THE EXODUS PASSOVERS
- The children of Israel observed the first Passover
dressed in a manner appropriate for travel, "with a
belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and
your staff in your hand", Exodus 12:11.
- At midnight that night the LORD killed the firstborn
of Egypt and Pharaoh arose at night and called for
Moses and Aaron (Exod 12:29-31).
- In the morning, in response to the call of Pharaoh,
Moses organized the children of Israel and led them to
the city of Rameses.
(The children lived nearby in Goshen, of the territory
of Rameses, refer Gen 47:6 & 11.)
- The children of Israel having arrived at the city of
Rameses, presumably in the afternoon, then awaited
word from Pharaoh.
[ Since Moses had agreed with Pharaoh that it was not
good for them to meet again (Exod 10:28-29), Moses
and Aaron did not personally appear before Pharaoh
in response to Pharaoh's call. ]
- Pharaoh ordered the children of Israel to leave Egypt
and serve their God as they had requested (Exod 12:31).
- That night, before the city of Rameses, the children of
Israel were glad.
The second Passover commemorates this night!
- In the morning the children of Israel departed Rameses
and in the sight of the Egyptians they journeyed to
Succoth (Num 33:3-4). On this day the Egyptians were
burying their dead, having spent the prior day in
[ NB: Those who consider the children of Israel departed for Succoth
on the morning after the death of the Egyptian firstborn, do
not portray the Israelites leaving the city of Rameses as a
single group (as Scripture indicates). In error they teach that
the Israelites swarmed from many different locations in Goshen
and finally assembled as a single unit in Succoth. ]