A few weeks ago, Jacki Smith called me and asked a rather simple question – “What is a miracle?” To be frank, it is a rather interesting question that has eluded the secular world for eons. In fact, pop culture has “dumbed down” miracles to the point that it’s a glamorous word that more closely resembles luck or fortunate happenstance than anything divine. Needless to say, the word is perplexing. I was plagued pondering the meaning to this for several days. Of course, I eventually pushed miracles aside and began to study Passover.
During the season of Passover we celebrate the Israeli liberation from the Egyptian Pharaoh and the story is found in the book of Exodus. It occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Ares (Nissan) and always occurs during a full moon. According to the story in Exodus (Shemot in Hebrew), God inflicts ten plagues upon the Egyptians culminating with the worst of the ten plagues being the “death” of the Egyptian first born. In order to protect the Israelites, God instructed them to make their doorsteps with the blood of a slaughtered lamb so that the spirit of the Lord knew to “pass over” the Israeli first born – which is why the holiday is named Passover.