每日诗歌: Go down, Moses (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtLcELU1brA)
Exodus 11 [Read]
Exodus 12 [Read]
Matthew 18:21-35 [Read]
I love “Negro Spiritual”, a special kind of Christian songs that focus on the suffering and hope of our pilgrimage. One of them is called “Go Down, Moses”. When it’s sung by a good bass voice, this song can shake your heart tremendously. The lyric was based on Exodus, but the emotion was greatly enhanced by the background of those suffering black slaves. The Lord said “let my people go!” And in today’s reading, Pharaoh finally did that.
From the extensive detail recorded in Exodus 12 about the establishment of Passover, we can tell how important this particular day was to, not just the Israelites, but also the Lord. After 430 years of living in a foreign land, being treated badly towards the end, the chosen people of God finally got to leave their wicked master and went home. No wonder even till this day, Passover is still a big day for Jewish people. The words of our reading capture the magnitude of the move (likely over 1 million people in total) and the condition of their leaving (in haste and carrying fortunes from the Egyptians), but it is up to readers like us to use our imagination to capture the atmosphere and emotion of the people. Indeed, the Lord said “let my people go” and it was done!
It should not be too difficult for us to relate this event to the words in Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace”. Jesus is our Moses, and he has led us out of Egypt, out of the bondage of the master called Sin, and put us on the narrow path to our heavenly homeland. When I reflect that on the Matthew passage we read today, I can’t help asking myself: “do I still behave like that unmerciful servant? Am I still under the master of Sin?” From that perspective, I can see Jesus’ commandment of forgiving others as a declaration to our old self, saying “let my people go!”
We are already under grace, and it is only proper for us to reflect that in our heart and in our life. I pray to God to allow that familiar tune of the old spiritual song constantly ringing in our ears: “Let my people go! Let my people go!”
Keep on reading. You are out of Egypt now!