Give Thanks!

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Exodus 10:1-12:13; Psalm 26:1-12

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Exodus 12:3-4
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.

REFLECT
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!

RELATE
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!

REST
Lord, help me never to take anything for granted.

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Day 237

by Rev Joel Yong

Micah 3:1-4
Then I said: Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the nation of Israel. You should know justice. You hate good and love evil. You strip the skin off my people and the flesh off their bones. You eat my people’s flesh. You strip off their skin. You break their bones to pieces. You chop them up like meat for a pot, like stew meat for a kettle. Then you will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer you. He will hide his face from you at that time because you have done evil things.

God is not some vending machine we run to when we have a need.

Vesper*, when he had cancer – was one who clung close to God and hung onto Him for dear life.
But when he got well – he claimed that HE had beat the cancer and gave no credit to God. Subsequently he continued smoking and his cancer came back a 2nd time. Today he lives as if God does not exist in his life. (*Vesper is not his real name but the situation is real and not unique)

God is meant to be followed faithfully in good times and bad times. That is what it means to be called the people of God – for these are people who walk daily in His ways.

We have each fallen and stumbled here and there as we follow God’s path for us but the important thing is to keep following Jesus still. Don’t come to Him only when we have a need to use Him as a lifeline but “discard” Him later.

God will not be taken granted for. He is holy and He calls us to follow Him.