[bible1year] Devotional comments on Exodus 11-13

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 21 Jan 2017 12:35:05 -0000
        God's patience had run out, and His final 
judgment--death to the firstborn--was about to fall. 
Note that death was to come to all, unless they were 
protected by the blood of the lamb. From a human point 
of view, there was no difference between the firstborn 
of Egypt and the firstborn of Israel; the difference was 
in the application of the blood. All men are sinners; 
but those who have trusted Christ are "under the blood" 
and saved. This is the most important difference in the 
world.

        The Passover is instituted in chapter 12. The 
birth of the nation of Israel, its deliverance from 
bondage, and a change in the calendar is announced.

        The Jews have two calendars--a religious and a 
civil--and the Passover marks the beginning of their 
religious year. The Passover illustrates the Christian's 
salvation through the blood of the Lamb. Just as the 
Israelites were shielded from the death angel, so the 
believer today is shielded from the wrath of God through 
faith in the Lamb of God (1 Corinthians 5:7). The 
unleavened bread showed the clean-cut separation of the 
Israelites from Egypt.

        The lamb had died for the firstborn; now the 
firstborn belonged to God. The Jews were a "purchased 
people," just as born-again believers are purchased 
people (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). The nation would forever 
honor the Lamb by giving their firstborn--their best--to 
the Lord.

        God led His people, not necessarily the nearest 
way, but the way that was best for them, just as He does 
today. He always makes His will clear to those who are 
willing to follow. He saves us, feeds us, guides us, and 
protects us.