Exodus – Chapter 12: The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

God is now done with delivering plagues to the Egyptians.  He must have decided the plague on the firstborn (killing innocent babies) was enough.  Now Moses and his people are going to celebrate God’s killing with a festival!  Yes, I’m writing with anger/frustration because Christians worship a good who kills innocents and think nothing of it.  Read your Bible!!!  Okay, let’s see what Exodus Chapter 12 brings us.

“Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a] for his family, one for each household.” – Exodus 12:3

Killing innocents does make one hungry!

“The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.  Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.” – Exodus 12:5-6

And this is where things get weird.  God is very specific about what type of lamb should be used for the festival.  If only He were this clear when it comes to His supposed existence.

“Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.” – Exodus 12:7-10

Now it gets VERY weird.  Spread blood on the doorframes?  Really?  Oh…and God sends down the very specific rule of…NO LEFTOVERS!!!  🙂  If that’s not enough, there’s a specific way in which you must eat the lamb.

“This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.” – Exodus 12:11

I can picture this in my head now.  People eating lamb, quickly, holding their staffs in one hand.  Wow!

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.” – Exodus 12:12

God is still killing innocents and this time he’s also including the firstborn of all animals!  Seriously!?!?!  This is the all-mighty God we are taught to fear?

“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” – Exodus 12:13

This explains the spreading of blood on the doorframes, but why does God need this as a sign?  Isn’t He all-knowing?  Yet He needs mere humans to notify Him which people should be struck down and which shouldn’t?  This makes no sense for an all-knowing God.

“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.” – Exodus 12:14

Yes, a day in which God slaughtered innocent people and animals is a day to commemorate.  This is the God Christians worship.  The next several verses deal with making bread without yeast and the specific rules God demands while doing so.

“And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel.” – Exodus 12:19

Read the above verse carefully.  If you accidentally put yeast in your bread or simply do not know the rule because you are not from this land, you are to be cut off from the community of Israel.  Just like that.  Wow!  Not a forgiving God, that’s for sure!  Moses then goes to tell the people all the Lord has told him and they follow the rules.  God comes along and follows through on his threats.  The Pharaoh tells Moses and his people to leave Egypt.

“Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.” – Exodus 12:42

To be clear, none of this would have happened had God not hardened the Pharaoh’s heart.  Thus the vigil to honor the Lord is honoring the Lord’s harming and killing of innocent people and animals.  It’s not a celebration of Moses’ people leaving Egypt.  Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God, allowing all the evil that followed to happen.

To participate in the Passover meal, there are certain restrictions.

“No foreigner may eat it. Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have circumcised him, but a temporary resident or a hired worker may not eat it. It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones. The whole community of Israel must celebrate it. A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it. The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.” – Exodus 12:43-49

First, slaves are allowed by God and they can eat the Passover meal, but only if they are circumcised.  Foreigners can eat the meal, but only if ALL males in the house are circumcised.  Here is God’s foreskin fetish coming to the forefront again.

That ends Exodus Chapter 12.  What amazes me most after reading this chapter is how concerned God is with things that simply do not matter, but He has little concern over the things that do matter (innocents dying).  This is the God Christians worship?  If more Christians would read their Bibles from start to finish, there would be far fewer Christians.  The Bible, as evident by this chapter, and many others, is full of insanity.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 13:  Consecration of the Firstborn

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