Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Receiving us with open arms

There is a place in our Passover reading where children attending the Seder are encouraged to participate. The youngest child is to ask the question, "Why is this a special night?" The answer is of course the telling of the events surrounding the Exodus. As we all listen to the answer, we see the plan of salvation for all people unfold. The sacrificial blood sprinkled on the doorpost was to be a sign that the households of the Iraelites would be passed over when the angel of death struck down the firstborn of the Egyptians. We read the words, "I will deliver you with an outstretched arm."

Qavah, being the youngest at our table asked the question again this year. However this year she has peppered me with questions about the sacrifice on Calvary. It is as though that event has stood out in her mind as the place to focus her attention. She has handed me her little blue Bible and asked me to read about it again. I am watching scripture come alive when I observe her interest. As Jeremiah foretold (in Jeremiah 31:34) "No longer will a man teach his neighbor saying, 'Know the Lord,' Because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest." She seems to understand that the event was a great and terrible day.

Long ago it was foretold that He would redeem us with an outstretched arm. Those arms are still open today and are ready to receive whosoever will believe Him.

Jeremiah 31:31 The time is coming saith the Lord when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the House of Judah.