February 22, Reading 1 – Exodus 13:1-14:4

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SAA Notes

The consecration of the first-born mirrors the plague of the firstborn of Egypt. The future of Israel is with God. The heirs were to be God’s sons, men of faith and courage and righteousness. They were redeemed with a lamb! The connection with Jesus is obvious – 1 Peter 1:19 and Revelation 7:14.

SJA Notes

It is important to dwell on the what it means for us that God brought His people out from Egypt with a mighty hand, killing the all firstborn in the land of Egypt, redeeming His people.

Jesus is the firstborn of all creation (Ephesians 1).

And so this historical event points us to a far greater (even though itself was such a powerful happening) sacrifice and redemption.

God Almighty, the Trinity God, put the firstborn of all creation (the image of the Invisible God, God the Son) on the cross to suffer death – That we His people would be redeemed from death into life.

And so Paul can say of Jesus,

“… And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

Jesus redeemed us, restored us, reconciled us to Himself.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious God,

Thank You for giving us what we do not deserve – Eternal life!

Merciful Father,

Thank You for not giving us what do deserve – Eternal suffering outside of You.

Please Lord God, please write Your word on our hearts today.

Please help us to live as redeemed people in this world.

Amen.

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