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Old Testament Lesson 14:
March 28–April 3
“Remember This Day, in Which Ye Came Out from Egypt”
Exodus 7: Moses is appointed to give the word of the Lord to Pharaoh—The Lord will multiply signs and wonders in Egypt—Aaron’s rod becomes a serpent—The river is turned into blood—The magicians imitate the miracles of Moses and Aaron.
Exodus 8: The Lord sends plagues of frogs, lice, and flies upon Egypt—Pharaoh hardens his heart.
Exodus 9: The Lord destroys the cattle of the Egyptians, but not of the Israelites—Boils and blains are sent upon the Egyptians—The Lord sends hail and fire upon the people of Pharaoh, but not upon the people of Israel.
Exodus 10: The Lord sends a plague of locusts—This is followed by thick darkness in all Egypt for three days—Moses is cast out from the presence of Pharaoh.
Exodus 11: The departing Israelites are authorized to ask for jewels and gold from their neighbors—The Lord promises to slay the firstborn in every Egyptian home—He puts a difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites.
Exodus 12: The Lord institutes the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread—Lambs without blemish are slain—Israel is saved by their blood—The firstborn of all Egyptians are slain—Israel is thrust out of Egypt after 430 years—No bones of the paschal lambs are to be broken.
Exodus 13: The firstborn of man and of beasts are to be sanctified unto the Lord—The Feast of Unleavened Bread is to be kept in the land of Canaan—Moses takes Joseph’s bones out of Egypt—The Lord attends Israel in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
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Joseph ruled a secondincommand in Egypt to a good Pharaoh. And during the great famine, Joseph invited his entire family, the House of Israel, to live in Egypt, where there was enough food for everyone. Fast forward 300 plus years, and their descendants are still in Egypt, but now as captive slaves to a horrible Pharaoh who knew not Joseph. So the House of Israel, also called Israelites, or Hebrews by the Egyptians, have been forced to do backbreaking labor for generations. They need a hero, someone to rescue them from this awful bondage.
So God sends a special baby boy to one day save them all. Sound familiar?
Now, this current Pharaoh sees the Israelites multiplying so fast that he fears they’ll soon have more power than him. And to prevent this cruelly orders all baby Hebrew boys to be killed. Well, you know the story of Moses mother, Yokobet, concealing her beloved baby son in a basket in the river to save him. And Pharaoh’s daughter finding loving and wanting him for her own son. But imagine her approaching her father.
Dad, I know you want all the Hebrew baby boys killed, but I found one of them, and I want to raise them here in the palace as your grandson. Remarkably, the Pharaoh agrees. Her incredible courage saves this future Prophet, and Moses is raised in the house of Pharaoh as royalty. However, 40 years later, Moses leaves the palace behind, moves far away to Midian, and marries Zapora. He spends the next 40 years learning about the true God from Zapora and his fatherinlaw Jethro.
Once he comes to know the true and living God, the Lord speaks to him from a burning Bush. And God calls him on a heroic mission to Egypt, where he’s to set the children of Israel free. No pressure, right? Accompanied by his brother Aaron, who was called to be a spokesperson, Moses enters the evil Pharaoh’s court. They demand that God’s people, the Israelites, be set free.
Pharaoh turns livid and says, no, he doesn’t believe in Moses. God considering himself to be the most powerful man on Earth. So God must show Pharaoh who really is all powerful. And the battle begins. God instructs Moses to have Aaron turn his staff into a snake.
And when the Pharaohs priests do likewise, Aaron’s staff swallows them up. Next, Aaron stretches out his staff and turns the Nile’s water to blood. But the court magicians scoff and imitate this miracle, too. So God sends nine more plagues to help them believe. Frogs jumping in everything.
Seriously, if just one of them entered my kitchen, yeah, I’d probably run from the house praying for deliverance, but then lice everywhere. It’s worse than kindergarten, and it’s followed by carpets of flies. Now, with each plague, Moses and the Israelites recognize these incredible manifestations of God’s power, and their faith in him is strengthened. However, after each plague, Pharaoh reacts quite the opposite and hardens his own heart. By the way, that wording is corrected according to Joseph Smith’s inspired Bible translation, each time Pharaoh’s hard hearted refusal to let the people of God go Brings another great plague, they escalate, becoming more and more destructive as the Lord gives Pharaoh lots of chances to let the people go.
Next, the Egyptians cattle dye. Seriously, Where’s the beef? Then people are covered in boils, blisters, Blaines, carbuncles, and cysts, calling Dr. Pimple Popper. Grossed out, distressed, and just wanting the plagues to end, The Egyptians beg Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.
And time and again, Pharaoh promises Moses he’ll let the people go if his God ends the plague. But each time God does stop the plagues, the hard hearted Pharaoh quickly forgets his promise and refuses. So the Egyptian’s crops are targeted next and destroyed by both hail and fire. Whoa. Followed by swarms of locusts to weed whatever’s left.
Their food supply is gone. When the 9th plague of thick darkness covers the Egyptians, they can’t see anything. But do hear the crowds of starving people moaning in pain. Today one could ask, how often must I be plagued by hardship or challenge Before I will listen to the Lord? Despite all the miracles and destruction, Pharaoh still thinks he has the greatest power.
So God sends a devastating final hemp plague to ultimately set the Israelites free. The Lord sends his destroying angel to kill the firstborn in every single home except God prepares a miracle to save those who worship Jehovah so that the destroying angel will pass over the homes of the Israelites, who obediently follow several specific steps defined by God. They must take a male lamb without blemish, sacrifice it and use its blood to paint the doorposts of their home to witness that they worship Jehovah. Now we’ll discuss much more about the Passover And how it points to Jesus Christ as part of our Easter episode. But for now, the destroying angel silently passes over the Israelites, but hurting every Egyptian family, including killing Pharaoh’s own firstborn son.
Devastated, he finally does let the Israelites go. Now, just as the death of these firstborn children set the Israelites free, It’s only the death and atonement of God’s firstborn son that will ultimately set us free. Oh, but wait, Pharaoh’s not done yet. Next week, as the children of Israel start their great exodus, Pharaoh sent his terrifying armies to destroy them all. What will save them this time?
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