March 2, 2018

Exodus 13:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Dedicate to me every firstborn among the Israelites. The first offspring to be born, of both humans and animals, belongs to me.”

The first lesson you need to learn when you have been delivered from your bondage to sin and become born-again is that you no longer exist for yourself but you exist for God. And God wants first place in your life; in every facet of your life. This includes money, time, relationships etc. He wants a life totally dedicated to him. The first born indicated fruitfulness and the ability to carry on the family name and the family legacy. Our fruitfulness, abilities and legacy all need to point to God because all these things come from his hands.

Exodus 13:13 (NLT) — 13 A firstborn donkey may be bought back from the Lord by presenting a lamb or young goat in its place. But if you do not buy it back, you must break its neck. However, you must buy back every firstborn son.

A donkey was considered unclean and to be bought back death needed to occur. The King James Version of the bible uses the word ass instead of donkey. We were all the ‘ass’, a very appropriate word for us sinners,  that Jesus had to die to redeem. If he doesn’t redeem us we die in our sins, hence he broken neck analogy. Later on God did make a provision to buy the donkey back with silver; again this is an example of Jesus buying us back with his precious blood.

1 Peter 1:18–19 (NLT) — 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Exodus 13:16 (NLT) — 16 This ceremony will be like a mark branded on your hand or your forehead. It is a reminder that the power of the Lord’s mighty hand brought us out of Egypt.”

The ceremony was the Passover which for us now is communion. Nothing is impossible with the Lord. Communion helps to remind us of this. Jesus delivered us from being slaves to sin. He set us free to live for him. He will not leave us in our time of need. If we remember this it will help keep us from fear, doubt, discouragement, depression and from being confused and defeated.

Exodus 13:17 (NLT) — 17 When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”

There are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity. Every step of the way is prepared by the Lord. He will provide a way out of every temptation life and the devil can throw at us. We must trust that the Lord takes us on the most beneficial route for us through life even though we might not understand why.

Exodus 13:19 (NLT) — 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear to do this. He said, “God will certainly come to help you. When he does, you must take my bones with you from this place.”

Some 360 years after Joseph died his faith in the Lord’s word still speaks to us. “God will certainly come to help you.” God told Abraham that his people would be in Egypt but that he would come and rescue them; and he did! God always keeps his promises.

This is also an act of faith on Moses’ part because by taking Joseph’s bones he was believing that God was going to get them to the promised land. He did and He will also get us there:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!