“Let my people go…” the words of Moses to the Egyptian Pharaoh as he followed God’s instructions in negotiating the release of the Jews from slavery.
The story starts with the Burning Bush (Exodus 3) where God spoke to Moses.
But Pharaoh was stubborn. He wasn’t going to let thousands of slaves free just like that. Who would make the bricks to build the temples?
Moses would not take no for answer – or God wouldn’t. So God sent plagues – one after another. He turned all the water to blood, sent frogs to cover the land, then the gnats, then flies. Still Pharaoh stood his ground. Then God killed all the livestock, but He saved the Israelites’ stock. Then all the Egyptians broke out in boils. Then hail. Then the locusts. So not just the livestock was gone, but so were the crops. Nope, Pharaoh said that was just “magic”. Then there was 3 days of darkness.
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.” “Just as you say,” Moses replied, “I will never appear before you again.” ~Exodus 10:27-29
The Lord then spoke to Moses and told him that He’d send one more plague. All the firstborn children in the land. To protect the Jew’s children, the Lord told Moses to have the Jews take lamb’s blood and put it on the doorframe of their houses. And he gave them other instructions. (Exodus 12) The plague of the firstborns “passed over” all the homes of the Jews and only affected the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh, after witnessing the death of his son, let Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
I think the best cinematic portrayal of this event it The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston.
Modern-day Jews celebrate Passover every year on the anniversary of the original event in remembrance of their ancestors’ release from slavery. It begins on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan (March and April) – the first month of the Hebrew calendar year. Passover on Wikipedia
Passover 2012 starts on April 7 – the day before Easter. Why the holidays don’t coordinate now in modern times, I don’t know. To me, Passover should be celebrated on Holy Thursday or put Easter the Sunday after Passover.
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