11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord’s instructions for the Passover are very specific. He ordered the Israelite people to eat with their loins girded, their shoes on their feet and their staff in their hands. They were ordered to eat in haste.
He tells them he will smite the firstborn of all in Egypt, man and beast but the token of the lambs’ blood on the houses wherein lie the Israelites he will not smite.
The Lord also indicates to them that he wants the day to be remembered forever as a memorial to the event, and that they shall eat only unleavened bread for the seven day period beginning on that day and that they should have a holy convocation on the first day and on the seventh day and that no work was to be done on that day.
It seems as if the Lord is extremely careful in his instructions to the Hebrew people so that they can realize and attach proper significance to the event that is to take place. The Lord intended to bring them out of Egypt, but of course he knew there would be hardship to come and he wanted them to always remember from what they had been rescued.
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