by Harley Howard

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The Book Of Exodus Chapter 12 (9 of 26)
Harley Howard

Read vss 1-2

The scene now shifts to Moses and the instructions
given to the children of Israel. During the plagues,
it would seem that the narrative was Moses contending
with the Pharaoh, now it switches over to Moses and
the children of Israel. The feast, which was about to
be given to Israel by God, was preceded by a new age
in the history of Israel. This begins the first month
in Israel's religious calendar. The month was called
Abib, meaning the fresh ears. It was named because of
the barley which was to be harvested at this time.

Read vss 3-5

The instruction was for a sacrifice of a lamb. The
Lord is very specific about what He wants here. Each
family was to select a lamb, on the tenth day of this
month. If the household was too small and not able to
eat an entire animal, they were to join with another
family to share the meal. It was to be a male, 1 year
old and spotless.

Read vs 6

The lamb was to be killed 4 days later at twilight,
which probably meant between 3-5 P.M. Some say as late
as 6-7 P.M.

Read vss 7-9

The blood of the lamb was to be placed on the
doorframes of the house and they were to eat the
roasted sacrifice together with unleavened bread and
bitter herbs. The sacrifice was not to be eaten raw or

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the
morning; and that which remaineth of it until the
morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; [with] your loins girded,
your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand;
and ye shall eat it in haste: it [is] the LORD'S

Any meat that was left over was to be burned in the
morning. The children of Israel had to eat in haste
and be ready to leave in a hurry also, because this
would be the last meal eaten in Egyptian bondage

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this
night, and will smite all the firstborn i ...

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