A teaching from Todd for you, giving insight into the book of Exodus. Touched By Grace has dedicated itself to releasing a teaching every Sunday and Friday, one to start your week and another to end it.
In Exodus 12:29 we see that Adonai went through the land of Egypt and killed the firstborn of all humans and livestock. Pharaoh finally lets the Hebrews go, however he asked to be blessed. What does this blessing mean to Pharaoh? (Something for you to reflect on.) The Egyptians themselves hurried the Hebrews along due to the fear that they may all end up dead.
God had told the Hebrews to ask the Egyptians for gold, silver, and clothing. The Egyptians gave them whatever they asked for and through this the Hebrews plundered Egypt. The Biblical record shows that 600 hundred thousand men on foot went out of Egypt. When you add women and children to that number you can see how that number would easily grow to around 3 million people.
430 years had passed from the time of Abraham, until the time the Hebrews leave Egypt. All of the tribes went out at this point together to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Can you imagine for a moment what that must have been like? They began to leave everything that was familiar to them. Going out from the daily life, into a new adventure would create quite an exciting start. I am sure knowing that you were freed from slavery in Egypt would have been a joyous occasion. The haste that the Hebrews left in, along with others that were Egyptian, also created quite a disruption.
Archaeological evidence in Avaris shows us that the people that lived in Avaris left in great haste. I learned this from a documentary called, "Patterns of Evidence." Archeology does verify happenings from the Word of God.
God gives us the regulations on how we are to observe the Passover. God makes provision for both Hebrews and foreigners, or Gentiles, to eat the Passover lamb during Passover.
Exodus 13:1-2 “(vii) Adonai said to Moshe, 2 “Set aside for me all the firstborn. Whatever is first from the womb among the people of Israel, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”
Have you ever asked yourself why God asked to set aside every first born from humans and animals?
In Numbers 3:13 “13 All the firstborn males belong to me, because on the day that I killed all the firstborn males in the land of Egypt, I separated for myself all the firstborn males in Israel, both human and animal. They are mine; I am Adonai.”
When we think about this week’s reading in Exodus, we are reminded of how God is bringing people into a relationship with Him. God desires for us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. I encourage each of us to see how detailed God is to make sure the world knows that with every plague God shows Himself to be over the gods of Egypt.
With each step of the process, to bring the Hebrew children out of Egypt, we see God’s master plan come together. Each Torah portion we read brings new insight into how great God is.
There is a blessing as we meditate on the Word and consider Psalms 1:1-3.
Psalm 1:1-3 "How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! 2 Their delight is in Adonai’s Torah; on his Torah they meditate day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams —they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds.”
1.What does it mean to you to hear the words from God that all the first born of livestock and humans are set apart for Him?
2.What does meditating on the Torah (Bible, Scriptures, Word) mean to you?
My prayer is that all of us find our way to Him in Spirit and Truth and come out of our personal Egypt's to find us worshipping Him.