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Exodus 12:14-13:16

Random thoughts and impressions I jotted down as I read the Old Testament today.

Also, take your flocks and your herds, just as you have spoken, and leave. But bless me (Pharaoh) also." (Exodus 12:32 NET.)

When I read this I thought, “Did Moses “Bless” Pharaoh? Was there some kind of bank of heaven where Blessings are stored up for certain people and applied accordingly? Pharaoh would have to rely on the mercy of God because he did not have a relationship with the God of gods and I think God’s Mercy had run out on Pharaoh.

The Lord gave favor to the people in the eyes of the Egyptians, and they gave them whatever they wanted, and so they plundered Egypt. (Exodus 12:36 NET.)

The word plunder implies war and those that plunder are the victors. Israel had been in a battle; however, it was God fighting their fight against the ineffective gods of Egypt. To the victor belong the spoils of war. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. (Romans 8:37 AMP). What does it mean to be more than a conqueror? To gain victory automatically bestows title of champion, but to be more than a conqueror has not been something I’ve contemplated. Israel’s march out of Egypt carrying her treasure with them made her more than a conqueror without having lifted up one weapon, God did it all.

This night had been reserved by the LORD to bring his people out from the land of Egypt, so this same night now belongs to him. It must be celebrated every year, from generation to generation, to remember the LORD's deliverance.(Exodus 12:42 NLT)

After rereading the above verse in other translations, I realized this particular rendition brought something to the story I had never seen before, God’s timing. In Eternity past God had reserved that specific night for Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, can the things, which so easily beset me, the things I have allowed to entrap me, can the day of my deliverance also have been set in eternity past? Hmmm

"If an immigrant is staying with you and wants to keep the Passover to GOD, every male in his family must be circumcised, then he can participate in the Meal--he will then be treated as a native son. But no uncircumcised person can eat it. (Exodus 12:48 MSG)

God has always provided for those outside of His Covenant to enter in and become His People. As for the congregation, there shall be one statute both for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you, a statute for ever throughout your generations; as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. (Numbers 15:15 JPS)

Finally the passage I had found so very intriguing three years ago and that continues to fascinate me today.

Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem by [substituting for it] a lamb, or if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck; and every firstborn among your sons shall you redeem. (Exodus 13:13 AMP)

The previous verse states every firstborn sons and male animals MUST be presented before the Lord, yet the donkey could be redeemed. Why? It is because the donkey is a work animal and can be ridden by man, or is there some other thing going on?

Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey as He entered Jerusalem during His Passion.

When He came near Bethphage and Bethany at the mount called [the Mount of] Olives, He sent two of His disciples, Telling [them], Go into the village yonder; there, as you go in, you will find a donkey's colt tied, on which no man has ever yet sat. Loose it and bring [it here]. (Luke 19:29-30 AMP)

Jesus, the Lamb of God came into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey. Not only did he Redeem man from his sins, he redeemed that donkey from having its neck broken.

Grace and peace,

Mathew 21:20-22 discuss our faith and with our faith we can move mountains. We must pray with confidence and expect our prayers to be answered in Gods time and way. However, if we have faith all our prayers will be answered.

I wondered if sometimes I only have faith in what I think God can do, do I put God in a box and pray for what I think is possible. He says my faith can move mountains.

That is incredible!!!!!

Do we believe it though?

I too thought it was interesting that Pharoah was wanting Moses to bless him before leaving or on the way to Exodus. I don't think again that he was sincere in the blessing or change of heart but he was acting out of fear of being killed, by that "unseen God" that he was not personal with. It is amazing how many "gods" that Egypt worshipped, the sun god, fertility gods, the cow god, but nothing personal and eternal..nothing that can move mountains or shake the earth quite like OUR GOD!! Praise His Name, Hosanna in the Highest, Peace on Earth unto Man Kind!! Love it!! And yes, I get so excited when reading the Passion week of Jesus! Everything went according to scripture, of Zech 9:9, and in Isaiah, Micah, all the early prophets prophesying came to fruition! I think it is neat that book of Matthew didn't leave anything out either. The "two" beggars on side of the road, as opposed to the other gospels speaking of only one beggar/blind man. Also, the female donkey and her colt being released as opposed to other scripture stating only the baby colt. Also the colt/donkey being redeemed was awesome! in the Exodus that is, all other animals could be substituted for a perfect lamb/goat but not the donkey and the firstborn son, they could be redeemed! God cares, Jesus cares, and He SAVES!! Yes, to be disciplined and focused on the scriptures and the WORD of God, that is the most important new years resolution that mankind can do. Yes, I need to exercise more, eat less, stay more disciplined in housework, side jobs, to do lists around the home, but the most important like Mike said, is to stay in this Precious Life Saving Word!! The Word Will Do The Work!!

Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

This mind-boggling statement by Jesus was made immediately after He cursed the fig tree. The fig tree like the Pharisee looks good on the outside but doesn’t produce fruit. The fig tree lost it connection and purpose, (apart from the vine we can produce no fruit). The word of God is our root to soil connection, the place we receive nutrients from God that make us grow and produce good fruit. Jesus is telling us through connection and faith in Him, nothing is impossible.

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