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Exodus 12 - The Passover

All those who are covered by the blood of the lamb must live as pilgrims, ready to go home at all times.

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Exodus 12 Summary

We've jumped from God's introducing Himself to Moses and sending him to free the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt to the very last of the ten plagues.

God gives Moses, who must then communicate it to the people, very specific instructions that must be followed so that the angel of death will pass over their homes. Not only was this specific action required on the fateful night God executed His judgement on Egypt, but it was to be celebrated each year into perpetuity as a reminder to subsequent generations.

There was not an Egyptian home that remained untouched by death that night (v30), while at the same time the Israelites were well fed, prepared for a journey, and given whatever they asked for as they left (v36).

Dig Deeper

Remember our main goal as we read through these historical narratives (A.K.A. 'Bible Stories'). They are not just dry facts giving us the history of a certain people group. Neither are they only moral tales providing advice for how to navigate through life. And they must not remain stories that we learned as Sunday school children decades ago as if they were just another fairy tale.

Our main goal with these narratives is to better understand what it is that Christ accomplished for us on the cross. The moral in this story isn't the dietary benefits of eating bitter herbs or unleavened bread, but the crystal clear message that everyone who is covered by the blood of the lamb will escape judgment.

This story also sets up a premise that was true of God's people then and remains true today: we are pilgrims who have been set free from slavery and are working our way towards the Promised Land.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father is the great I AM (v12)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will live in such a way that your proverbial belt is fastened, your sandals are on your feet, and you're ready to leave at a moments notice.




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