The Original Fast Food

 

These days, with our busy schedules, meals are often rushed. We eat when we’re running out the door, when we’re in our car, and while we’re standing up. There’s always that next appointment to make. Well, over 3500 years ago, we have a recording of the original fast food meal: the first Passover.

In Exodus 12:11, Moses gave the LORD’s directions for eating the Passover: “This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord's Passover.” If this were modern times, perhaps it would say, “Eat it with your coats on and your cars running.” In those days, people always took their shoes off when they entered a home, and laid aside their staffs (walking sticks). So, to eat with sandals on, cloaks tucked in, and their staffs in their hands meant they were ready to leave in an instant.

Why did Israel have to eat in such a hasty fashion? You know the story. They had to leave Egypt quickly, before Pharaoh changed his mind and had time to recapture them. What does this have to do with you and me? Well, in the same way we wolf down our meals because we have an important appointment to make, we need to be always ready when the LORD has us move. Egypt is a picture of the old life of separation from God (Israel had to leave Egypt in order to freely worship), and the Promised Land is a picture of a life lived in the center of God’s Will, abounding in blessings. We need to have the same attitude that ancient Israel had. We need to run quickly away from sin, depravity, hopelessness, and anything that would pull us back into “Egypt,” so to speak. We need to move decisively towards the calling God has in our lives, without giving the old life a chance to “catch up.”

So, when it comes to “leaving Egypt,” a fast food meal is the best option there is.





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