Ex 3:15 The firstborn redemption is a strong reminder and foreshadowing that the blood of the lamb (Yeshua) is our redeemer.
Ex 14:5 A complete reversal, all of the Egyptians were Pharaoh's slaves after the famine during Joseph, now all Israel, who previously were honored guests, had become Pharaoh’s slaves instead. Our own status in this country can easily be flipped as well.
Ex 14:15 Don’t just cry about your situation, do something about it. V26, God didn’t just release the sea on the Egyptians, He told Moses to stretch out His hand. Again showing God works through people’s actions.
Ex 15:26 Obedience brings health / healing.
Ex 16:3 When trials came it seems the Israelites quickly forgot God’s past provisions. In a previous post I mentioned the importance of recording His provisions for us so that when trials come we can look back and be encouraged.
Ex 20:20 The fearful presence of God did not long keep the people from sinning. It is the love of God and His Spirit that brings lasting change.
Ex 24:8 Blood, sprinkled on the people, is used to confirm the covenant of obedience. This covenant was soon broken. Yeshua / Jesus instituted a more intimate covenant of obedience, not by sprinkling, but by “drinking” the blood.
Much detail is given about the tabernacle and priestly garments. The animal sacrifices as well which is foreign to many of us today. One thing I found interesting this time through was that the blood covenant of Ex24:8 was done before these ordinances were given if the timeline is as presented. This seems to separate the tabernacle sacrificial system from the 24:8 covenant of how to treat each other.
Ex 28:30 Urim and Thummim are a mystery to us today. Could it be like casting of lots?
Ex 31 God provides for His assigned tasks.
One of the things I am looking at as I journey through the Bible is the heart of God. In chapter 32 He is ready to wipe out all the Israelites and start over with Moses. This paints a harsher picture of God than people like to consider. The commentary in my HCSB seems to indicate this was more of a test for Moses, but plague after plague will be sent from God against the people. God’s holiness is not to be taken lightly. This also cements our need for a Savior.
Next Reading: Week 5 Exodus 33:1 to Leviticus 12:1