I see what you did there, God. All those years ago.
You put forth all the plagues: the bloods and the bugs and the frogs (or a giant frog depending how you translate it).
And when all of that was said and done. When Moses’ leadership alone wasn’t enough to set the Hebrews free–you required some participation.
You said, with arms outstretched, that if you want salvation, I’m going to need a little work and sacrifice from you people.
I imagine there might be some Godfearers in Egypt–some friends–who also put the sign of God upon the door. I imagine there was grace there that is as of yet unknown.
And I wonder, God, if the method to this was the foretaste of the work to come. The understanding that Moses could lead all he wanted but without the people, nothing would happen.
What a great precursor to Jesus who stands with an open hand for our salvation–and at the same time forces no one and waits for our participation.
God is always with us, but are we able to see it?
Lord, how can I participate in my own salvation? How can I help others paint their doors with the sign of God?
In an era where we continue to think it’s every person for themselves, I’m praying that you show us how to be more like the people in Exodus–who although they complained every step of the way, and fumbled and made mistakes. In the end they understood that my freedom is wrapped up in yours.
Lord teach us to be safe and free, teach us how to love and serve one another. Help us to participate in our own Passover today. Not because we are better than anyone else, but because we want every single person who can be saved, to be saved.
I pray this is your most holy name. Amen.