Exodus 13

Today's Passage: Exodus 13

After the Passover, God instituted a consecration of the firstborn and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and then God led the people through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Over and over again in this passage, I am reminded of the fact that God knows our every need, is the ultimate source of everything good, and wants us to love Him first and foremost.

In verses 1-2 and 11-16, God says that the firstborn among both man and beast are His. One of the reasons God did this is because it cost the firstborn of Egypt for them to be delivered, so the dedication of their firstborn was a visceral reminder of what God had done for them, a living memorial!

In verses 3-10, God established the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This was another scheduled time of remembrance for the Israelites, and for us it shows that purity (as represented by the bread without leaven) can only come after blood-deliverance of a sacrifice.

In verses 17-22, God leads them through an indirect path because they may have gone back to Egypt if they saw the war of the Philistines. He then provides a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire to lead them day and night, respectively. The cloud provided shade in the heat of the day, and the fire provided warmth at night in the desert.  

God knows us, and He knows everything we need. Just like the Israelites, we need regular reminders of what God has done, and we need reminders to teach those things to our children as well. Remembering and celebrating what God had done was meant to keep God at the forefront of their minds, because He wanted to be at the center of their hearts. You cannot love what you do not know!

What milestones (the moments in life that you have marked to be celebrated and remembered) have you instituted in your family to remember God’s faithfulness? How does it make you feel to know that God desires your heart?

Written By: Kaitlin White

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