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

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