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Exodus 23

“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.

“Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

“Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

“Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord.”

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Categories: Exodus, time

Exodus 12:40

Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.

Wow! That’s nearly twice the age of the United States! 430 years ago was 1585!

God’s timing requires incredible patience.

Categories: Exodus, God, time management

Exodus 20:1-6

And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments” (NIV).

Categories: Exodus, God

Qualified

In verses 43-51, we read that only full-time residents of Israelites qualify to participate in the Passover.

Categories: Exodus, Passover

1581?!

In verses 21-42, we learn about many of the details of the first Passover.

Not only does the angel of death kill Egyptian firstborn males, but the Israelites plunder their former masters by asking for (and receiving!) large quantities of money.

Moses points out that the people escape captivity exactly 430 years after arriving in Egypt.

2011-430=1581

That would be equivalent to escaping a terrible situation that had started way back in 1581.

The scale of time involved is almost unimaginable.

Categories: Exodus, Passover

Yeast-Free

In verses 14-20, we read a description of the process of celebrating Passover in future years, after the escape from Egypt.

It is clear from these verses that chapter 12 is not strictly written in chronological order.

Categories: Exodus, Passover

Angel of Death

In verses 12-13, God describes the tenth plague.

Categories: Exodus
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