Exodus – Chapter 13: Consecration of the Firstborn

In our last look at Exodus (Chapter 12), God needed the Israelites to mark their homes with blood so He knew who to kill and not to kill.  You know, because an all-knowing God needs blood markings to really know for sure.  God also sent down rules on the Passover celebration.  He was very concerned about how people made their bread and how they ate it.  Let’s see what’s going on in Chapter 13.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.’” – Exodus 13:1

At least God’s not killing the firstborn!  That’s an improvement, right?

“Then Moses said to the people, ‘Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.’” – Exodus 13:3

True, I suppose, but only if one forgets the hardening of the Pharaoh’s heart God did to make all of this happen.

“On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” – Exodus 13:8

The Lord did for you?  Kill innocent Egyptians?  Um…ok.

“All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord.” – Exodus 13:12

God is always concerned about the important matters in life.

“With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – Exodus 13:14

Slavery was bad when the Israelites were the ones being enslaved, but it’s okay for the Israelites to have slaves themselves.  That’s the God of the Bible Christians worship.

In case you think the Israelites are celebrating the love of God, think again.  Read the verses below.

“When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.” – Exodus 13:15

The Bible directly states that the Passover celebration is a celebration of God killing the first male offspring of every Egyptian human and animal.  Think about that when Passover is celebrated each year.  It’s not a celebration of love; it’s a celebration of murder, death, and evil by the hands of God.

To sum up this chapter, the Israelites have left Egypt and are celebrating, but what are they celebrating?

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 14:  Crossing the Sea


2 thoughts on “Exodus – Chapter 13: Consecration of the Firstborn

  1. I think you missed the point of the Passover it was a shadow of a lamb to come in the future namely Jesus (you know the lamb of God) who would become our lamb that would die for us so that when you apply His blood on your door post and lentils and God sees the blood which now covers your sins God will save you. And as far as God hardening Pharaohs heart in order to perform the ten plagues It was not to prove God Is God for God doesn’t have to prove anything it was for the Hebrews to watch and learn to trust in God. God placed them there for 430 years in order to build up His Nation from 70souls to aprox. 2 million. Now God was getting ready to teach the Israelites how to become His Nation in the wilderness. And how to trust Him for their every need. You see everyone is in bondage to death and sin whether you want to admit it or not so we are slaves. And the wilderness is our daily lives of ups and downs and in that wilderness we too learn to trust God like the Israelites. You have the wrong attitude about the Great IAM He had this plan to reedem mankind from heaven before He ever recreated the earth or mankind. God already knew we would sin but He made a way of redemption with His Son Jesus in heaven and Jesus kept his part. Don’t forget that Satan is down here too and he started all this mess. So when you get into a tissy about there is no God then ask yourself why its so important to trash God if he doesn’t exhist? Because He does! but you just don’t like the way God works.This life is not about us. Its about unfinished business with Satan and God keeping his promises, which one of those is leading men who accepted salvation through Jesus His Son into the promised land (heaven). See its not what we think its what God has alresdy willed. It was His will to build a Nation and to make a mockery of the Egyptian rituals of going into the realm of death you know Osiris.(read the pharaohs rituals) Every plague mocked a part of their false journey through the underworld. Believe me God knows what He is doing. And be careful what you say,for God will not be mocked. There is still hope for you though, thats why Christ came to save a sinner such as you. You have to dig deeper your reading the word without understanding. perhaps you should start with Jesus parables they might enlighten you. Good luck praying for you.


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