Exodus 12-13 - Passover

Chapter 12
Main idea
God gives Israel a way to be spared death: a lamb for Passover.  He kills the Egyptians and they send Israel out.  Instructions for keeping this feast in the future are mixed with the actual events.

How this is about Jesus
Jesus is the ultimate Passover lamb, sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:8).
He also spent the night of His ultimate Passover watching in Gethsemane (Mark 14:37-38), as God does here (vs 42).

Sins this reveals
Not remembering this act of redemption.
Not explaining it to our children.

Chapter 13
God makes Israel remember by setting apart their firstborn.
God takes them into the desert, instead of toward the Philistines, so they don't run into battles right away.  His pillar of cloud and fire go before them.  Joseph's bones go with Israel, heading for the promised land.

How this is about Jesus
Jesus is the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), set apart to redeem all creation.

Sins this reveals
Forgetting the death of the firstborn, and God's just punishment of those who defy Him.
Not following God's guidance by fire and cloud.  Not trusting it is for our good.

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