Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Oh, how great was the redemption that God accomplished for Israel on that night of deliverance! First, they were delivered from death. In like manner, we, too, have been delivered from eternal death-spared from hell and from being cut off from God forever.

Next, they were redeemed from sickness. Psalm 105:37 says that "there were no sick or feeble people among them," even after many years of hard labor! In the same way, Christ paid for our healing, for we "have been healed by his wounds" (1 Peter 2:24).

Then the Israelites were redeemed from poverty. Overnight they went from being paupers to being prosperous when they "asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold" (Exodus 12:35). The Lord gave them favor and the Egyptians granted their request, providing them with all they needed in order to live in the wilderness and to build a glorious tabernacle for the Lord.

We can claim a full inheritance of provision for any need we have to advance the glory of God. Our redemption was not paid for with the blood of bulls and goats, but with the precious blood of Christ!

Exodus 12:14-13:16

14 “This is a day you are to commemorate;Ex 13:9; 23:14; 32:5 for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.ver 17, 24; Ex 13:5, 10; 27:21; Lev 3:17; 10:9; 16:29; 17:7; 23:14; 24:3; Nu 18:2315 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast.Ex 13:6-7; 23:15; 34:18; Lev 23:6; Nu 28:17; Dt 16:3; 1Co 5:7 On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut offS Ge 17:14 from Israel.16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no workNu 29:35 at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do.

17 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread,Ex 23:15; 34:18; Dt 16:16; 2Ch 8:13; 30:21; Ezr 6:22; Mt 26:17; Lk 22:1; Ac 12:3 because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt.ver 41; S Ex 6:6, 26; 13:3; Lev 19:36 Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.Lev 3:1718 In the first monthS ver 2 you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day.19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreignerNu 9:14; 15:14; 35:15; Dt 1:16; Jos 8:33 or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut offS Ge 17:14 from the community of Israel.20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live,Lev 3:17; Nu 35:29; Eze 6:6 you must eat unleavened bread.”Ex 13:6

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the PassoverS ver 11; Mk 14:12-16 lamb.22 Take a bunch of hyssop,Lev 14:4, 6; Nu 19:18; Ps 51:7 dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the bloodHeb 11:28 on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.23 When the Lord goes through the land to strikeIsa 19:22 down the Egyptians, he will see the bloodS ver 7; Rev 7:3 on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass overS ver 13 that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyerS Ge 16:7; Isa 37:36; Jer 6:26; 48:8; 1Co 10:10; Heb 11:28 to enter your houses and strike you down.

24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinanceS ver 14 for you and your descendants.25 When you enter the landS Ge 15:14; Ex 3:17 that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.26 And when your childrenEx 10:2 ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’27 then tell them, ‘It is the PassoverS ver 11 sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’”S Ex 8:23 Then the people bowed down and worshiped.S Ge 24:2628 The Israelites did just what the Lord commandedver 50 Moses and Aaron.

29 At midnightS Ex 11:4 the LordS Ge 19:13 struck down all the firstbornS Ex 4:23 in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestockS Ex 9:6 as well.30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailingS Ex 11:6 in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

The Exodus

31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worshipS Ex 8:8 the Lord as you have requested.32 Take your flocks and herds,Ex 10:9, 26 as you have said, and go. And also blessGe 27:34 me.”

33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurryS ver 11 and leaveS Ex 6:1; 1Sa 6:6 the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!”S Ge 20:3; S Ex 8:1934 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughsEx 8:3 wrapped in clothing.35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and goldS Ex 3:22 and for clothing.S Ge 24:5336 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposedS Ge 39:21 toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plunderedS Ex 3:22 the Egyptians.

37 The Israelites journeyed from RamesesS Ge 47:11 to Sukkoth.Ex 13:20; Nu 33:3-5 There were about six hundred thousand menGe 12:2; Ex 38:26; Nu 1:46; 2:32; 11:13, 21; 26:51 on foot, besides women and children.38 Many other peopleNu 11:4; Jos 8:35 went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.39 With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven outEx 3:20; 11:1 of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.

40 Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in EgyptMasoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint Egypt and Canaan was 430 years.Ge 15:13; Ac 7:6; Gal 3:1741 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisionsS Ex 6:26 left Egypt.S Ex 3:1042 Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.Ex 13:10; Lev 3:17; Nu 9:3; Dt 16:1, 6

Passover Restrictions

43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover meal:S ver 11

“No foreignerver 48; Nu 9:14; 15:14; 2Ch 6:32-33; Isa 14:1; 56:3, 6; 60:10 may eat it.44 Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have circumcisedS Ge 17:12-13 him,45 but a temporary resident or a hired workerLev 22:10 may not eat it.

46 “It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.Nu 9:12; Ps 22:14; 34:20; 51:8; Pr 17:22; Jn 19:36*47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.

48 “A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land.ver 49; Lev 19:18, 34; 24:22; Nu 9:14; 10:32 No uncircumcisedEze 44:7 male may eat it.49 The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreignerLev 24:22; Nu 15:15-16, 29; Dt 1:16 residing among you.”

50 All the Israelites did just what the Lord had commandedver 28 Moses and Aaron.51 And on that very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of EgyptS Ex 3:10; S 6:6 by their divisions.S Ex 6:26

Consecration of the Firstborn

13 The Lord said to Moses,“Consecrate to me every firstborn male.ver 12, 13, 15; Ex 22:29; 34:20; Lev 27:26; Nu 3:13; 8:17; 18:15; Dt 15:19; Ne 10:36; Lk 2:23* The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”

Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt,ver 14; Ex 7:4; Lev 26:13; Nu 1:1; 9:1; 22:5; 26:4; Dt 4:45; 5:6; Ps 81:10; 114:1 out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.S Ex 3:20 Eat nothing containing yeast.S Ex 12:8Today, in the month of Aviv,S Ex 12:2 you are leaving.When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites,ver 11 Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and JebusitesS Ex 3:8—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honeyS Ex 3:8—you are to observe this ceremonyEx 12:25-26 in this month:For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festivalS Ex 12:15-20 to the Lord.Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders.On that day tell your son,S Ex 10:2; Ps 78:5-6 ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’This observance will be for you like a sign on your handIsa 44:5 and a reminder on your foreheadver 16; Dt 6:8; 11:18; Pr 3:3; Mt 23:5 that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.S Ex 3:2010 You must keep this ordinanceS Ex 12:14 at the appointed timePs 75:2; 102:13 year after year.

11 “After the Lord brings you into the land of the CanaanitesS ver 5 and gives it to you, as he promised on oathS Ge 22:16; Dt 1:8 to you and your ancestors,S Ge 12:7; S 17:19; Ps 105:42-4512 you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord.S Ge 4:4; Lev 27:26; Nu 3:13; 18:15, 17; Lk 2:23*13 Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey,ver 15; Lev 27:11 but if you do not redeem it, break its neck.Ex 34:20; Isa 66:3 RedeemNu 3:46-47 every firstborn among your sons.Nu 18:15

14 “In days to come, when your sonS Ex 10:2 asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.Ex 20:2; Dt 7:8; 28:6815 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’S ver 216 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your foreheadS ver 9 that the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”

14 “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time.15 For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival will be cut off from the community of Israel.16 On the first day of the festival and again on the seventh day, all the people must observe an official day for holy assembly. No work of any kind may be done on these days except in the preparation of food.

17 “Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation.18 The bread you eat must be made without yeast from the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day of that month.19 During those seven days, there must be no trace of yeast in your homes. Anyone who eats anything made with yeast during this week will be cut off from the community of Israel. These regulations apply both to the foreigners living among you and to the native-born Israelites.20 During those days you must not eat anything made with yeast. Wherever you live, eat only bread made without yeast.”

21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal.22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning.23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.

24 “Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever.25 When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony.26 Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’27 And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped.

28 So the people of Israel did just as the Lord had commanded through Moses and Aaron.29 And that night at midnight, the Lord struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed.30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.

Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

31 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the Lord as you have requested.32 Take your flocks and herds, as you said, and be gone. Go, but bless me as you leave.”33 All the Egyptians urged the people of Israel to get out of the land as quickly as possible, for they thought, “We will all die!”

34 The Israelites took their bread dough before yeast was added. They wrapped their kneading boards in their cloaks and carried them on their shoulders.35 And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed; they asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold.36 The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!

37 That night the people of Israel left Rameses and started for Succoth. There were about 600,000 men,Or fighting men; Hebrew reads men on foot. plus all the women and children.38 A rabble of non-Israelites went with them, along with great flocks and herds of livestock.39 For bread they baked flat cakes from the dough without yeast they had brought from Egypt. It was made without yeast because the people were driven out of Egypt in such a hurry that they had no time to prepare the bread or other food.

40 The people of Israel had lived in EgyptSamaritan Pentateuch reads in Canaan and Egypt; Greek version reads in Egypt and Canaan. for 430 years.41 In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the Lord’s forces left the land.42 On this night the Lord kept his promise to bring his people out of the land of Egypt. So this night belongs to him, and it must be commemorated every year by all the Israelites, from generation to generation.

Instructions for the Passover

43 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the instructions for the festival of Passover. No outsiders are allowed to eat the Passover meal.44 But any slave who has been purchased may eat it if he has been circumcised.45 Temporary residents and hired servants may not eat it.46 Each Passover lamb must be eaten in one house. Do not carry any of its meat outside, and do not break any of its bones.47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate this Passover festival.

48 “If there are foreigners living among you who want to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, let all their males be circumcised. Only then may they celebrate the Passover with you like any native-born Israelite. But no uncircumcised male may ever eat the Passover meal.49 This instruction applies to everyone, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner living among you.”

50 So all the people of Israel followed all the Lord’s commands to Moses and Aaron.51 On that very day the Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt like an army.

Dedication of the Firstborn

13 Then the Lord said to Moses,“Dedicate to me every firstborn among the Israelites. The first offspring to be born, of both humans and animals, belongs to me.”

So Moses said to the people, “This is a day to remember forever—the day you left Egypt, the place of your slavery. Today the Lord has brought you out by the power of his mighty hand. (Remember, eat no food containing yeast.)On this day in early spring, in the month of Abib,Hebrew On this day in the month of Abib. This first month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of March and April. you have been set free.You must celebrate this event in this month each year after the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites. (He swore to your ancestors that he would give you this land—a land flowing with milk and honey.)For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. Then on the seventh day, celebrate a feast to the Lord.Eat bread without yeast during those seven days. In fact, there must be no yeast bread or any yeast at all found within the borders of your land during this time.

“On the seventh day you must explain to your children, ‘I am celebrating what the Lord did for me when I left Egypt.’This annual festival will be a visible sign to you, like a mark branded on your hand or your forehead. Let it remind you always to recite this teaching of the Lord: ‘With a strong hand, the Lord rescued you from Egypt.’Or Let it remind you always to keep the instructions of the Lord on the tip of your tongue, because with a strong hand, the Lord rescued you from Egypt.10 So observe the decree of this festival at the appointed time each year.

11 “This is what you must do when the Lord fulfills the promise he swore to you and to your ancestors. When he gives you the land where the Canaanites now live,12 you must present all firstborn sons and firstborn male animals to the Lord, for they belong to him.13 A firstborn donkey may be bought back from the Lord by presenting a lamb or young goat in its place. But if you do not buy it back, you must break its neck. However, you must buy back every firstborn son.

14 “And in the future, your children will ask you, ‘What does all this mean?’ Then you will tell them, ‘With the power of his mighty hand, the Lord brought us out of Egypt, the place of our slavery.15 Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, so the Lord killed all the firstborn males throughout the land of Egypt, both people and animals. That is why I now sacrifice all the firstborn males to the Lord—except that the firstborn sons are always bought back.’16 This ceremony will be like a mark branded on your hand or your forehead. It is a reminder that the power of the Lord’s mighty hand brought us out of Egypt.”

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

16 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.

17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame 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.

18 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.

19 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.

20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

21 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.

22 And ye 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.

23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

25 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.

26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

27 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.

28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

29 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.

30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

31 And he called for Moses and Aaron 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.

32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

33 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.

34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

35 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:

36 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.

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.

38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

39 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.

40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

41 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.

42 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.

43 And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

44 But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

46 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.

47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

48 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.

49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

This day came ye out in the month Abib.

And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.

Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord.

Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.

And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.

And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord's law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt.

10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.

11 And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,

12 That thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord's.

13 And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:

15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.

16 And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.

Matthew 20:29-21:22

Two Blind Men Receive Sight20:29-34pp — Mk 10:46-52; Lk 18:35-43

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David,S Mt 9:27 have mercy on us!”

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King21:1-9pp — Mk 11:1-10; Lk 19:29-3821:4-9pp — Jn 12:12-15

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,Mt 24:3; 26:30; Mk 14:26; Lk 19:37; 21:37; 22:39; Jn 8:1; Ac 1:12 Jesus sent two disciples,saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfillS Mt 1:22 what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,

‘See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”Zech. 9:9Isa 62:11; Zec 9:9

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.A very large crowd spread their cloaks2Ki 9:13 on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“HosannaA Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15 to the Son of David!”ver 15; S Mt 9:27

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”Psalm 118:25,26Ps 118:26; Mt 23:39

“HosannaA Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15 in the highest heaven!”Lk 2:14

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophetDt 18:15; Lk 7:16, 39; 24:19; Jn 1:21, 25; 6:14; 7:40 from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jesus at the Temple21:12-16pp — Mk 11:15-18; Lk 19:45-47

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buyingDt 14:26 and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changersEx 30:13 and the benches of those selling doves.Lev 1:1413 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’Isaiah 56:7Isa 56:7 but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’Jer. 7:11Jer 7:11

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.S Mt 4:2315 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,”ver 9; S Mt 9:27 they were indignant.Lk 19:39

16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“‘From the lips of children and infants

you, Lord, have called forth your praise’Psalm 8:2 (see Septuagint)?”Ps 8:2

17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany,Mt 26:6; Mk 11:1; Lk 24:50; Jn 11:1, 18; 12:1 where he spent the night.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree21:18-22pp — Mk 11:12-14, 20-24

18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.Isa 34:4; Jer 8:13

20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.

21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt,Mt 17:20; Lk 17:6; 1Co 13:2; Jas 1:6 not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask forS Mt 7:7 in prayer.”

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind.30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them.

But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”

33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!”34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

21 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead.“Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me.If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”

This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,

“Tell the people of Jerusalem,Greek Tell the daughter of Zion. Isa 62:11.

‘Look, your King is coming to you.

He is humble, riding on a donkey—

riding on a donkey’s colt.’”Zech 9:9.

The two disciples did as Jesus commanded.They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.Greek over them, and he sat on them.

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise GodGreek Hosanna, an exclamation of praise that literally means “save now”; also in 21:9b, 15. for the Son of David!

Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Praise God in highest heaven!”Pss 118:25-26; 148:1.

10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.

11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jesus Clears the Temple

12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves.13 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11.

14 The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them.15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.”

But the leaders were indignant.16 They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

“Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’Ps 8:2 (Greek version).17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

18 In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,19 and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” And immediately the fig tree withered up.

20 The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”

21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.

31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.

32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?

33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

21 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,

16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Psalm 25:16-22

16 Turn to meS Ps 6:4 and be gracious to me,S Nu 6:25

for I am lonelyPs 68:6 and afflicted.

17 Relieve the troubles1Ki 1:29; Ps 34:6, 17; 40:12; 54:7; 116:3 of my heart

and free me from my anguish.Ps 6:3; 39:2

18 Look on my afflictionS Ps 13:3; Ro 12:12 and my distressS 2Sa 16:12

and take away all my sins.Ps 103:3

19 See how numerous are my enemiesPs 3:1; 9:13

and how fiercely they hate me!Ps 35:19; 38:19; 69:4

20 Guard my lifePs 86:2 and rescue me;Ps 17:13; 22:21; 43:1; 71:2; 116:4; 140:1; 142:6; 144:11

do not let me be put to shame,ver 3

for I take refugePs 2:12 in you.

21 May integrityS Ge 20:5; Pr 10:9 and uprightness1Ki 9:4; Ps 85:10; 111:8; Isa 60:17; Mal 2:6 protect me,

because my hope, Lord,Septuagint; Hebrew does not have Lord. is in you.ver 3

22 Deliver Israel,Ps 130:8; Lk 24:21 O God,

from all their troubles!

16 Turn to me and have mercy,

for I am alone and in deep distress.

17 My problems go from bad to worse.

Oh, save me from them all!

18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.

Forgive all my sins.

19 See how many enemies I have

and how viciously they hate me!

20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!

Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.

21 May integrity and honesty protect me,

for I put my hope in you.

22 O God, ransom Israel

from all its troubles.

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Proverbs 6:12-15

12 A troublemaker and a villain,

who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

13 who winks maliciously with his eye,S Ps 35:19; Pr 16:30

signals with his feet

and motions with his fingers,Isa 58:9

14 who plots evilS Ps 140:2 with deceit in his heart—

he always stirs up conflict.ver 16-19

15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;S Ps 55:15

he will suddenlyJob 5:3 be destroyed—without remedy.Pr 14:32; 29:1

12 What are worthless and wicked people like?

They are constant liars,

13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye,

a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.

14 Their perverted hearts plot evil,

and they constantly stir up trouble.

15 But they will be destroyed suddenly,

broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.

12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

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