"The Lord said to Moses, 'Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.' Then Moses said to the people, 'Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand." Exodus 13:1-3a
In his book, The Barbarian Way, Erwin McManus says, "To belong to God is to belong to His heart. If we have responded to the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow Him, then there is a voice within us crying out, 'Fight for the heart of your King!'" The word "consecrate" means "to separate" or "to set apart." When someone or something was consecrated to God, that means he or she or it belonged to God. In the book of Exodus, God was rescuing Israel. He was redeeming Israel. As the Israelites were leaving Egypt, God wanted His children to observe redemption and consecration in a ceremony. Exodus 13:6-9 says, "For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord. Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. On that day tell your son, 'I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.' This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand." This was an important time and an important ceremony for the Israelites. God wanted them to know Him intimately, and God wanted them to know all that He had done to rescue them and to redeem them. Redemption came from the might hand of God, and redemption came at a price, a sacrifice. Redemption came through the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Today, you and I can experience rescue and redemption. We need to be rescued from sin. We need to be redeemed by God. We need a spotless and blameless lamb, the Lamb of God. We need Jesus. Once we admit our sin and believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have eternal life. We become the redeemed of God. Paul tells us in Galatians 3:23-29, "Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Praise be to God for Jesus Christ, our perfect Lamb! We are consecrated to God through Jesus. We belong to God. We are set apart to God and for God. We are set apart for the purposes of God. Today, we are called to remember God's grace and mercy. We are called to remember the sacrifice that was made for us through the cross of Jesus. We are called to consecration. We belong to the heart of our King. Let us fight for the heart of our King.! Let us teach our children about the goodness and greatness of our King, and let us live His awesome redemption out loud!