by CharlesRobey
(Trussville, AL USA)

"As the sun was about to set, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great dark dread descended upon him. And He God said to Abram, "Know well that your offspring shall be strangers in a land not theirs, and they shall be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years; but I will execute judgment on the nation they shall serve, and in the end they shall go free with great wealth ... And they shall return here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete" (Genesis 15:12-14,16).

Young Levi was your typical Jewish teen. Not actually, as he had never had a taste of freedom. For all his life his family had been under bondage. So he never took part in the boyhood games of his day.

From the time Levi had reached thirteen, the age of his Bar Mitzvah maturity, he was called on to help his family complete the daily task, or labor task which the slave-master would prescribe for the family.

So in order to meet this task, which changed almost daily from bad to worse, all the family, including the children, were required to pitch in. And the more they did, the more that was expected of them. You see, these slave-masters would receive bonuses for slave productivity.

"Don't cry Mommy, our God Yahweh will see us through all of this. I just know he will."

"Thank you, Levi, you always had enough faith for the lot of us," Mommy sobbed.

Well, things were about to change, and change drastically for the better. For the word on the street was that their God "Yahweh" was about to
deliver them out of this oppressive bondage.

Then one day Levi's Dad suddenly disappeared for several hours and when he came back he had good news. "I guess you all wondered where I have been. I just attended a secret group gathering with our leader Moses. You know about those nine plagues Yahweh has brought on against our opposition? Well, there will be one last plague, more drastic than all the others put together.

And when this occurs, the oppressor will surely let us go. We have the word of Moses on this one, for he has talked directly with Yahweh. However, it is critical that we follow Moses' instructions that were handed down from Yahweh, God. (Exodus 11:1) We will surely be set free this time around."

"What is this last plague that's so terrible that the oppressors will be willing to let us go, and what will we need to do in preparation for our get-a-way, Dad," Levi asked.

"Well son, I can't tell you about the plague just yet but I will say this is what we will need to do. Each household is to separate an unblemished year-old male lamb and keep it till the time is right. The lamb is to then be killed and his blood sprinkled on our doorposts and on the door lintel of our home."

"Then, that same night our family is to roast the lamb over fire and then eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. And if we have any lamb meat left over, we are to burn it with fire."

"And when we do eat this feast, we are to eat it in haste and be ready to go with our loins girded, our sandals on and our staves in our hands. This will forever be known as the "Lord's Passover." (Exodus 12:5-11)

Now let me explain to you all. Yahweh's death angel will go throughout all the land on the appointed night, killing all firstborn of both man and beast. (Exodus 11:5) This will be the final judgment and plague against our oppressors, and none of us are to go outside our houses until morning." (Exodus 12:12) This blood on the door shall be a sign for us, that when the death angel sees the blood He will pass over us." (Exodus 12:13)

Levi couldn't sleep that night, hoping for this blessed event to come quickly.

Then a little later it happened. It was time. All Jewish families had done as Moses had directed. The screams were terrible. They could be heard throughout l the entire kingdom. And the oppression leaders were furious, including the King, who had lost his son. (Exodus 11:6)

"Is it time Dad?" Levi cried out.

"Yes Son, we will be going quickly," exclaimed Dad.

"But Dad is the blood still there?"

"Yes, son. The blood is still there. It will cover us all," answered Dad. (Exodus 23, 29)

And away they all went, marching out into the barren desert wasteland. (Exodus 12:30-33, 37)

"Daddy, O Daddy, we're free. No more oppression. No more bondage. I can laugh. I can play. And I can worship freely. This freedom is something I've never known, for I've been in bondage all my born days. Thank You, Yahweh. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Amen!

WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD (John G Foote, Published 1892)

Christ our Redeemer died on the cross,
Died for the sinner, paid all his due;
Sprinkle your soul with the blood of the Lamb,
And I will pass, will pass over you.

When I see the blood,
When I see the blood,
When I see the blood,
I will pass, I will pass over you.

Chiefest of sinners, Jesus will save;
As He has promised, that He will do;
Wash in the fountain opened for sin,
And I will pass, will pass over you.

Judgment is coming, all will be there,
Each one receiving justly his due;
Hide in the saving sin-cleansing blood,
And I will pass, will pass over you.

O great compassion! O boundless love!
O loving-kindness, faithful and true!
Find peace and shelter under the blood,
And I will pass, will pass over you.

Author's Postscript

What a happy time this must have been, for this particular ethnicity. I realize I let my imagination run over into the fiction mode a bit, in this blog. However, I trust that you get the point of the chain of events surrounding this true Bible story.

I realize too that all societies and civilizations may not have the same emotional sentiment or reaction toward the particular culture portrayed in this blog. However, history is what it is, and the basic principles of religion still hold true. (Genesis 12:3)

Our living God, Yahweh is still in command in our Twenty-First century.

And this command is what is described to be God's sovereign will. Related Bible scripture; (Psalm 115:3) (Proverbs 16:9) (Isaiah 40:23) (II Chronicles 20:6) (Daniel 2:19-23)

What is Sovereignty?

Sovereignty can be defined as having supreme authority, control, and power over all that has happened, is happening, and will happen in the future in all times across all history. Christians define it as the ruler of the universe, God, having the right, the authority, and the power to govern all that happens and what has, is, or will happen being in accordance to His divine will. He has the right to achieve His purposes and has the power to bring about circumstances that dictate whatever He wills to come to pass. He has complete control of everything and there is nothing that is done that is not done by or allowed through His will. This is expressed by Paul in Romans 8:28 as he writes that “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Taken from- (http://www.patheos.com)

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