Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21 - Exodus 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 13. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God instructs Moses to have the people dedicate the firstborn of every human and animal.  This means that the first animal would be sacrificed as remembrance of God bringing his people out of Egypt.
  • God gives his people further instructions on how and when to celebrate the feast of the Passover.
  • While the first born human was not to be sacrificed, he was to be given to God and then bought back in a ceremony to remind them of the way God brought them out of Egypt (specifically, the final plague of killing the first born in all of Egypt).
  • God led his people through the desert wilderness by appearing in front of the traveling masses.  During the day, he guided them with a pillar of cloud; at night it was a pillar of fire.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God reminds his people that it was through his power that they were able to leave Egypt.
  • God makes it clear how he desires his people to follow him and just what obedience looks like.
  • God went before his people showing them how to follow him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We enter into a relationship with God, not because of anything we have done, but because of Jesus.  It was his sacrifice as the first born of God that allows us to be in a relationship with God.
  • God doesn't send mixed signals.  God is very clear what obedience to him looks like.  It requires complete obedience and submission to his leading, and thankfully, he sent Jesus to model that obedience.
  • God still leads us today.  It may not be in the form of a cloud or a pillar, but God is still leading us, showing us where to go and how to behave.  It can take awhile to train yourself to listen to him, but he promises us that when we enter into a relationship with him, he comes to live inside of us and direct our steps.