“In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’S Passover” (Exodus 12:11).
If you are planning an early morning trip with small children, sending them to bed in traveling clothes (except shoes) will be a clever idea. Since in the wee hours of the morning they may still be sleepy, making them dress up will not be easy, and the flight will take off without your family. Even if you do not have children on the trip, always go to bed ready for the trip, so that you may have important things like, passport, credit card, and so on with you.
Israelites had been in Egypt for 430 years. That’s quite a long time. However, finally the moment of their deliverance has come. God told them to slaughter the Passover lamb and mark their door posts with its blood so that the angel of death will pass over them. That night is the night of their deliverance from Egypt.
The first Passover was a celebration of their holy expectation. They had to be ready mentally and physically for God’s deliverance that night. So, they had to be dressed up for the long journey to the promised land, with walking gear (sandals and staff) as they ate the roasted Passover lamb with unleavened bread. The unleavened bread also signifies urgency since there was no time to keep the dough overnight to leaven.
God expects his people to live hopefully, expecting him to intervene even in our mundane routines. God will act in his own time, but we should always be ready for his act.
Prayer: I know that you never sleep or slumber but are ready to act on behalf of your children. I believe that you will do something today in my life to reveal your glory.