The Way of Escape

Follow Me: Deliverance[1] follow

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 12:1-28 [2]

God’s plan spans generations and his instructions are usually detailed and specific. The lessons taught in each generation are building an image of God that becomes clearer as knowledge about God is added to the knowledge of past generations. The harsh lessons of the Old Testament will be softened by God’s sacrifice in the New Testament. The deliverance of the Hebrews in the final plague foreshadows future events that make a way of escape for everyone.

Before the final plague that would release the Hebrews from Pharaoh’s control into God’s control, God had a lot to say. He made the month they departed Egypt the first month of their year. The Roman calendar used today calls the month April. The Canaanite called it Abib. Later the Babylonian name Nisan was adopted during the Hebrews captivity.

Abib means “young head of grain.” Throughout the Bible nations are compared to trees. The seed of a nation God planted in Abraham has finally sprouted. God was not reacting to circumstance. The things that took place under the ministry of Moses had been on God’s mind from the time, probably long before, God brought Abraham outside to look at stars and affirm his promise.[3]

On the 10th of Abib each family would choose a lamb based on their need. Small families who could not consume an entire lamb were expected to join with larger families, so there would be no waste. The lamb or goat must be less than a year old and without blemish.

On the 14th of Abib the lamb must be slaughtered at twilight. Some of the lamb’s blood must be put on the side posts and the upper door post of the house, and they must remain in their houses. This was the most important part of the ritual. The blood on the door is the only thing that saved the firstborn Hebrews.

An aspect of God grasped by few is the impartial nature of his judgments. God did not exempt the Hebrews from this plague as he did some of the other plagues, but he did tell them how to escape. Since the blood on the door spared those within the house, any firstborn Egyptian could have escaped death if he was willing to spend the night in the house of a Hebrew. The Egyptians’ religion doomed them to death. Their religion made them feel superior to others. They considered the Hebrew shepherds an abomination.[4] The only firstborn Egyptians saved when the death angel passed through the land were those who overcame the racism their leaders taught them.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 15

[4] Genesis 46:34

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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