Today I have been touched deeply by the faithfulness of Moses and Aaron. Over the past few chapters we have gone from Moses asking God “WHO AM I” to be able to do this for YOU… I’m not qualified, I don’t have all the credentials, I am not spiritual enough, my speech falters, TO a man who is totally surrendered to God … totally trusting Him. WOW.
As we are about to witness the Israelites leave Egypt, be totally REDEEMED by God through Moses, a song that kept running through my head today was: “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns. LOOK how far Moses has come!!
Chapters 10 -11: we see the Plague of the Locusts, the Plague of Darkness, and the Plague on the Firstborn. I am not going to go into detail with these today since I did the chart yesterday on each of the plagues. It is interesting to me that in two of the plagues, Moses is NOT instructed by God to give warning to Pharaoh that they are coming. All the rest, Pharaoh is given warning…. but he either doesn’t believe, doesn’t care, or simply his pride won’t allow him to give in. Pharaoh had warnings of most of the plagues which means he could have changed the direction of things if his heart was not so hardened. In any event Pharaoh defied both God and His messengers. Through the first six plagues, Pharaoh’s heart grew more hard because of his own nature. After the sixth plague, God passed judgement showing us that sooner or later evil people will suffer the consequences of their sin. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart in THREE of the 10 plagues… but SIX of the 10 … he did on his OWN. Pride, arrogance, narcissism, rebellion, and worshiping other gods are dangerous things … for Any one! These things can keep any of us from living our best life with Jesus Christ, our Deliverer and Redeemer.
The final judgement was aimed DIRECTLY at Pharaoh’s hardened heart, his OWN son (considered to be a god) would die. However, it is also an event that the Israelites and Egyptians would NEVER forget. How could the Israelites forget the screaming and death even though it was not their firstborns being taken?? I find it interesting that this is the final plague since we started our journey with Moses as a baby under an COMMAND from Pharaoh that ALL Hebrew baby boys were to be killed.
Chapter 12 –God gives Moses VERY DETAILED instructions as to what to do in preparation for the Passover, as well as times. The Israelites followed every detail to the letter.
- THIS MONTH is to the for you the first month, the first month of YOUR year… The month is called Nisan and on our modern day calendar it occurs in the March- April time frame (Spring). EACH year their calendar changes slightly so things may not occur on the same date but it is about the same time of year. What is interesting to me is that Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year in our current world which occurs in the fall in their month of Tishri. I am not Jewish, am not trained in their calendars, nor am I a Bible scholar by ANY stretch of the imagination. I just found this “tidbit” interesting as I was researching. Some commentaries can “prove” that Jesus was not only born during the month of Nisan (because the shepherds would NOT have been in the fields in the winter or in the fall which would have been harvest time); but also that Jesus died in the month of Nisan, in the spring which is the same time the Passover was originally celebrated. It has been an interesting study for me to say the least.
- On the 10th day of the month of Nisan each man was to take a lamb for his family — a year old male lamb (or goat) WITHOUT BLEMISH!! They were to take ONLY the amount their family could eat and if one lamb (or goat) was too much for their family then they were to share with another small family.
- They were instructed to take care of the the animals until the 14th day of the month (which would have been 4 days later) when all the people must slaughter them at twilight.
- Then they take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door-frames of the houses where they eat the lambs. Unlike the other plagues, which the Israelites survived by virtue of their identity as God’s people, this plague required an act of FAITH by them. The same act of faith each of us take when we ask Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior, our Passover Lamb!!
- That same night they were to roast the lamb (they could not eat it raw or boiled) and they had to eat it all. If they could not eat it all they were to burn what remained before morning came. (This may have been a test in obedience or a foreshadow of Christ in that when we receive Christ we are to take ALL of HIM … not just parts of HIS Word.. ALL of Him and surrender ALL of ourselves to HIm … I have read both possibilities in commentaries.) What do you think? JESUS IS OUR PASSOVER LAMB.
- Eat with your cloak tucked in your belts, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s PASSOVER. (In other words, they needed to be READY to leave IMMEDIATELY!!..(do not pass go.. do not collect $200.00)
- On that same night God instructed them that HE wold pass through Egypt and strike down EVERY firstborn (child, or animal) and “I WILL BRING JUDGEMENT ON ALL THE gods of EGYPT.”
- I AM THE LORD (YHWH). The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. NO DESTRUCTIVE PLAGUE WILL TOUCH YOU WHEN I STRIKE EGYPT. AGAIN… this was an act of FAITH, TRUST, AND OBEDIENCE on the part of the Israelites. God KNEW HIS people!! HE did not need the blood on the door to KNOW who was HIS. In this act of obedience, He was further preparing them for things to come in the desert. He was seeing if they would obey. THIS is ALSO very important in God’s TOTAL plans for their REDEMPTION … and ours.
- THIS IS THE DAY YOU ARE TO COMMEMORATE FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME, you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD.
This entire scenario is a foreshadow of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The lamb was a sacrifice, a substitute, of an innocent life that needed to be spared in order to save them. JESUS was a sacrifice, a substitute, of an innocent life that needed to be spared in order to save us. The blood of the lamb will REDEEM their lives. This is SUCH a HUGE point. The Bible shows foreshadows of REDEMPTION, and DELIVERANCE through out the entire Scriptures, (beginning with the shed blood of the innocent animal’s blood that was slain so Adam and Eve could be covered with the animal skins to cover their sins. Each of these foreshadows ALL leading up to JESUS Christ.
Sacrificing the lamb will pay for their sin. The angel of death will spare them. This is a foreshadow of the ultimate plan of redemption. God has set in motion the Lamb of God who will take away the Sin of the World. The Jewish tradition Passover remembers this day for them. We (Gentiles) have the Lord’s supper, we take the Lord’s supper in remembrance of Jesus.
John 1:29 states:
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, THE LAMB OF GOD, who takes away the sin of the world!
1 Corinthians 5:7 states:
Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
According to the BLB, Redeem means “to buy back”. I am always amazed each time I read anything that is meant to “buy us back”. If we are being bought back, that means we once had to be with the Lord. My mind goes to Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” We were in community with God until sin entered into the world in Eden. God needs to redeem us back from that sin. Take us back. Make us his again. To Buy back “at a cost” of course, to ransom. Go back to Exodus 6:6
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.
For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread (bread without yeast). Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. What is the big deal about bread without yeast??? Yeast is often compared to sin in the bible. It only takes a little bit of yeast to make a LOT of bread. It ONLY takes a “little bit” of sin to gradually take hold on our lives and destroy them.
Verse 32 — Pharaoh asked that Moses and Aaron “bless him also.” VERY interesting for an unbeliever!! However, I have seen atheists and life long professed unbelievers ask for prayers when times are desperate!!
Verses 33-36 – “The Egyptians urged the people to HURRY and LEAVE the country for otherwise they said “we will all die.” The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.” (A prophesy fulfilled from Exodus 3:22) You will come to see that all this gold and silver will be used in building the tabernacle.
At the end of 430 years in Egypt, the Israelites were DELIVERED out of Egypt. Moses was their appointed DELIVERER by God. JUST as Jesus is now our DELIVERER, REDEEMER, and so MUCH MORE. Did you notice that “many other people” left Egypt with them?? God was already redeeming and delivering people who were not Israelites. In the last verses of the chapter, God explains the restrictions on celebrating the Passover with foreigners, temporary residents, and aliens. God desired and desires obedience today.
In case anyone else is as deeply touched by music as I am, here is another OLD song which also came to mind in this reading today “Road in the Wilderness” by Larnelle Harris ….. and this is the beginning of that road into the wilderness!!
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow to see what the readings hold!! I’d love to hear what touched you most today. Did anything stand out to you? Did anything touch your heart?? Did any Words jump off the page into your heart today? Tell tell.. I’d love to hear 🙂
Sharing HIS love,