January 25, 2013 – The Exodus From Egypt

Today’s Reading: Exodus 12-13:16

Highlights: The 10th plague, death of the firstborn, strikes Egypt and Pharaoh begs the children of Israel to leave. Instructions were given to the children of Israel concerning how they would escape the plague and also how they will observe a weekly feast each year as a memorial of how God had set them free. This is the origin of Passover.

The passover night was a horrible night for the Egyptians. So horrible that even Pharaoh had had enough of the Israelites. But even the good Egyptian families lost their firstborn sons.

For the Israelites, the night liberated them from bondage and was the beginning of their being an independent nation.

How do you think the horror of the Passover night affected the children of Israel, that night, and the memory of it in generations to come? Give some thought to 12:42.


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7 Responses to January 25, 2013 – The Exodus From Egypt

  1. Jimmy Haynes

    Its so difficult to not look ahead in making application of all this history. So much of it foreshadows what God will do for us spiritually through Jesus The cross of Jesus was like the passover night…a horrifying, dark event, that set us free from sin. We remember the cross in the Lord’s supper – with solemness as think about Jesus’ death, but also celebration because of His resurrection!

    • Mary K

      Yes, I agree. Since i know how the story ends it is hard not to look ahead. My comparison probably doesn’t apply, but I think of the Egyptians’ agony over their loss speaks to a soul without God and Israel’s celebration of freedom speaks to a soul with God.

  2. Jeff

    I am always struck with how many details were to be followed in the old law. This Passover is no exception. It’s like to have to hold your mouth right while balancing on one foot when taking the Passover. Not to make light of it but just from my perspective I can’t understand why some of these things were necessary. Perhaps it was all part of God’s plan to make a separate people who had distinct customs.

    It is also very interesting that when Pharaoh finally lets the people go the last thing he tells Moses and Aaron……….Oh and go ahead and bless me.

    What! You’ve been a lying, conniving, arrogant Jerk to us and now you want to be blessed?

  3. Andrew

    I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been llike to be there on that night. It can’t have been a quiet evening. Surely there must have been screaming and weeping as firstborn died all over the nation. I figure children would have been terrified to hear the sorrow going on around them. I am sure it made following the passover feast in later years a very important event. I doubt they could take it lightly. Where those who did not live through it would observe it, it could be difficult to fully grasp it’s importance (though not impossible). Those who lived through it would have had insight into that evening that others just wouldn’t have had.

    Likewise with our remembrance of Jesus’s death. I know there have been times that I found it difficult to focus properly or that I am focused an just not fully comprehending what the memorial is honoring. I think if I had witnessed the event with my own eyes, seen His suffering first hand, that would make the Lord’s supper all the more real to me. On the other hand, those who believe and have not seen are blessed. It is an exercise of mental discipline and faith to focus and give proper respect to the Lord’s sacrifice each time we come to remember Him.

    It is a shame that the Egyptians experienced what they did. I would not wish that on anyone. Yet, they were a nation of non-believers. They worshiped many gods and at times Pharaoh himself. It is God’s right to bring judgement on those He chooses. Also, I think the plagues were necessary to show the Israelites the power of God. The whole nation would not likely have followed Moses if all he was able to do was relay to them what God told him. They probably had to see there was a greater power at work.

  4. Kevin Hyde

    We can God’s promise being fulfilled as the nation went from the 70 of Jacob’s family at the time of Joseph to the 600,000 who left Egypt. Surely it was now a great nation.

  5. Jackie

    Deliverance from the Destroyer could not be bought. No amount of gold could take the place of the blood. Nor was there a family so good that they did not need the blood of a lamb applied as God had said. God had only one plan, and His divine command had to be obeyed.

    Just as the blood of the Passover lamb was the only possible means of saving the life of the firstborn, so the blood of Christ is the only means by which sinful man can receive eternal life.

    Note: I have been amazed that the “Death Angel” has been accepted by so many in the church. Nowhere in these verses does the Bible refer to the Death Angel. God said “I will go through the land of Egypt…” (12:12); “..the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood… the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come…” (v23); “…at midnight the Lord struck all the first-born…” (v29). Reference is made to God himself and once the destroyer.

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