Life of Moses Lesson 6 Day 3 ~ Exodus 12:31–13:16
5. a. How the death of all the firstborn affected Egypt—
There was a great cry—No people in the universe were more remarkable for their mournings than the Egyptians, especially in matters of religion; they whipped, beat, tore themselves, and howled in all the excess of grief. When a relative died, the people left the house, ran into the streets, and howled in the most lamentable and frantic manner. …. How dreadful then must the scene of horror and distress appear when there was not one house or family in Egypt where there was not one dead; and according to their custom, all the family running out into the streets bewailing this calamity! Adam Clarke
“The Egyptians believed in a pantheon of gods, which were involved in all aspects of nature and human society. Their religious practices were efforts to sustain and placate these phenomena and turn them to human advantage. This polytheistic system was very complex, as some deities were believed to exist in many different manifestations, and some had multiple mythological roles. Conversely, many natural forces, such as the sun, were associated with multiple deities. Wikepedia
After enduring many plagues, including three days of complete darkness, every family now discovers their first-born is dead. As was their custom, they stumble out into the darkness and wail loudly.
Life as they knew it, would never be the same. All of the forces of nature, their gods, and their divine Pharaoh failed. Now, their heirs were gone, too.
In fact, they all thought they were going to die. Exodus 12:33
b. “The Levites are taken for the service of the sanctuary in place of the first-born.” (Adam Clarke)
God set aside (sanctified) the Levites and their herds for this purpose on the day He struck down the firstborn of Egypt.
c. God is saying the Israelites are “utterly dear to me.” (Adam Clarke)
d. I was set apart for God when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ. At that moment, I was a newborn child in God’s kingdom.
I show that I’m set apart when I pursue sanctification by offering myself as a living sacrifice, “live in constant renewal and transformation of (my) mind.” Note following Romans 12:3 Voice
- Seek Him first. Matthew 6:33
- Avoid conforming myself to the age I live in. Romans 12:2
- Be transformed by renewing my mind, so that I can discern God’s will for my life. Romans 12:2
- Don’t think too highly of myself. Romans 12:3
- Allow the Holy Spirit to develop and show me how to use the gifts God has given me. Romans 12:6
- Share my gifts cheerfully. Romans 12:8
- Love without hypocrisy. Romans 12:9
- Detest evil. Romans 12:9
- Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
- Be diligent and fervent in serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
- Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
- Be generous with other saints in need. Romans 12:13
- Bless those who persecute me. Romans 12:14
- Be humble. Romans 12:16
- Leave revenge up to God and His timing. Romans 12:19
“walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called” (Ephesians 4:1 NASB).
I’m not there yet. It’s a process.
6. God provided for the Israelites’ material needs.
According to Moses’ instruction, the Israelites asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and clothing. God gave them favor, and their Egyptian neighbors gladly gave it to them.
So, they basically plundered the Egyptians, finally receiving the wages they deserved.
7. Instructions concerning how to celebrate the Passover with foreigners was necessary because
“An ethnically diverse crowd also went up with them.” Exodus 12:38
My answers (not THE answers) to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Lesson 6 Day 3 Exodus 12:31–13:16
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