1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.
3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
4 This day came ye out in the month Abib.
5 And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.
6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord.
7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
8 And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.
9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt.
10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
K.J.V. Bible Text
By the time you have read as far as today’s reading in the book of Exodus, the importance of the Passover is clearly realized. Over and over the scripture reminds us of the Lord telling Moses how this event is to be remembered by the Passover feast and the eating of unleavened bread for seven days and how each man is to tell his son the meaning of the day so that all of the people will remember the strong hand of the Lord that brought them out of Egypt.
Moreover, the Lord tells Moses that the first born of all the children of Israel, both of man and of beast, are to be sanctified to Him.
God’s ways are difficult for humans to understand but I believe there is sometimes logic to them that he has brought down to the level of man so that we can understand our part in the relationship with him.
To me, the sanctification of the first born to the Lord clearly shows that the people are to honor him with their firstborn because he destroyed the firstborn of their enemies. The Egyptians maintained an adversarial relationship with the Lord, refusing to believe in his almighty power. I believe the Lord is telling the Israelites that they are his people and their relationship is mutual and can be maintained if they follow his instructions and rules.
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