"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8 Commentary
by Dennis Olson
The book of Exodus begins with all 70 members of Jacob's family living as immigrants in the land of Egypt.
A new Pharaoh arose "who did not know Joseph" (1:8). This new Pharaoh enslaved these rapidly growing Israelite foreigners for fear of their increasing numbers (1:8-14). After many years of slavery, the LORD called Moses to lead the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt (3:1-10). The LORD sent plague after plague upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians in an effort to persuade Pharaoh to set the Israelites free, but Pharaoh kept refusing time after time (chapters 7-10).
Finally, the LORD prepared the Israelites for one final and terrifying plague against the Egyptians: the killing of all first-born Egyptian children and animals (11:4-8; see 4:21-23). The first-born of the Israelites would be spared the deadly effects of this plague by participating in the Passover meal and smearing the blood of the Passover lamb on the doorposts of their homes. The text for this Sunday describe this Passover meal in Egypt as well as the instructions for future celebrations of the annual Festival of Passover ...
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Narrative Lectionary 047: Exodus
September 30, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Exodus, Exod 12:1-13; 13:1-8