Daily reading assignment: Exodus 13-15
The observance of the Passover having been established (12:1-28, 43-51), the people were reminded the difference between the Israelite and Egyptian households was the blood of the lamb Israel applied to the doorposts of their homes. When the LORD saw the blood, He passed over their homes and spared the firstborn. The LORD commanded that the Passover, sacrificing a spotless lamb and eating unleavened bread, would serve as a perpetual memorial, a lasting testimony of when He saved the firstborn of Israel (13:1-3, 6-16).
Four hundred years earlier and believing God’s promise to deliver His people out of bondage, Joseph had requested his bones be taken out of Egypt and buried with his father when the people returned to Canaan (13:17-19).
The LORD comforted the people with a visible testimony of His presence, shadowing Israel with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (13:20-22).
In spite of the ten plagues he and Egypt had suffered, Pharaoh set his heart to pursue Israel that he might once again enslave the people (14:1-9). Israel, encamping on the shores of the Red Sea, saw Pharaoh’s army approaching in the distance and the people began murmuring against Moses (14:10-12) who stilled the hearts of the people with the assurance the LORD was with them (14:13-14).
The LORD parted the waters of the Red Sea, allowing Israel to cross over on dry ground (14:15-22), and delayed Pharaoh’s army by setting a cloud of darkness over the Egyptians. When Israel was safe on the far shore, the LORD lifted the cloud and Pharaoh foolishly pursued Israel into the midst of the waters until the LORD brought them down upon his army (14:23-31).
With Israel securely on the other side of the Red Sea, Moses led the people in a song celebrating the Lord’s salvation and Israel’s deliverance from Pharaoh (15:1-21).
Sadly, reminding us the best of men are sinners at best; a murmuring and discontentment soon arose among the people that began a pattern of sin Israel will follow throughout their sojourn in the wilderness (15:22-27).
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