Archive for August 10th, 2011

Exodus 12

Exodus 12 changes history for the Israelites as God delivers the 10th plague on the land.  Moses gets detailed instructions on what will happen for “the Lord’s Passover”.  Check out what God tells him will happen:

–      “I will pass through the land of Egypt that night

–      I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast

–      I will execute judgments

–      I am the Lord

–      when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you

–      when I strike the land of Egypt

The Lord is going to take things to a new level.  Every firstborn will die – except where there s blood on the door posts.  Those homes ill be passed over.  (Catch the reason or the naming of the feast here?)

God has instituted a new feast for His children.  He instructs Moses to “keep it as a feast to the Lord; thoughout your generations, as a statute forever”.  This is the beginning of a new relationship ith God and a game changer for the people.  God is going to bring to fruition what He has told Moses all along – that the people would be set free.  But before that could happen, Pharaoh had to be touched and see God’s hand and realize who was truly in charge.

So Moses gives the instructions on killing a lamb and putting the blood on the doorposts.  “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb.  Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin”.  Very specific instructions that needed to be followed closely.  And the people did it.  “Then the people of Israel went and did so”.  Never doubt the effectiveness of Moses as a leader.  He gets the job done whether he thinks he can speak or not.  He gets God’s direction and just executes and leaves the details to God.  Considering the reality that 600,000 men along with their women and children were set free that night – the fact that all of them did as instructed is nothing short of amazing.  And throw in the fact that “the time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years” makes it even more amazing.  Moses can lead because God blesses his leadership.

God did exactly what He said He would.  “At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn….from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock”. Do you see the picture here?  God touches them all.  He gets their attention personally.  And it causes impact and focus: “there was a great cry in Egypt….not a house where someone was not dead”.  That is God’s power at work. No one was spared except the Israelites where not one person died because of their total and complete obedience.

So what does Pharaoh do?  “He summoned Moses and Aaron by night….Up, go out from among my people….go, serve the Lord, as you have said”.  Get out of here Moses before you cause any more damage.  God sets the people free that night.  And they get up and move out.  Moses didn’t do it – “on that very day the Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts”.  How?  Obedience.  That is the key.  “All the people of Israel did just as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron”.  Are you following God’s direction for your life?  It always works.  Same God.  Same results if we obey like these folks did!

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