(CNN)Each year, millions of Jews gather at Passover to remember their Hebrew forbears’ exodus from Egypt, where they escaped thanks to 10 divinely sent plagues.
As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, some of the parallels are hard to miss.
“The plagues are a central part of the Seder experience,” says Rabbi Elana Friedman, the chaplain of Jewish life at Duke University. “This year it feels like we have an 11th plague circling us.”
For many Jews, Passover is a celebratory affair, with friends and family gathering in homes, crowding around tables, feasting on food and good conversation. It’s by far the most-celebrated holiday of American Jewish life, with 70% saying they participate in seders each year.
But the holiday, which begins Wednesday evening and lasts for 8 days, will look quite different this year. Read CNN article
Many are seeing the significance of the Exodus account this year in a new way. In this COVID-19 pandemic, the deliverance from the tenth and final plague, death of the firstborn, only by God’s specific instructions to place the blood of a passover lamb on their doorposts, it is pretty hard not to make the connection. God alone can save us. We need to turn to him now! We do pray that Jesus, our Passover lamb (1 Cor. 5:7), will become real to all, and many will know that only his blood can free from sin and cover our households from this very real plague (Ex. 12:13).