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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day Fifteen - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Exodus 9 - 12 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day Fifteen 
Exodus 9 - 12  

Bible Time Period:  Egypt and Exodus 
You freed your people from slavery in Egypt so they could worship you. Free me from sin so I can serve and worship.

In chapters 9 -12, the plaques on Egypt continue until they culminate in the death of the first-born sons of Egypt.  This is no surprise – back in 4:22-23, God told Pharaoh through Moses:  “Israel is my first-born son, and I say to you, ‘Let my son go that he may serve me’; if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay your first born son.”  This being done, the stage will be set for the Exodus from Egypt itself. 

“Lord, in the exodus narrative each of the nine Egyptian plaques were followed by your merciful acts of redemption sending a reprieve from the suffering to allow the Egyptian Pharaoh and his subjects the opportunity to turn away from their sins and their false gods and to turn back to you.  These acts of mercy, in the midst of judgment, remind us that your judgments Lord are meant to call men and women to repentance and to restoration of fellowship with you.  As Saint Peter wrote to the Universal Church, you are patient with us “wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  It is a teaching also voiced by Saint Paul when he wrote to Saint Timothy, affirming that “…he wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3).  May the story of the Egyptian plagues inspire each of us, Lord, in the desire to turn away from sin, to be restored to your fellowship in our repentance and in the yielding of our hearts softened by the work of your Holy Spirit in our lives. “(Agape Catholic Bible Study, Exodus Lesson 6)   

Today’s Reading 
Exodus 9 -12

The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the New

Old Testament Passover victim was selected for sacrifice on the 10th of Abib/Nisan (Ex 12:3).  Jesus rode into Jerusalem to keep the Passover on the 10th of Nisan; He was the Lamb selected for sacrifice (Jn 1:29; 12:1-2, 12-14).
Old Testament Passover victims were to be kept in the community for five days (Ex 12:3, 6).  For five days Jesus taught the community of Israel in the Temple (Mt 21-26:2).

Hyssop was used to put the blood on the door posts and lintels (Ex 12:22).  Hyssop was used to give Jesus His last drink on the Cross ( Jn 19:29).

No bones of the victim were to be broken (Ex 12:46).  Jesus’ bones were not broken (Jn 19:32-36).

The Israelite's were redeemed from slavery when they fled out of Egypt on the 15th of Abib/Nisan (Ex 12:29-42).  Jesus gave up His life on the Cross, redeeming mankind from sin and death on the 15th of Nisan (Jn 18:28, 17-18).

Each Passover victim died so that the Israelite's might live temporally.  Jesus was the Passover victim who died so that mankind might live eternally.

The Passover victims were the food of the sacred feast which the Israelites ate so that they might live (Ex 12:8, 13).  Saint Paul identified Jesus as our Passover Lamb that we might celebrate the feast of the Eucharist (1 Cor 5:7-8) and eat Jesus’ flesh that we might live (Jn 6:50 -58).

The sacrifice of the Passover victim was God’s plan for the salvation of Israel (Ex 12:13). The sacrifice of Jesus the Messiah was God’s plan for the salvation of mankind (Jn 3:1-16; 1 Jn 4:9)  (Agape Catholic Bible Study, Lesson 7

Discussion Boards for Day Fifteen
Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology - Plaguing Pharaoh
Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology - The Passover
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Exodus 7:26 - 10:20
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Exodus 10:21 - 12:20

The above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

For items devotional items related to the Catholic Church 

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Passover (Exodus 12:7)

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