Monday, AUGUST 27
SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 13
BY: Josh Boles
A good portion of chapter 13 is a continuation of the passover requirements. Jeremy already covered most of what we need to know so we will move on to something else in chapter 14. Before we move on it is important why God gave the Israelites these rules for the passover. As it says multiple times throughout, it is so they can remember what happened the day they were lead out of Egypt. If you have read the rest of Exodus and the entirety of the Old Testament you will certainly know that the Israelites continually had trouble remembering all the good things the Lord had done for them.
We know that the Israelites were getting ready, or so they thought, to enter into the promised land. Chapter 13 mentions in a couple of places that this land had been promised to their ancestors. If you glance back to Genesis 15, the Promise Land is first promised to Abraham. This promise is reaffirmed to Issac in Genesis 26, and then again to Jaccob in chapter 28. Being in slavery for over 400 years, I’m sure the Israelites needed help remembering this promise, so the Lord had some preparation for them to do.
One of these important things was the passover feast which we have already discussed. The second we see here starting in verse 11 is the redeeming of “every firstborn of the womb.” There is something very important here that we might miss if we don’t dig a little deeper. In verse 13 the Israelites are told to redeem every first born donkey. This does not mean that they would have had to sacrifice the donkey. It means that they would have instead sacrificed a spotless lamb in place of the donkey. This, I’m sure would have been absurd for the Israelites to hear, but God is also reminding them that everything they have and everything in the earth is His anyways.
Learning that everything we have is the Lord’s is an important lesson to learn but there is something much bigger at play here. There is somewhere else in the Bible where we can read a story about something dirty and unclean being redeemed by something so beautiful, and so pure. The Gospel! What a beautiful picture of redemption this is. Can you see the continuity of the scripture here? Can you see how every line and every word is so beautifully intertwined. Friends let me remind you that the Bible has no mistakes. Christ dying on the cross was not plan b. Christ is the perfect picture and perfect plan of salvation from Genesis to Revelation. What a wonderful Savior we serve!
Before we are done there is one more thing I would like to mention. In verse 21 we read about how the Lord went ahead of them and prepared the way. We read of the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. In chapter 13 the Lord wanted Israel to remember what He had done for them, but He was also leading them to something great. He had gone before them and would provide a way for them to accomplish the impossible. What are some things that you need to be reminded of? What are some things the Lord has done in your past that might seam clouded by trials that have overtaken you? More importantly, what does God have in front of you? No matter what is it just remember that He has gone before you. He has prepared a way for you! Be encouraged!