Country and Culture

Remembering the Birthday of a Nation

God promised Abraham that He would make a nation from his descendants.  It took hundreds of years for this to happen but ultimately came to pass and God prepared Moses to bring this family-now nation out of Egyptian bondage.  It took ten plagues before a hard hearted Pharoah let the people go.  Even then, they wandered in Egypt for forty years before finally entering the land of promise where they became established as a nation.   The turning point of their Independence was the Passover, when God, in a miraculous demonstration of power,struck down the firstborn of the Egyptians. Out of the many amazing things that God did for them on the long road to their destiny of becoming a nation, Passover was a major event and feast to be celebrated year after year. They were commanded by God not only to celebrate it, but to use it to teach the rising generation of their heritage, and about how God birthed the nation of Israel.  (Exodus 13:8)

Founding Father Elias Boudinot noticed a correlation between the account of Exodus 13 and the American Independence. Like Israel, many years leading up to and following the american independence, but the turning point specifically was this event: The approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4.  In his famous speech in 1798, Elias Boudinot expounded on the significant parallels between Israel and what happened in America 4 millennia later.  

The deliverance of the children of lsrael from a state of bondage to an unreasonable tyrant was perpetuated by the Paschal [Passover] Lamb;and enjoining it on their posterity as an annual festival forever, with a“remember” this day in which ye came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” [Exodus 13:3]…. Let us then, my friends and fellow citizens,unite all our endeavors this day to remember with reverential gratitude to our Supreme Benefactor all the wonderful things He has done for us in our miraculous deliverance from a second Egypt—-another house of bondage.  And thou shalt show thy son on this day saying.” this day is kept as a “day of joy and gladness because of the great things the Lord hath done for us, when we were delivered from the threatening power of an invading foe. “And it shall be a sign unto thee, upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes that the law of the Lord may be in thy mouth, for with a strong hand”hast thou been delivered from thine enemies: “Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year,”  forever [Exodus 13:8-10].*

The Fourth of July is an annual day of celebration and remembrance like that in Exodus 13– one of many American practices with a Biblical precedent.  

*Elias Boudinot, An Oration Delivered at Elizabeth-Town, New Jersey. Agreeably to a Resolution of the State Society of Cincinnati, on the Fourth of July MDCCXCIII (Elizabeth-Town NJ):Shepard Kollock, 1793), pp.6-7, Evans #25219.  Sources of information from The Founders Bible, pg. 106-107.