Sometimes God tells you to do crazy sounding things…like turn around and go back to where you’ve just come from so the hard-headed, tyrannical king to whom you used to be cruelly enslaved can attack you.
At least that’s what He tells the Hebrews to do in Exodus 14.
And when they obey this madness, He blesses them in magnificent fashion by saving them in miraculous fashion and following through on His previous promises in dramatic fashion.
And sometimes He does that with us, too. He asks us to so something seemingly nuts, and then He blesses us crazy amounts when we obey. (Ex., trust Jesus is who He says He is and will do what He says He will.)
Sometimes I wonder if He doesn’t make a game out of it just to amuse Himself. I definitely would if I were God. Which means He probably doesn’t.
God’s big on passing down stories from generation to generation. Particularly stories that show new generations God’s faithfulness. Why? Because hearing another person’s testimony about something or Someone can be the single drop of gasoline that starts a fire in someone else. It’s one thing to know about God; it’s another to hear people tell of their firsthand experiences with God.
In Exodus 13 God establishes some reminders of how He freed he Israelites from slavery in Egypt and admonishes the people to pass those reminders on.
*Note: there is no mention of the actual Alamo in Exodus 13.
In Exodus 12 Pharaoh finally comes to his senses and not only allows the Hebrews to go worship, He forces them to go. And not only is he forcing them to go for the allotted 3-day weekend Moses had asked for, Pharaoh forces them to go permanently. To find out why, watch this handy dandy video.
In Exodus 10 Pharaoh starts to catch on that, perhaps, his life will continue to be plagued with plagues if he doesn’t play ball with Moses/Yahweh. To mix metaphors, Pharaoh offers Mo the chance to play Let’s Make a Deal, to which Moses responds, “Let’s not.” Check out the tense tension in the Exodus 10 video.