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Set free to celebrate

By Steve Jeffery, 29 May 2017

Set free to celebrate

In Exodus 5:1, Moses confronts Pharaoh, demanding that the Egyptian King should let the people of God go free. What's remarkable is the reason he gives:

“Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.”’”

There were lots of reasons why the LORD wanted his people to be free from slavery in Egypt. He wanted them to be able to hear his law and learn to walk in his ways; he wanted their daily lives to be set free from the burden of making bricks without straw; he wanted them to live in the Promised Land and enjoy his promised goodness.

But here a different reason is given. The LORD wanted his people to be free to celebrate and enjoy fellowship with one another and with him by eating and drinking together.

Right from the beginning of their existence as a distinct people, feasting has always been a way of life for God's people.

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