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Exodus 12:1-28

    The cabin crew for the airline point to the location of the Exits and show you the location of the flotation devices and they demonstrate the proper use of the oxygen mask, should you need it. Most people are not listening, hence why when the plane landed on the Hudson, no one exited onto the wing carrying their flotation device. The demonstration of the use of the oxygen masks, includes a statement that parents should put on their own oxygen mask before they assist their children with putting on the mask?  Why is this instruction so important?  If a parent should be concerned about putting on their oxygen mask first, I think it is safe to say that a parent’s first concern in being a living link to the gospel is to breathe in scripture for themselves and then apply it to their families. The enslaved Israelites had to first believe God and obey him before they could preserve the lives of their children and then become living links to Yahweh’s grace and mercy.

    Passover was a milestone, it marked a new beginning for the Jews and bound them together as a nation. They were leaving behind all they had known. Their long days that had been had been orchestrated at the cruel hands of others. They had homes. They had routines. They had security in the known. When have you had the opportunity to step out into a new experience, the “unknown”? Freedom from bondage sounds thrilling until you have to step out in faith into the unknown. When Yahweh liberates you from bondage, it’s the dawning of a new day and the beginning of a new life.

    Not only was the Passover supper an ordinance to be obeyed (Exodus 12:14, 17, 24, 43), but it was also a memorial to be celebrated to keep alive the story of the Exodus in the hearts of the Israelite nation, as they stepped out into the unknown. “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as festival to the Lord-a lasting ordinance.” (Exodus 12:14) What memorials do we celebrate as a church family?  These celebrations become “living link” opportunities to join together the generations of our church family.  These “living link” opportunities become a breath of fresh air in the life of our church as people share what God is teaching them in His Word because they have chosen to breathe in Scripture for themselves.

    How do we memorialize God’s work in our families? One Grandmother celebrates her grandchildren’s spiritual birthdays with a gift each year. Another Grandpa is quick to share the story of how he came to Jesus. Parents are sharing with their kids what they learned today when they read God’s Word. Without intentionality, it is easy to let the time slip by with our families and not spend time sharing with them what God is teaching us. Yahweh knew it would be too easy for the Israelites to eventually settle in the “Promised Land” and forget. They would forget their cries for rescue from Egyptian enslavement. They would forget the plagues. They would forget the miracles of the walk between the walls of water and the rubble of the walls of Jericho. They would need to put on the “oxygen masks” of the truth of God’s rescue for them and be ready to share it with their children. Therefore, Yahweh established adult Israelites as “living links” to Israel’s past so each new generation would understand what it meant to be a member of God’s chosen generation. 

    As “living links”, let us keep God’s acts of grace and mercy in our lives alive in our conversations and memorializations. How will you tell the story of God’s freeing you from bondage? Who will you tell about the “plagues” that led to your dash to freedom? What miracles of grace will you tell as your representation of “walking between the walls of water”? Who will rejoice with you at the stronghold that God has turned to rubble? “Living links must be willing to first place the “oxygen mask” of God’s Word over their heart so they can lead the next generation. In 1 Peter 2: 5, we read, “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

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