-The consecration of the firstborn of man and beast is what God communicates with Moses as the LORD leads them out of the places where they lived in Goshen toward Succoth and then Etham on the edge of the wilderness.
-The LORD institutes the feast of unleavened bread with them as a remembrance of all He had done to deliver the children of Israel from the oppressive hands of the Egyptians. “With a powerful (mighty) Hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt (Exodus 13:9, 14, 16)” is the refrain that is reiterated to remind them of their deliverance from slavery. *Application* Again remember that this has significance for us in the realm of our salvation. Sin had us in bondage until the powerful Hand of Christ delivered us through His death, burial, and resurrection. We should forever remember and be thoroughly grateful for the work that our God has done for us to redeem and rescue us.
-The redemption of the firstborn serves as a sign on the children of Israel’s hands and as phylacteries on their foreheads to sanctify them before the LORD. It is a constant reminder of His power and how He killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt because of their stubbornness in letting them go when it was the appointed time.
-Now God took them out toward the Red Sea by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He was always with them and never left them. He took them on a route that would avoid war with the Philistines even though it would have been a shorter route. War would be avoided going this way and the devastation of seeing that the LORD knew may make them faint of heart and return to captivity. *Application* We need to be willing to let the LORD take us on His path and in His time. He knows what is best and what we need to avoid. The shortest way is not always the best way and God knows the pitfalls to steer us away from. We should let Him always guide the way even when it may not make the most rational sense to us in our frame of thinking. Remember that God’s ways are always best.
-The bones of Joseph are taken out of Egypt as he had made them swear. The prophesies had come true and the Israelites were heading back to their promised land covenanted to them by the LORD.
Verse to Memorize: Exodus 13:22