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Nothing is random with God. Wow, Exodus 12:1-42 is packed full--particularly with details and requirements for the Israelites. It got me thinking. God certainly didn't need the Israelites to mark their doors because that was the only way he would be able to recognize them. This is the all knowing God after all.

So why do you suppose God gave these specific instructions and required strict adherence to them? I came up with several things as I pondered the why of this situation, but I'd really love to read your thoughts. Maybe we came to some of the same conclusions? Send me a blog and let's see. Tami W.

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well many reasons come to mind, we can look at the scriptures and see similar scenarios, but i think its for the same reason why during a wedding Both parties are required to say 'I do'. The main underlying theme (to me) seems to be, our act of faith or exercise of our own freewill. Which in this case demonstrates our trust and allegiance. It seems that God doesn't even force his protection on us. It could also be the separator of the wheat & the tear, cuz God looks at the heart, so being the vicinity or camp of the Israelites doesn't qualify us as Israelites. God said, "if u love me obey my commands" so this also show that we love him.

We may not want to follow rules laid down by God but even a God who knows our every thought and even what we will ultimately do wants to work with us. For if we enguage with him even in the following of a specific task; rule/ command we lay the ground work for a continued relationship with Him. We have to be firmly convicted His ways are right and purposefull for us (which is hard at times) in order to have a respectful and ongoing relationship.

I am uncertain about why God had them mark their doorposts, but I do have more questions. What does everyone think? Do you think anyone didn't follow the rules and were left behind? Were they all completely desparate to get out, or were there some rebellious people in the mix? How did the message of what to do get out to all the people? 600,000 people is a lot of people, and no one had email or telephones, how did the news travel so quickly? Why is there so much emphasis on the unleavened part, I counted the word leavened 10 times in that short passage, there has to also be some great significance on the unleavened bread as well, afterall there is a feast named for it.

I believe God has graciously, divinely orchestrated all events in our lives... To the extent we have decisions to make that will impact the outcome, allows for free will, intertwined in that decision making process exist God's maight hand of protection and Hid daily provision working parallel plane to help guide us in that process, as I've experienced in my life as He has superintended to some degree, my decision making....Praise God, He cares about all the details in our lives...Bill G

God wanted His people to choose who they would be. After 400 years among the Egyptians, it was commonplace for Jews to have Egyptian idols in their houses and for them to pray to them! Many of God's people had become more Egyptian than Jew. It was time for God to redeem his people, but as always they had to self-identify as His people; they had to choose.

Next, he wanted an act of obedience from them. The next thing that happens after we choose God is we then must submit to Him. This is a public act so all can see the way of righteousness that we are supposed to be modelling.

Finally, after self-identifying as God's people and making a public declaration to the effect, God wanted His people to follow Him into the wilderness by faith. Not only did they walk with God by faith, but they physically abandoned the only life they'd ever known to do so; they knew they could not go back. God wants us to turn away from our old lives when we seek Him in our new walk with Him. The comfortable way has to pass away if we are to receive the full experience of His Grace.

I think the Exodus from Egypt is a model of our own journey from a life of sin into a life of salvation by faith. God did what He did and in the way He did it deliberately, as an example to future generations that would be so powerful it would never be forgotten. All the various ways people respond to Christ in their hearts are modelled in the way the Jews responded to the work God did in Egypt.

Some didn't believe and were lost from God's people.

Some believed a little, but when things were hard they wanted to return to the old life that was well-known to them.

Some pretended to believe, but returned to idol worship and were destroyed.

Some fully embraced God and their faith saw them through the wilderness until they had all passed away.

God loved them all, but not all loved Him.

I am by far and away Not a Bible scholar by any stretch of the imagination but, as I read the passages for this morning or rather Tami's comments. I was compelled to think that the reason for the marking of the threshold of their homes was nothing more than obedience. "Whe my Dad told me to do something, I had better well hop to it "Post Haste" or suffer the consequences. The same applies here.
When told to do something in prayer, "DO IT"

A few things come to mind as to why God might have told them to do this.

1) Certainly, to show obedience. When we follow God, we obey without questions... even when it seems like a 'dumb thing to do"

2) It created a ritual for them to remind them through the years and centuries what God did in delivering them from Egypt.

3) I also see it as a prophetic action God said, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." For us today, if Jesus' blood is on the doorposts of our hearts. then God does not see our sin. and we are NOT eternally lost to sin and death.

These were excellent postings and I really liked the questions that Kandace submitted. I wonder the same things! I, too, think the more than specific instructions were given to see if the Israelites would obey and follow them. We all know the blood of the lamb around the doorposts represents the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) shed for us to save us from death (eternal separation from our Lord and Saviour). This is quite an interesting story in Exodus.

From a purely practical point-of-view: when you add yeast to dough, it requires time to make the dough rise...that's all it does, make the bread rise. And if you agitate the dough once it's risen, but before it's baked, then the loaf will fall and it's not much good (ever jostle a cake in the oven by checking it too often only to find a flattened out mess when the baking time was complete?)

When the Israelites were being prepared for their escape, they did not know when then command to "go" would be coming. Unleavened dough gave them provision to be carried along with them, something that was less susceptible to spoilage. We know that God provided manna in the desert once the Israelites had run through their provisions. Perhaps the taking of some foodstuffs with them (the unleavened bread) was meant to sustain them long enough to get them far enough away from Egypt that they couldn't easily go back, thus requiring their dependence upon faith and the will of God to provide.

i am new to Powered by 4, and i just got around to reading these comments and they are pretty interesting. I really liked Mandys version which speaks of obedience and prophetic actions concerning the use of the blood on the doorposts. The blood of Jesus is most significant in our christian life, no longer do we have to depend on the blood of animals but Jesus blood shed once and made all the difference in our christian walk. We are not Isrealites but we certainly have redemption through Jesus blood and are joint heirs with Christ. The same refers to us only in a different way, remember The Old Testament is Gods plan concieved, The New Testament is Gods plan revealed.

God made lessons for (when it happened) and for later (for the apostles and for us) (for the redeemed and the rest of the world) He made it simple and deep also. They were in a hurry, it was important that they obey the Lord. Later they would understand the symbolism. The world would hear of these mighty displays of power the Lord God Almighty was doing for these shepherders and slaves and there hearts would melt within them!!! This would bring everyone to the choice you and must also make. are you for the Lord or against Him? Bonny

To answer Candace's question about the use of unleavened bread. Leaven represents evil or sin and is required only in the Feast of Pentecost. All of the other Jewish feasts require unleavened bread.


I really liked Mandy's comment, " I also see it as a prophetic action God said, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." For us today, if Jesus' blood is on the doorposts of our hearts. then God does not see our sin. and we are NOT eternally lost to sin and death." This holds such powerful imagery and truth.

Thanks, I never thought of this story that way. I think that it shows us that when God gives specific instructions, though they may seem random, we should follow them because they hold a specific purpose of great importance.


A few thoughts on your comments/questions.

God had the Israelites in Egypt mark the doorpost of their homes with the blood of an innocent, flawless lamb. This was a sign that an innocent, flawless creature had given its life. This life was a substitute for the life of the firstborn in that family. More important, however, it was a foreshadowing (an event which portrays a future event) of the flawless Lamb of God who would give His life to save us from the penalty of sin.

Concerning whether anyone was left behind, Moses response to Pharaoh just before the last plague (the death of the firstborn) gives us some idea. Moses tells Pharaoh in Exodus 10:26, "Therefore, our livestock, too, will go with us; not a hoof will be left behind, for we shall take some of them to serve the Lord our God. And until we arrive there, we ourselves do not know with what we shall serve the Lord ." If not a single animal would be left behind, you can imagine no people would be left behind either.

In fact, not only did all the Israelites leave, some of the Egyptians were so impressed by the God of Abraham, that they went as well. Exodus 12:38 says, "And a mixed multitude [Egyptian as well as Israelite] also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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