by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Exodus 10:1-12:13; Psalm 26:1-12
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.
In this passage, Moses gave instructions for Israel to prepare the Passover meal. I am amazed at how just and practical the laws of God are. In this instance, God did not demand a small family to offer a whole lamb. Instead, they could combine with another small family, as long as everyone has enough to eat. Yes, the lamb wasn’t just for sacrificial purposes, it’s for eating too!
City dwellers like us cannot appreciate what it is like to slaughter a lamb of our own, and then eating it. It could be liken to eating our pet dog during a time of famine. Yes, the little male lamb would have been part of the household for about a year. For a small family, it might be the only young lamb. It might even have a pet name. And so it was with much thankfulness and respect that the father killed the lamb, and the mother prepared it for the family to consume – and enjoy. A life must be given, for another life to be sustained – be it plant or animal or fungi. So, the next time we eat our chicken rice – remember the sacrifice, and give thanks!
Lord, help me never to take anything for granted.