Each year the Church of God observes an Old Testament ceremony. A ceremony called The Night To Be Much Observed. Why would a modern day church observe this ancient ceremony? Let’s understand.
The “Night To Be Much Observed to the LORD”, is observed in remembrance of the night when Old Testament Israel departed from Egypt and it is a type of our coming out of sin and coming out of this world. We celebrate this ceremony with a meal, with unleavened Bread, commencing the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread. Exodus 12:41 “And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It is a NIGHT TO BE MUCH OBSERVED UNTO THE LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt: this is THAT NIGHT of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.” There are still generations of Israel!
This was quite an event when you consider the magnitude of this group of people! Verse 37 “And the children of Israel journeyed from Ramses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 38 and a mixed multitude went up also with their flocks and herds, even very much cattle. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.”
Deuteronomy 16:1 “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee out of Egypt by night. 3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it (the Passover); seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: THAT THOU MAYEST REMEMBER THE DAY WHEN THOU CAMEST FORTH OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT ALL THE DAYS OF THY LIFE.”
Do you see the parallel? God commanded Israel to observe this night when HE delivered them out of Egypt. Egypt is a type of sin. So, we should observe it to remember when God called us out of sin!
So how can we neglect the keeping of “a night to be much observed or remembered”, the very beginning of the days of unleavened bread?! To forget to follow God’s command to do this, is COMPROMISING GOD’S WORD.
This year 2010, The Night To Be Much Observed is on the evening of March 29th. I hope all of you will observe this day, it is to Be A Night To Be Much Observed.