So we are behind! ugh! But we are working hard to catch up. I am not going to catch the blog up, so we will just be on the honor system that we read the previous several days.
Feb 4: Exodus 10-12
God tells Moses to ask Pharaoh to let the Israelites go to worship him in the wilderness. From Exodus 7 to this point, Pharaoh keeps telling them they can leave when God sends horrible plagues (Blood, frogs, gnats, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness) and then changing his mind, so he God sends another warning and another plague.
In Exodus 11 we get to the story of the first passover. God tells the people to kill a young lamb or goat, slather the blood above their door and make sure they eat or burn the whole thing on the 14th day of the month. Then that night God will pass through the city and 'passover' the houses with blood over the door. If there is no blood he will kill the first born male. This includes Pharaoh's son. He says after he does this the egyptians will be begging the israelites to leave, and they did. God also instructs them to celebrate this yearly as a reminder of what he has done for them.
Feb 5: Exodus 13-14
God instructs the Israelites to remember that their oldest belongs to the Lord. He also tells them to celebrate the passover and to not eat any food containing yeast. The Israelites were out in the wilderness and God hardened Pharaoh's heart so he would chase after then so he could show his power.
Exodus 14, God tells Moses to "divide the waters" so the people can walk through....crazy!
Then when the Egyptians follow them in, he closes the water in on them!
Apparently there is some debate on if Pharaoh actually died in the red sea as well. According to Psalms 136:15 it was the army and Pharaoh. Here is an article about a person who found part of a chariot in the Red Sea.
In Exodus 15, we have a song of praise the Israelites sing to God thanking him for delivering them.