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Exodus 14 – Honored

It’s funny because after all that God has done for them, you would think that the Israelites would trust and honor God.  Instead, when they see the Egyptians coming after them they could only see punishment and reprimand from the Egyptians and not relief from YHWH.  Pharaoh and the army are chasing after them, and their first reaction is to blame God and Moses.  They said, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us out here to the wilderness to die?”

So what does God respond?  He tells them to keep going!  He makes it clear that He WILL be honored, and it will be at the expense of the Egyptians.  Three times this word “Honored” shows up in this chapter.  God will be honored by the Egyptians and the people of Israel.  Yet, how do the people react?  They fear the Egyptians instead of God.  They would rather return to slavery than to risk relying on God.

YHWH instructs Moses to move forward while He personally covers their flanks.  He tells Moses to open a pathway through the trouble and into the relative safety beyond.  In the end, YHWH brings the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry land and sweeps the Egyptian army with all of their world class chariots away in the sea.  In the end, the honor and glory belong to Him and Him alone.  He will be honored, and He is, both by the Egyptians, the Israelites, and later by the people of the promised land.

Are we giving God the honor that He deserves?

John Camiolo

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Exodus 12-1 – Passover Call

It is almost time.  It is here.  The passover is truly the most important festival for the Jewish people.  It is about reprimand, redemption, & rescue.  It is about reprimand in that the angel of death would come and take payment for the sins of the people.  It is about rescue in that the Hebrew people would be rescued from the Egyptian in their slavery, as well as being rescued from the angel of death by the passover lamb’s blood painted on the door posts and lintel.  It is about redemption in that the Jewish people are ultimately redeemed from slavery and from sin.

The Passover lamb is a prophetic representation of the work Christ would do and his purpose in rescuing and redeeming all people.  His purpose is to draw all men unto Himself.

This first part of this chapter is all about getting the people prepared for what is about to happen.  With every other plague, God tells Moses to talk to Pharaoh and give him a command from God.  At this time, all of that begins to mean something more because God starts preparing the people to leave.  It’s nice to hear that YHWH is going to bring them out.  It is something else entirely when YHWH says, “It’s time!  Let’s get prepared to move out.”  Now  that plan is beginning to come to fruition.

What about us?  Are we living as if our sins have been removed as far away as the east is from the west?  Are we celebrating God’s passing over our lives in destruction?

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