Br. Luke Ditewig
Br. Luke Ditewig

Exodus 12:37-42

Remember the great salvation night when God brought our ancestors out of slavery in Egypt. As hundreds of thousands with neighbors and livestock, they fled. They were pushed out, having to leave quickly in the moment. “They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.”

They had not prepared food for the journey. All they had was their daily dough, and they could not prepare it as they were accustomed. They had to leave “before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders.”[i]

God’s salvation is sometimes amid quick change and loss. Go now. Leave. There is no time to pack or prepare. We take what we have, kneading bowls on our shoulders, and adapt our routines, learning to bake bread without leaven. Salvation is a gift. It does not come on our terms, as we dream up, plan for, or prepare.                                   

God saves. We receive in motion. We walk, right now, out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, through the wilderness for forty years eating bread provided from heaven. 

What seems lacking for you today? What are you walking into that you did not dream up, have not planned nor prepared for?   How are you adapting, learning to bake a new bread today?

God is with us here, in the change, disruption, and confusion. God is providing. Notice how you are being fed, especially in new forms. Receive in motion. Bake dough today even without leaven or from the morning dew. God is saving still, and God will provide for you.


[i]Exodus 12:34

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8 Comments

  1. Roben Campbell on July 2, 2020 at 15:47

    very lovely commentary!

  2. Mary Naumann on July 2, 2020 at 08:31

    Words especially significant now. Blessings!

  3. Diane on July 2, 2020 at 07:28

    Thank you! I rely on your emails as my church is closed because of COV! Need this daily message to help me through this time.

  4. Rick Porter on July 2, 2020 at 06:59

    This is such a timely message a year later
    with the deadly pandemic roaming the land unseen amid the cries of those struck down,
    the cries for social justice and revolution,
    so many all around the world out of work, angry and fearful,
    the fear and hate of Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives for each other,
    the contempt for authority and the representatives of the organizations we have erected and supported to govern and support us and finally,
    the inability to even talk civilly about any of these problems.

    We have been driven out into the dessert by the natural forces of disease and the cycles of human responses to massive change. But the why is not really important. The dessert will be our home for some years until we settle back into another life structure. And so, for this period we must live with the assurance that:

    “God is with us here, in the change, disruption, and confusion. God is providing. Notice how you are being fed, especially in new forms. Receive in motion. Bake dough today even without leaven or from the morning dew. God is saving still, and God will provide for you.“

  5. Bev Cone on July 2, 2020 at 06:40

    Put this message into the context of Covid-19, and it is even stronger and more urgent than when it was written. As I live into a new way of life, these words are very meaningful in a new way.

  6. Robert Marriott on July 1, 2020 at 19:15

    Very prescient remarks. A year on from when this sermon was delivered we are reeling through a pandemic and being challenged afresh about racism and inequality. All the more reason to deploy the kneading bowls on our shoulders and “bake the right bread” for our times. To be confident that God still provides the resources to face the onward journey.

  7. Roben Campbell on October 20, 2019 at 07:18

    Very lovely, and I will walk through this day to keep open to the moment throughout.

  8. Pat on August 1, 2019 at 22:31

    Thank you. I needed to hear this

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