Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 16, 2016

The First Two Years of the Exodus

The first two years of the Exodus contain a lot of details.  Actually, a person reading the full Exodus account probably is thinking Why all this detail?  The first time reading reading through Leviticus can seem quite tedious.  Does God really want us to know these arcane rituals of some ethnic group 3600 years ago!?

The Exodus out of Egypt started the with preparations on the 14th of Abib (Nisan).  The Israelites had understood this as the seventh month, but now God instructed them that this would be their first month of the year.  Around midnight of the 15th (days started and ended at sundown), God struck dead every firstborn of the Egyptians, but not of the Israelites.  Presumably there were some Egyptians who heeded God’s call to put lamb’s blood over their doorposts.  That night the Israelites got moving out of Egypt.  It is not clear when the Egyptians caught up with the Israelites at the Red Sea.  Some say the seventh day of Unleavened bread.  But nevertheless, there was a great deliverance.

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