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Sep.21 Exodus Study

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Exodus

12:14-51

“Memorial Day”

Outline:

I.) Intro.

II.) Vs. 14-28 Rejoice, remember, reach 

III.) Vs. 29-36 The blessing of obedience

IV.) Vs. 37-51 From worriers to warriors

Intro.

II.) Vs. 14-28 Rejoice, remember, reach

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Vs. 14 In verse 13 God had just announced the purpose of the Passover, “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you..” What would that mean to those of that generation and the ones that would follow? How did the events, which was a new beginning for the nation, to be expressed then and in the future? Well I think that God wanted them to do three things, REJOICE, REMEMBER, and REACH OTHER.

Rejoice: God does not want Israel to forget what Passover was all about so for these next few chapters He tells them what it was for and how they were to express themselves during it, but more then anything else He wants them to realize the joy of it.

Sixteen times in these verses the word “Lord” appears, first and foremost Passover and the ceremony that came about from this is about the Lord! Our salvation, our life, our everything is about the Lord. What kind of memorizes comes to your mind when you think about the day you came to Jesus? The Lord tells them that this day shall be a “memorial” to them.

When some people think of a “memorial” they think of some monument and that does not bring up exciting feelings. The root of the word means “memento”. One of those treasures that you purchase to remind you of the wonderful time that you had while on vacation. God is given them a “memento” of his freeing them from slavery. In the very next sentence He tells them what that “memento” is; “you shall keep it as a FEAST to the Lord.” The word “feast” here has two meanings:

  • A victim or a sacrifice.
  • A festival or a feast.

What this suggest is that it was a time of great remembrance upon the sacrifice and because of that same sacrifice it was a time of great celebration. Every time they took part in Passover they would remember the sacrifice of the lamb and rejoice in the fact that God had provide the Lamb for their freedom. Look at verse 11 for it says that it was the “Lord’s Passover” and again in the 26th verse we are told that it is the “Passover sacrifice of the Lord”. They were celebrating the Lord’s sacrifice. God has given you Himself and the day you received Him was a “memento” for you forever. You can forever go back to the day that you first received the Lord and at once be taken to the place of joy as well as understand the price paid for your joy. That is what communion is to be for us as well a time when we regularly take stock of the cost of our salvation as well as rejoice in it!

Five times in these verses God reminds them the reason for the celebration, “It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt.” God does not just have some mindless celebration. No, God wants them to appreciate the meaning behind it. In fact, three times in these two chapters He tells them to explain to their children the meaning behind it, (12:26). They were to celebrate by:

  • 15-20 By living sincerely: Say what you will about this celebration, but one thing was for sure they took it seriously. This is not your normal laid back come whenever you want the way you want party. No there was a strict code given to us right here.
  • 15,18-20 No leaven: Leaven is yeast that comes in the flower water mix that actually causes the dough to spoil. When it spoils it puffs up the mixture and gives it a flavor that most folks like, (kind of sounds like pride). Now leaven in scripture has two similar ideas neither of them good.

1.) It caries an idea of sin. We are not to come to our day of celebration with any unconfessed sin. We are to get rid of anything in our lives that does not please the Lord. So often people think of sin as what is good not what is bad. You will see T.V. adds describing some desert as “sinfully delightful.” The truth of the matter is that some things that may be temporarily pleasing to our appetites are misery in our lives.

2.) The second idea is that of hypocrisy, or pretending to be something that you are not. A person who hides behind a mask presenting an image of something that in reality are not.

The Lord says here get rid of any thing that would hinder you from the true celebration. Don’t come to the feast with any false stuff. It is come as you are and you are now Holy as He is Holy, so that is the way you should come. Look at how serious this was to the Lord, verse 15, to so continue on in that old former way was to find yourself out of the party, cut off from the celebration.

B.) Vs. 16 No work: God tells them that they were not to work, instead they were to recognize that they were called out. They were once slaves now they were set free to serve the Lord. The only thing they were allowed to do was prepare to party with the Lord. This reminds me that my salvation is not my work it is His! I can not earn His favor I can only receive it! Heb. 4:10 reminds us of this truth, “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works..” I’m through with striving in my flesh to be good enough now I’m resting on His goodness. What this says to me is that we are to live sincerely before the Lord, that is what please Him that is how we honor Him. So the first thing we see about Passover was that it was a time of rejoicing.

Verse 17 eludes to another reason why we are to rejoice; it is the way in which the Lord now sees us, “for this same day I will bring your armies out of the land of Egypt.” Armies? What armies? Don’t you just love how God address these Israelites. They were a bunch of worriers now He calls them warriors. That is how the Lord sees them in the blood of the lamb.

Vs. 21-23 This brings me to the second thing that Passover was to be for them, a time of REMEBERANCE. The first thing I see is that God instructs Moses to take the elders of Israel first. I don’t think that you can effective lead people any place you are not willing to go yourself. God new that the way to reach the multitudes was through the leaders, but what were they to remember?

  • 21 That their lives were at the cost of another’s and that it had to be personal. “Take lambs for yourselves…and kill the Passover lamb”. They were not any better then the rest of Israel they to need to come to remembrance of the truth that they were sinners and that their sin made them guilty.
  • 22 Obedience to the Word of God was absolutely necessary for their salvation. They were not above the truth, they could not say to the rest of Israel, “do as I say not as I do.” If they did they would be as dead as the Egyptians. Folk’s obedience to the word of the Lord is not an option. Hyssop is a plant that grows in small cracks in rocks with a strong sent. This little plant shows up time and again in scripture and always as an instrument in cleansing. It reminds me that of faith, small as it might be if it is used to apply Christ’s blood to the door of my heart I will be cleansed.
  • 23 Lastly, that it was only dependence upon the Lord that saved them. In Egypt they thought that the god Osiris was the giver of life, but the elders knew that the Lord would not allow the destroyer to come in.

Vs. 24-28 The last thing God wanted them to know about the Passover was that was to be a time of REACHING out to the next generation. Notice again the words of verse 27, when the children ask, “What do you mean by this..”, they were to say, “It is a Passover sacrifice of the Lord.” It was not a sacrifice of the lamb but rather a sacrifice of the Lord. The responsibility was clearly laid upon that generation to reach their children and keeping the Passover was a means to share the truth of the work of God in their lives.

What was the result of this? Well look at verse 27b “they bowed their heads and worshiped.” Don’t just teach people the need to go to church, no teach then the need to worship the true and living God. Verse 28 says that they went away and did so. Obedience to the word of the Lord was connected to true worship. It was not what they said that indicated that they worshiped, no, it was what they did in response to the word of the Lord. Many people think because they show in a building at a worship service that they are worshiping God, that’s not worshiping God only obeying His word is that.

III.) Vs. 29-36 The blessing of obedience

Vs. 29-36 Now we are again told of the blessings of obedience and it is twofold:

  • 29-32 They did not get what they deserved. As Israel was worshiping Egypt was weeping. Death is the great equalizer is it not? Pharaoh who had promised in 10:28 to kill Moses if he saw him again is now in the middle of the night sending for him. What a change Moses was the one who spoke of the Lords wishes in “Letting His people go”, no it is Pharaoh who tells Moses to take everything and everyone and go. The Final words of Pharaoh are “bless me also.” Pharaoh is now asking for prayer from Moses. How different things could have been if Pharaoh would have just heeded the word of the Lord.
  • 33-36 Then you have the second blessing that of getting what you don’t deserve. So they take again according to the Lord had told them, plus the plunder they received from the Egyptians. God bless because of Who He is not upon our deserving anything. Now if they had not done according to the Word of the Lord well there would have been no blessing so they had a part to play as well.

IV.) Vs. 37-51 From worriers to warriors

Vs. 37- 41 As they take out on there journey they travel some 20 miles from the supply city of Ramesses to Succoth which means shelters. Again notice that a mixed multitude went up from Egypt, no doubt some of them were believers and other were those who escaped Egypt on the good graces of the Lord. It was no doubt some of these that were the complainers. Further more we are told that they took no provisions. Because the Lord was their provision. And in all of this it was according to what God had said in the Bible. God calls these worriers warriors. As far as God was concerned this rag-tag group was now His army, we to have been transformed by the blood of the lamb from slaves to warriors. And it’s all through His power.

Those who were allowed to take part in the feast were only those who were set apart in the Lord. That is what circumcision is all about the cutting away of the old life representing a new life in Christ. You could hang out with the children of Israel if you weren’t circumcised but you could participate in the feast!