Exodus 13

Exodus 13 has Moses leading the people out of Egypt.  But as he does, God tells him to “Consecrate to me all the firstborn”.  Remember that God killed all things firstborn in Egypt – the last plague that caused Pharaoh to set His people free.  And now God wants His people to consecrate all the firstborn to Him.  God desires the people to never forget He alone has set them free.  They are to celebrate this with an annual event and remember the Passover that God provided.

He gives them this instruction.  “You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt”.  Another of those things we are to remember and never forget.  God set the people free.  It wasn’t something Moses and Aaron did – it was God.  And they are to be sure that they teach it was “with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt”.  That same strong hand of God is what works in our lives each and every day.  His is able.  He is willing.  He is doing it all the time.

God already knows that Pharaoh is going to have a change of heart and come after His people.  So “God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle”.  They take a longer route and go toward the Red Sea because that will be instrumental in God continuing His protection.  It didn’t makes sense, but Moses led the people as God instructed and we’ll soon find out just how very important it was for Moses to obey and do exactly what God said.

Timing is everything in this story, so “the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night”.  Without God leading the way so they were able to move day and night, the outcome would not have been possible we’ll see soon.  God always has a plan.  He absolutely knows what is going to occur and orchestrates things so His will is complete.  We simply need to trust and obey.  There is no other way to walk with Him!


One response to this post.

  1. Those last two sentences sound like a Hymn!


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