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  The Great Bible Story #30
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Israel delivered from Egypt

Jacob Ninan
God instructed the people of Israel through Moses that on a particular day, the fourteenth day of the first month in the Hebrew calendar, at twilight, they were to kill a male lamb without blemish and smear some of its blood on the lintel and the door posts of their houses. Then they were to sit down together as a family dressed up and ready to travel, roast the flesh over fire, and eat it along with unleavened bread. That night the Angel of Death from God would pass through Egypt, and wherever he found houses without the blood, he would kill the first born son and the first born male of animals. But this angel would spare the Israelites because they had this blood on their houses. When he saw that blood, he would pass over them.

That was exactly what happened. As the wrath of God moved over Egypt, the first born in every Egyptian house died, and Israel was spared. There was a big cry throughout Egypt when they found their first born dead. Pharaoh lost his own son, and then he realised that he could not hold out against God any more. He called for Moses urgently and asked him to take his people and their belongings, and leave Egypt immediately. God told them to go and collect gold, silver and other valuable stuff from the Egyptians before they left. The Egyptians actually urged the people to go away, giving them whatever they asked for. All the people of Israel got up, got all their belongings together and started off on their journey from Egypt. They were six hundred thousand people apart from children.

Later on, the people of Israel were to celebrate the feast of the passover every year on that day, remembering how God had miraculously saved them from Egypt. The fathers were to relate to their children the significance of this feast in detail so that they too could understand God's love for them. Centuries later, this deliverance from Egypt and the feast of the passover found fulfilment in the death of Jesus the Son of God, the Messiah, the Lamb of God. 'Egypt' represents our life of sin and selfishness from which God delivers us by giving His first born Son as the price. Now whoever comes to God crying out for deliverance from the slavery of sin is offered salvation freely because Jesus has paid the ransom with His blood. This event that occurred way back in history, of God delivering His people from Egypt, stands out as a picture of God's deliverance for all of us people, everywhere in the world.


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