to learn that we never lower the truth to get more members.

  68. All are welcome but they must come according to what He has said that He expects

  69. There is one law for all

  70. You must realize you have sinned and turn to Jesus

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