Your Memory Matters

Alec Motyer

READ : Exodus 12:14-50

“A day to commemorate . . . a lasting ordinance.” (12:14, 24 NIV)

A day of safety from divine judgment (vv. 21-24), of deliverance from alien lordship (v. 31), a day of enrichment with the enemy’s spoils (vv. 35-36), and the end of the years of bondage (vv. 40-41). No wonder Israel was to remember the Passover forever!

The Lord commanded not just a day or an evening of remembrance but a whole week: God says the “day” is to be remembered for “seven days” (vv. 14-15). Indeed, so linked are the Passover and the week-long “feast of unleavened bread” that the titles became interchangeable (e.g., Luke 22:1). Bible students differ as to the significance of the use of only unleavened bread, but baking crackers instead of bread made for a simplicity of lifestyle that both recalled the original exodus-time (vv. 33-34) and also began a week of reflecting on the goodness of their redemption and of dwelling on the blood of the lamb. To be sure, Passover night itself was the highlight (v. 42; Isaiah 30:29), but not as a one-night celebration. It opened a full week of spiritual recollection.

How the Lord cherishes his people’s memory, especially their memory (and memorizing!) of his word. The intensity of the Passover puts to shame our superficial way of keeping festival with Jesus. “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).


“This will I do, my dying Lord, I will remember Thee.”