Verse of the Day
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April 2-8, 2020
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Exodus 12:1-14 - The First Passover

Verses 1-2: "And the LORD
[God] spake unto [spoke to] Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month [Abib, or Nisan--March/April] shall be unto you the beginning of months [on the Jewish calendar]: it shall be the first month of the year to you [with respect to religious rites or ceremonies]."

Verse 3: "Speak ye unto all the congregation
[people] of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month [Abib] they shall take to them every man [head of household] a lamb [a young sheep or goat], according to the house of their fathers [or ancestors, or according to the group they belonged to--see note below*], a lamb for an house [family, meaning one lamb per household]:"

Verse 4: "And if the household be too little
[in number] for the lamb [i.e., if there aren't enough people (at least 10 but no more than 20) in the family, including servants (but not uncircumcised males), to eat an entire lamb], let him [the head of the household] and his neighbour next unto his house [referring to the family or families living next door] take it [the lamb] according to the [total] number of the souls [people] [involved]; every man [and woman and child] according to his [or her] eating [or 'appetite'] shall make [be included or considered in] your count for [sharing] the lamb." [According to some commentators, because this was done for a solemn religious occasion, a portion, or serving, could have been as small as an olive.]

Verses 5-7: "Your lamb shall be without blemish [will have no defects or imperfections], a male of the first year: ye [you] shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it [with you, in your house, like a pet] up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly [gathering] of the congregation of Israel [meaning anyone, not just the priests] shall kill it in the evening [before sunset]. And they shall take of the blood, and [using a bunch of hyssop (a plant in the mint family) like a brush] strike it [with a slapping motion] on the two side posts and on the upper door post [also called 'lintel'] of the houses, wherein [in which] they shall eat it [the lamb] [after sunset]."

Verses 8-10: "And they shall eat the flesh
[meat] [of the lamb] in that night, roast[ed] with fire, and unleavened bread [made without leaven, or yeast]; and with bitter herbs [to represent their bondage (as slaves) in Egypt] they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw [rare, half-cooked, not thoroughly roasted], nor sodden at all with water [boiled], but roast[ed] with fire; his [the lamb's] head [should be roasted] with his legs [i.e., the lamb should be roasted whole], and with the purtenance [entrails] thereof [referring to its internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs]. And ye shall let nothing of it [none of the edible parts (i.e., the meat and internal organs)] remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it [the lamb, meaning the inedible parts, such as bones] until the morning ye shall burn with fire."

Verses 11-12: "And thus shall ye eat it
[the  meal, consisting of the lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs]; with your loins girded [with your long, loose clothes tied up around your waist], your shoes [or sandals] on your feet, and your staff [walking stick] in your hand; and ye shall eat it [the meal] in haste [quickly]: it is the LORD'S passover. For [because] I [Almighty God] will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite [strike, kill] all [of] the firstborn [males, or 'the oldest son in each family'] in the land of Egypt, both man [mankind, human beings] and beast [animals]; and against all the gods [false gods, or idols] of Egypt [i.e., everything and everyone that the Egyptians worship] I [Almighty God] will execute [carry out] judgment: I am the LORD."

Verse 13: "And the
[lamb's] blood shall be to you for a token [sign] upon the houses where ye are: and when I [God] see the blood, I will pass over you [the Israelites], and the plague [calamity, disaster] shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite [strike, kill the firstborn males throughout] the land of Egypt."

Verse 14: "And this day
[Passover] shall be unto you [Jewish people] for a memorial [reminder, remembrance]; and ye shall keep it [as] a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."

In Moses' day, it was the blood of the sacrificial lambs applied to the doorposts that protected the children of Israel from God's judgment (i.e., the death of the firstborns in Egypt). Today, only the blood of the "Lamb of God" (i.e., God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay for our sins) can save us from God's wrath (extreme anger) and coming judgment (i.e., punishment in hell and the lake of fire) when it is applied to our hearts by faith. This takes place the moment we are saved, or born again.

Note:
My gospel tracts (
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html) explain how to be saved, in case you're curious or interested.

GotQuestions.org has an article entitled "What is Passover?" that has a lot of additional information about this Jewish holiday. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html.
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*According to Adam Clarke: "… The whole host of Israel was divided into twelve tribes, these tribes into families, the families into houses, and the houses into particular persons …" (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/exodus/12-3.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")





Exodus 12:1-14 - The First Passover

Verses 1-2: "And the LORD
[God] spake unto [spoke to] Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month [Abib, or Nisan--March/April] shall be unto you the beginning of months [on the Jewish calendar]: it shall be the first month of the year to you [with respect to religious rites or ceremonies]."

Verse 3: "Speak ye unto all the congregation
[people] of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month [Abib] they shall take to them every man [head of household] a lamb [a young sheep or goat], according to the house of their fathers [or ancestors, or according to the group they belonged to--see note below*], a lamb for an house [family, meaning one lamb per household]:"

Verse 4: "And if the household be too little
[in number] for the lamb [i.e., if there aren't enough people (at least 10 but no more than 20) in the family, including servants (but not uncircumcised males), to eat an entire lamb], let him [the head of the household] and his neighbour next unto his house [referring to the family or families living next door] take it [the lamb] according to the [total] number of the souls [people] [involved]; every man [and woman and child] according to his [or her] eating [or 'appetite'] shall make [be included or considered in] your count for [sharing] the lamb." [According to some commentators, because this was done for a solemn religious occasion, a portion, or serving, could have been as small as an olive.]

Verses 5-7: "Your lamb shall be without blemish [will have no defects or imperfections], a male of the first year: ye [you] shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it [with you, in your house, like a pet] up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly [gathering] of the congregation of Israel [meaning anyone, not just the priests] shall kill it in the evening [before sunset]. And they shall take of the blood, and [using a bunch of hyssop (a plant in the mint family) like a brush] strike it [with a slapping motion] on the two side posts and on the upper door post [also called 'lintel'] of the houses, wherein [in which] they shall eat it [the lamb] [after sunset]."

Verses 8-10: "And they shall eat the flesh
[meat] [of the lamb] in that night, roast[ed] with fire, and unleavened bread [made without leaven, or yeast]; and with bitter herbs [to represent their bondage (as slaves) in Egypt] they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw [rare, half-cooked, not thoroughly roasted], nor sodden at all with water [boiled], but roast[ed] with fire; his [the lamb's] head [should be roasted] with his legs [i.e., the lamb should be roasted whole], and with the purtenance [entrails] thereof [referring to its internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs]. And ye shall let nothing of it [none of the edible parts (i.e., the meat and internal organs)] remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it [the lamb, meaning the inedible parts, such as bones] until the morning ye shall burn with fire."

Verses 11-12: "And thus shall ye eat it
[the  meal, consisting of the lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs]; with your loins girded [with your long, loose clothes tied up around your waist], your shoes [or sandals] on your feet, and your staff [walking stick] in your hand; and ye shall eat it [the meal] in haste [quickly]: it is the LORD'S passover. For [because] I [Almighty God] will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite [strike, kill] all [of] the firstborn [males, or 'the oldest son in each family'] in the land of Egypt, both man [mankind, human beings] and beast [animals]; and against all the gods [false gods, or idols] of Egypt [i.e., everything and everyone that the Egyptians worship] I [Almighty God] will execute [carry out] judgment: I am the LORD."

Verse 13: "And the
[lamb's] blood shall be to you for a token [sign] upon the houses where ye are: and when I [God] see the blood, I will pass over you [the Israelites], and the plague [calamity, disaster] shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite [strike, kill the firstborn males throughout] the land of Egypt."

Verse 14: "And this day
[Passover] shall be unto you [Jewish people] for a memorial [reminder, remembrance]; and ye shall keep it [as] a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."

In Moses' day, it was the blood of the sacrificial lambs applied to the doorposts that protected the children of Israel from God's judgment (i.e., the death of the firstborns in Egypt). Today, only the blood of the "Lamb of God" (i.e., God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay for our sins) can save us from God's wrath (extreme anger) and coming judgment (i.e., punishment in hell and the lake of fire) when it is applied to our hearts by faith. This takes place the moment we are saved, or born again.

Note:
My gospel tracts (
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html) explain how to be saved, in case you're curious or interested.

GotQuestions.org has an article entitled "What is Passover?" that has a lot of additional information about this Jewish holiday. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html.
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*According to Adam Clarke: "… The whole host of Israel was divided into twelve tribes, these tribes into families, the families into houses, and the houses into particular persons …" (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/exodus/12-3.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")





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Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 6

1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 ¶ Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 ¶ A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 ¶ These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 ¶ My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.


Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 6

1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 ¶ Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 ¶ A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 ¶ These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 ¶ My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.