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First of Many

Exodus 12:29-42

Verse 31  During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested.”

 

    While the homes in the land of Goshen were peppered with questions about why they were eating and not going to sleep, the people of Egypt were waking up and finding their loved ones dead.  The wailing must had taken over the quiet night.  We can only imagine the way those in Goshen felt if they heard the loud cries of the neighboring communities.

 

    While still the middle of the night the Pharaoh sends for Moses and Aaron.  The other plagues may not have got his attention but hearing the wailing and seeing the amount of death around him brings him to his end.  He would have lost family members, officials, friends and so much more.  He had changed his mind before and Moses and Aaron were not sure he would stand by his decision this time but they knew God had told His people to be ready and so now it was time to move.

 

    The Israelites were ready and gathered their bread troughs, family and livestock and started joining the other Israelites who were ready to follow Moses to go worship God.  They didn’t know all it meant for them but at this moment they were ready to follow wherever God was leading.  The adventure was beginning and they were on the brink of a whole new life.

 

    The Egyptians were urgent for the Israelites to leave because their fear of dying was great after seeing all their loved ones who had just died on the same night.  If the God of these slave people would kill all of the first born among them, including the livestock, what would keep them safe?

 

    God had told the Israelites to ask the Egyptians for items to take with them and were given many articles of clothing, gold, silver and bronze.  In what may seem like the easiest plundering of all times and the Israelites made out like bandits.  The things they were given may not have made much sense for people heading to the wilderness but God had a plan for each piece.  This evening and early morning were not what the Israelites were expecting but the time had come and they were on their way!

 

Making It Personal

    Have you ever been amazed at the way God did something in your life?  Why were you surprised?  How can you make sure you are ready for whatever He brings your way?

 

Making It Personal Kids

    Have you ever asked your mom and dad why Jesus tells us to do certain things a certain way?  Why do you think Jesus does some things which don’t make sense to you?  Do you obey Him anyway?

 

Closing Prayer

    Father, thank You for doing things Your way even when we don’t know how they are going to work out.  Please give us hearts which long to follow You anywhere at any time.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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