Exodus 12 vs. 37-51 with Betty

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.

38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.

42 It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

43 And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

44 But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 The Children of Israel left Egypt in a multitude that included six hundred thousand men on foot as well as their children.  With them also went their flocks and herds. They ate unleavened cakes made of the dough they brought out of Egypt, in complete accordance with what they had been told by the Lord.  We also see here how important that Passover feast of the night before was to the strength of the Israelites because they had no time to prepare food before being hastened out of Egypt.

When the Israelites left Egypt, they had been there 430 years—a long time to have waited on the promises of the Lord.

The Lord gave Moses and Aaron instructions for the perpetual remembrance of the night of the Passover.

Those instructions included that strangers and hired servants should not partake of the feats—only the members of the household.

They were told the Passover feast must be eaten entirely in the house and that none should be carried out and they were reminded them that the entire congregation was to keep the Passover, but no stranger or uncircumcised person was to eat of the Passover feast.

And so the Israelites went out of Egypt, carrying no food save the unleavened bread but well-supplied with the riches borrowed from the Egyptians.  And there were so many of them. 

I wonder if Moses was frightened at the responsibility of leading these people and attending to their needs.  It is obvious that they could not survive while traveling as such a multitude without the presence and assistance of the Lord.

Betty Killebrew

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