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May 29, 2017

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Reading along with us in Exodus? Here’s today’s reading:

Exodus 13 (ESV)

The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.”

3 Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. 4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5 And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory. 8 You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. 10 You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year… Continue Reading

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  1. In the same way the firstborn of the Egyptians was killed in the final plague, the first born of the Israelites are to be dedicated to the Lord. The first born of animals are to be sacrificed. The first born of the people are to be redeemed by an offering. What a reinforcement that everything is the Lord’s but He only requires a portion to be given back. What a reminder of the powerful and dreadful work God did on that first Passover. His mighty hand working on the behalf of His people and freeing them from slavery! I love how future generations are to be told what happened and God gives the way they are to answer in 14 and 15.

    And what a neat way to travel….

  2. Never forget. I like that God uses the hand, between the eyes, and mouth as signs to remember and to testify to the next generations what God has done for them!❤️

  3. I don’t understand Exodus 13:13 and 15, where firstborn donkeys and sons are “redeemed.” Something to look into when I have some extra time!

    I love how God is careful with the fragile dispositions of the Israelites as He leads them out of Egypt. Rather than take them one way, He takes them another, because He doesn’t want them to become fearful. This opens the door for a HUGE miracle coming up in Exodus 14, where they will see that God will fight for them against their mortal enemies! If the parting of the Red Sea doesn’t prove to them that God is on their side, nothing will.

    Look how He leads them, too…so they will know exactly where to go, when to move, and when to stop and rest.

    This is such a great picture of God’s understanding of the special needs of His people. He’s been this way with me all along, and I’m so thankful. God never pushes me into anything He hasn’t prepared me for, and even when I’m reticent, He’s patient. He comes alongside me and considers what my special needs are.

    I often tell teens that each of us has an IEP with God. We’re all “special needs” children in His eyes, every single one of us. He knows us. We can trust Him.

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