Demonstrate Your Faith

Yael Eckstein  |  January 21, 2021

Engraving by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (March 26, 1794 - May 24, 1872) The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man must get one lamb for the people in his house. If there are not enough people in his house to eat a whole lamb, he must share it with his closest neighbor, considering the number of people. There must be enough lamb for everyone to eat. The lamb must be a one-year-old male that has nothing wrong with it. This animal can be either a young sheep or a young goat. Take care of the animals until the fourteenth day of the month. On that day all the people of the community of Israel will kill them in the evening before dark. The people must take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. On this night they must roast the lamb over a fire. They must eat it with bitter herbs and bread made without yeast. "This is the way you must eat it: You must be fully dressed as if you were going on a trip. You must have your sandals on and your walking stick in your hand. You must eat it in a hurry; this is the Lord's Passover. "That night I will go through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn animals and people in the land of Egypt. I will also punish all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. But the blood will be a sign on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. Nothing terrible will hurt you when I punish the land of Egypt. "You are always to remember this day and celebrate it with a feast to the Lord. Your descendants are to honor the Lord with this feast from now on. the Exodus 12:1, 3-8, 11-14 illustration was published in "Die Bibel in Bildern"(1860) scan by Ivan Burmistrov The First Passover

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. — Exodus 12:13

Each week in synagogue, Jews read through the Torah from Genesis to Deuteronomy. The Torah portion for this week is Bo, which means “come,” from Exodus 10:1–13:16.

You would probably never guess this, but at one point in my life, my plan was to become a veterinarian. I have always loved animals — their beauty, intelligence, and the wondrous way that God created them has always been a marvel to me. And, I have always believed that animals can teach us a lot about ourselves, both how we should act and how we shouldn’t.

I once read an interesting fact about African antelopes known as impalas. They are capable of jumping to a height of ten feet and covering a distance greater than thirty feet. Yet, impalas can be kept in any zoo behind a mere three-foot wall. Why? Because impalas will not jump where they cannot see. They become the keepers of their own prison.

Demonstrating Our Faith in God

In this week’s Torah portion, we read that God instructed the Israelites to slaughter a lamb and place the blood on their doorposts so that God would pass over their houses during the plague of the death of the firstborn. The Jewish sages explained that God didn’t need a sign — He already knew who lived in each home. However, the purpose of the directive was so that the Israelites would demonstrate their unwavering faith in God and His protection.

In ancient Egypt, sheep were considered deities. When God commanded the Israelites to slaughter the sheep and place the blood on their doorposts, He essentially asked them to kill an Egyptian god and to demonstrate their faith by placing the evidence on their homes. The Israelites knew that this act would likely provoke their Egyptian masters to try to kill them. Yet, they did it anyway, demonstrating their faith in God and making them worthy of redemption.

Often enough, all it takes for our salvation is faith in God. We can be like the impalas, imprisoned by our own lack of trust, afraid to go where we cannot see. Or, we can be like the Israelites on the eve of the Exodus. We can place our trust in God and step out in faith. When we are willing to follow God, even when we cannot see where we are headed, He will lead us out of our difficulties and take us places we never dreamed of.

Your Turn:

Which Bible verse inspires your faith in God when going through uncertain times? Share your verse below.

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