Follow Me: Deliverance
Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible
Exodus 12:38-39, 12:43-51
The Hebrews ate the Passover lamb, packed unleavened bread and then waited for the order to leave. In the middle of the night Pharaoh received word that Egyptians’ were dropping dead. He ordered the Hebrews immediate departure.
The soldiers or army of the Hebrews were numbered at 600,000. That number did not include their families that departed with them. Therefore the number of people that walked out of Egypt to worship God easily numbered over a million Hebrews. In addition to that number a mixed multitude left with them. The Hebrew words for “mixed multitude” indicate they were also a large group.
They traveled as far as Succoth and stopped. In accordance with God’s instructions they must have a holy convocation and Sabbath on the first and seventh day. They were in the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread and have a problem. All uncircumcised persons were forbidden from participating. Anyone who ate leavened bread during these seven days would be cut off from the community whether they were Hebrews or strangers.
What about the mixt multitude who forsook their homeland to worship the Hebrew’s God. Should they tell them to go back to Egypt where they would be considered traitors? Should they exclude them from the festival when they wanted to worship God too?
God had a solution. Make them “one of us” but not on their terms. If they want to worship the Hebrew’s God they must meet the same requirements God gave the Hebrews. If the mixt multitude is willing to be circumcised they “shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.”
Man will find a way to exclude you. Love finds a way to include you.
 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.
 All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.
 Exodus 12:48-49