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bread ; even the first day ye

unleavened bread of sincerity and shall put away leaven out of truth. your houses : for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you ; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread ; for in this self-same day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses : for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened ; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

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shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason ; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

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23 ( blessed Jesus ! may thy blood Lord will pass through to be so sprinkled on my heart by faith, smite the Egyptians; and

that the eye of Him from whom no when he seeth the blood

secrets are hid, may see the precious

blood sprinkled there, pass orer all upon the lintel, and on the

my transgressions, and for thy sake two side posts, the Lord will forgive me all my sin. O Jesu! hear pass over the door, and will me! not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service ? that ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron,

so did they. And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose 30 Who can contemplate unmoved np in the night, he, and all this scene of woe! Fathers, their his servants,

and all the gray hairs brought down with sorEgyptians; and there was a

row to the grave ; mothers, in all

the silent agony of despair; brothers, great cry in Egypt; for there sisters, husbands, wives, severally was not a house where there survivors in the land of mourning, was not one dead. And he in which there was not a house called for Moses and Aaron where there was not one dead. by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone ; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver and jewels of gold, and raiment: and the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, eren very much cattle. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened ; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual. "Now

40 Thus God often proves the Christhe sojourning of the children tian by a long succession of trials, of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt,

and so prepares him for his rest. was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt : this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations. And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover:

There shall no stranger eat thereof: but every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof. In one house shall it be eaten ; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land : for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. Thus did all the children of Israel ; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aa- 51 God is our only deliverer, yet he ron, so did they. 51 And it chooses rather to co-operate than to came to pass the selfsame compel. day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

We are bidden to “ work out our salvation” from the bondage and punishment of sin ; though“ it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

EVENING. Exodus xiv. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-zephon: before it shall ye encamp by

3 What matters it that the enemies the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will of religion, when

are in difficulty say of the children of Israel, and perplexity, mock us, as though They are entangled in the we were forsaken of God, and must land, the wilderness hath become their prey ? God can and

will make a way to escape, if our shut them in. And I will

faith in him fail not. harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so. And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him : and he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the Lord har

8 God permitted Pharaoh to follow dened the heart of Pharaoh the devices of his own evil heart.

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king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel : and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baalzephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid : and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. · And

11 As the Israelites laid the blame they said unto Moses, Be- upon Moses, so when difficulties folcause there were no graves in low us in a religious course, we are Egypt, hast thou taken us apt to lay the blame on the Gospel, away to die in the wilderness ? and complain that the way of reliwherefore hast thou dealt thus gion is hard. with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians ? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 13 And Moses said unto the 13 Often, where danger is most people, Fear ye not, stand imminent, deliverance is most near. still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day : for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more 14 Surely “there is none other that for ever. "The LORD shall fighteth for us” also, “but only Thou, fight for you, and ye shall hold o God!" your peace. And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me ? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: but lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine band over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them : and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. "And the

19 Angels are the ministers of good angel of God, which went to the faithful ; of evil to the disbefore the camp of Israel, obedient. removed and went behind them ; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them : and it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these : so that the one came not near the other all the night. And Moses stretched out his hand over

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the sea ; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 We believe the miracle ! why the children of Israel went

should we not ? The power by into the midst of the sea upon which the sea is held, that it keep the dry ground : and the its appointed bounds, is the same waters were a wall unto them

as that which bade it transgress

them *. on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel ; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared ; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them ; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea ; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

31 Well is it, when under any more Israel saw that great work

special deliverance to the Church, which the Lord did upon the or the nation at large, a Christian Egyptians : and the people people see the work, that it is the feared the LORD, and believed Lord's; and, seeing that, “ fear the

Lord, and believe the Lord.” the LORD, and his servant Moses.

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* As we watch the wall of waters which the tide daily heaps against our shores, and see its force spent ere it reach man to harm him, do we not recognise the power of the Supreme in rolling back that "heap" of waters, lest again they cover the earth, and pour upon it a deluge instead of a tide ?-How wild would he be who believed not that it is the Lord who "shutteth up the sea with doors !" Job xxxviii. 8.

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