Pharaoh sins against God time and time again, so God prepares one more act in order to convert Pharaoh’s heart.
He institutes the feast of Passover, a precursor to the day when His only Son will be sacrificed and his blood spilled in order to save the whole of humanity. The people of Israel prepare the feast as instructed, eating the lamb whilst standing and dressed ready to travel at a moment’s notice. The blood of the lamb is daubed on the doorposts to protect those who are faithful to God.
Just as God instructed Moses on how the Israelites should prepare to leave the land of bondage where they have been held as slaves for over 400 years, so Jesus took his disciples to one side and taught them in private.
He told them how he would be arrested, flogged and crucified but on the third day he would rise from the dead. But they did not understand. They still held an earthly view of the Kingdom of Heaven and asked for the best seats to be reserved for themselves.
Jesus then reminded them that he came to serve not to be served and that is our mission in life. To serve God by spreading the Good News of the Gospel to others, through our words and actions and the way we live our lives. We are to expect no reward.
Scripture: Exodus 10:1-12:13; Matthew 20:1-28; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 6:6-11