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.
Today’s Reading: Exodus 5-8
Highlights of Today’s Reading: Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh, but he has no interest in letting the children of Israel go. Pharaoh is angered and increases the burdens on the children of Israel. This trouble causes the people to turn against Moses and causes Moses to question God (5:21-23). God begins to bring plagues (Blood, Frogs, Lice, Flies) on Egypt but Pharaoh refuses to let them go.
It quickly becomes apparent that leaving Egypt is not going to be easy. As is often the case with our frustrations and troubles, this delay and difficulty will be an opportunity for God to do something that would have otherwise been impossible. What was God able to do because of the stubbornness of Pharaoh (See 6:1, 7:3-5, 8:22, looking ahead – 10:1,2)?
More on Pharaoh’s stubbornness tomorrow.
Today’s Reading: Exodus 1-4
In Today’s Reading: Several generations after the death of Joseph the children of Israel have multiplied greatly in Egypt. A new Pharaoh feels threatened by their strength and begins to oppress them. The Israelites cry out to God and he prepares and sends Moses.
Moses was a reluctant leader. At the burning bush (chapter 4) he makes 4 excuses to try to get out of the task God has given him. Why do you think he was so reluctant to obey God’s command? Does it seem odd that God would want someone so hesitant to be the leader?