Exodus 12

Exodus 12 has God instructing Moses and Aaron about the coming plague where the firstborn of every family and all livestock would be killed.  This is a memo no one can afford to miss.  “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. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning”.  This is very specific instruction, and it has to be delivered to every home of God’s people so they would be spared.

“For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you”.  This is God’s way of finally setting His people free.  There is no question with this plague that He is in control.  And it is the beginning of a celebration that God ordained to remember this night.  “It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses”.

So “the people of Israel went and did so”.  Pretty amazing really, but Moses and Aaron obviously did a great job of instructing the people.  God did exactly what He said He would.  “At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, 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”.  Can you imagine that night.  Every home was affected.  “And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead”.

But this plague worked and Pharaoh “summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, Up, go out from among my people”.  No strings this time.  Just get out was the message, and not sometime, but right now.  “The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste”.  They’d had enough pain and suffering by preventing the Israelites from going to worship God as He has asked.  This was no small movement as “about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children….nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves”.  They left in a rush but it was a big group to move – not only the people but also all their livestock and belongings.  But God has done His work and now they are being set free.

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