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Exodus 13 – Ownership

Looking at the chapter and trying to sum up the themes and basic concepts in one word brings me to the idea of ownership.  Verses 1-16 are an intermingling of two ideas that most of us would consider separate.  There are these very different and distinct concepts.  The first is that YHWH spared the firstborn of Israel, and as such they belong to the Lord.  Form here on out the firstborn, the one to open the womb, belongs to God.  They must be given to God, or they must be redeemed.  The second concept is that every year the people of Israel are to have seven days of unleavened bread and a feast at the end.  This is in celebration of the Lord passing-over the Israelite’s, destroying the Egyptians, and rescuing the people from slavery.  In honor of that event, Passover must be celebrated every year.  The people of Israel are to take ownership of the acknowledgment and remembrance of this event.  This should be something that they not only acknowledge and understand, but that they also celebrate.  The Israelite people must take ownership of the remembrance of this event.

What’s interesting to me, is that these two very distinct and separate concepts are so intermingled in these first 16 verses that as much as it seems like they should be different, it becomes clear that they are interconnected and dependent upon one another.  I can’t say that i fully understand it.  To me they seem like two very different concepts, but God seems to say otherwise.  How and why?

The final concept of ownership in this chapter goes from vs. 17 through the end of the chapter.  In this section God takes responsibility / ownership for the people of Israel.  He doesn’t just tell Moses to lead them to the Mountain of God; He leads them.  He goes before them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  He does not leave this to someone else.  He takes ownership and does it himself.

We serve a God of words and actions.  He doesn’t just tell us to do something.  He makes it happen.  As a result He is also a God that expects action and ownership from us.  We are to take ownership of the tasks that He gives us to do.

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Exodus 2 – The Battle

Every time i read this i see the parallels throughout history; Pharaoh has the Israelite babies killed because the Israelites are becoming too numerous and they might hinder his prosperity.  When the people of Israel entered the promised land and did not remove all of the inhabitants the worship of Molech continued.  As a result, the Israelites began sacrificing their firstborn child to Molech so that they would be blessed with prosperity.  King Herod had all of the newborns from the town of Bethlehem killed because one of them was to be a king which would affect him and his prosperity.  Today it is acceptable for people the world over to kill off our own baby if it’s life is going to be an inconvenience to its mother.  …if it’s life might hinder the mother’s chance for “prosperity”.

There are other instances of this in history as well.  It really makes me wonder; are we fighting new battles, or are they the same old battles with the same old enemy just expressed in a new way?  Ephesians 6:12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

When we are fighting for the lives of our children, who is the battle really against?  Is it against those people who would take the lives of our children for a profit?  Is it against those who would choose to end their child’s lives because their child is an inconvenience to their own life?  Or is the battle much more than that?  Are we battling against flesh and blood, or are we battling against spiritual forces that have been waging this war for millennia?  Is this a war about “choice” or is it much deeper than that?  If it is a deeper level battle, then what?

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