Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Exodus – Part 24 Consecration of Hebrew Firstborn Sons

The Exodus – Part 24

Consecration of Hebrew Firstborn Sons

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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·          The Book of Genesis

·          The Book of Exodus

·         The First Three Miracles

·         The Ten Plagues

o   Passover & Feast of Unleavened Bread

§  Instructions for Passover Feast

§  Instructions for Feast of Unleavened Bread

§  The Exodus Begins

o   Passover Restrictions

o   Consecration of Hebrew Firstborn Sons



This week we are going to look at the consecration of the Hebrews Firstborn sons. But before we do, I want to remind everyone exactly where we are and what is happening at this point.

 The Lord sent Moses to “expose” and “charge” Satan and judge him.

 This took place at the first meeting between Moses and Pharaoh who was satanically influenced. Egypt at the time was the world power and corrupt. I believe Pharaoh was a puppet of Satan’s, and God, being righteous and just, was not going to bring punishment without first revealing the offense and charging Satan with the sin.

 The righteous and just God spoke through Moses’ three miracles.


1.      Staff into a viper

a.      The Lord revealing Satan, the viper in the garden

b.     By the command of the Lord, the Lord’s servant (Moses) picked up the viper and was not harmed


c.      The message to Satan from the Lord was clear, I know you are ruling through Pharaoh and Egypt, but you cannot harm my servant


                                                                                     i.      Satan convinced Adam and Eve to sin, and therefore ruled over them because of sin.


                                                                                   ii.      The Lord states here, one who obeys His command (in this case Moses) cannot be ruled over by Satan



2.      Cursed flesh healed

a.      The Lord states the flesh of man has been made corrupt by Satan’s rule and sin


b.     However, at the command of the Lord, by His Word, those who obey (Moses placing his hand into his cloak then removing it) would be healed of that corruption (all the effects of sin)




3.      Water becomes blood

a.      The final exclamation of the Lord through the miracles was to state that it would be accomplished through water turning to blood.

                                                                                     i.      In other words, the Spirit becoming flesh

 The Lord brought charges against Satan and convicted him at this meeting.

 The Lord held back punishment, wanting to take this opportunity to teach the world and future generations about who God is, what He has done to redeem man, and how it is made available to everyone.

 The 10 plagues revealed to the world that God is God of all creation. Water, animals, insects, food, both grain and livestock, the weather, the flesh (boils), even the very thing that Pharaoh claimed to be the god of…the sun.

             Then, the death of the firstborn of Egypt.

             Egypt, symbolic of sin, pharaoh of Satan, the firstborn of lineage and rule.

             Ten plagues showing the power of God, His mighty hand, and His rule.

             Ten is also the biblical number of testimony (here, of Christ), law (God, the Law maker), responsibility (obedience of God’s people – Passover), and order.


            Today we look at the restrictions the Lord places on Passover.



Exodus 13:1-16

“The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”


3 Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. 4 Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. 5 When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: 6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord. 7 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. 8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.


11 “After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, 12 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. 13 Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.


14 “In days to come, when your son 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. 15 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.’ 16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”





a.      The consecration of the firstborn of God’s people

                                                 i.      Remember, the Lord just killed all the firstborn of Egypt

1.      Egypt is symbolic of sin and rebellion to God

2.      This is allegorically speaking of those who sin and rebel against God will lose their lives. It will be TAKEN from them.

3.      Obviously, we all die, so this is referring to the spiritual death

4.      Second death

5.      The eternal destination after physical death and judgment


                                              ii.      Now the Lord instructs His people to “consecrate to me” your firstborn sons

1.      Israel is symbolic of obedience and covenant with God

2.      Allegorically speaking of belonging to Him through covenant

3.      Therefore, we have “child dedications” in church as opposed to child baptism, because infants cannot confess and repent of sin, nor accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. They cannot even feed themselves.


                                           iii.      What we see is the Lord defining the two kingdoms that exist today.

1.      The kingdom of Satan (sin and slavery, disobedience to God)

2.      The Kingdom of God (covenant with God, obedience to God)



b.     Consecrate to Me

                                                 i.      Simply means to “set aside” or “set apart”

                                              ii.      We would say, devote to.

                                           iii.      This consecration would be a teaching point on the two kingdoms, covenant relationship with God, obedience to His command, and redemption through God’s mighty Hand



c.      Commemorate this day

                                                 i.      Observe this every year

                                              ii.      This is the day you came out of Egypt (sin)

                                           iii.      Out of the land of slavery (bondage)

                                            iv.      Because the Lord brought you out with His mighty hand




a.      There will be a day when your son asks why you do this

                                                 i.      Answer him, “I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.”


                                              ii.      This should be our answer when our children grow and ask us why we dedicated them in the church when they were born.


                                           iii.      I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of sin and bondage because of Jesus Christ.



b.     The mark of God

                                                 i.      Verse 9 “This observance will be like

1.      Is this statement literal or figurative?

2.      It is figurative “like” and allegorical in meaning


                                              ii.      This observance will be like

1.      A sign on your hand

2.      And a reminder on your forehead


                                           iii.      Figuratively speaking here, what is “like” a sign on your hand?

1.      What you do, your actions

a.      "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord” Colossians 3:23


b.     "Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." Philippians 2:14-15


c.      "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9


d.     "Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!" Psalm 90:17



                                            iv.      Figuratively speaking, what is “like” a reminder on your forehead?

1.      Your reminder, remembrance

2.      Memory, not to forget

3.      Thoughts, the way you think

a.      “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2


b.     “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8


c.      “Then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Deuteronomy 6:12


d.     “And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” I Corinthians 11:24


                                               v.      “This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips.”

1.      The things you DO and the remembrance of the Lord and what He has done for you, and the way you speak about the law of the Lord, or what He commands to others is the SIGN/MARK you belong to Him.


c.      Mark of the Beast

                                                 i.      Satan imitates God

1.      Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. – 2 Corinthians 11:14


2.      The unholy trinity – Satan-Father, Antichrist-Son, False Prophet-Holy Spirit


3.      Satan tried to imitate all the signs and plagues in Exodus


4.      “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,” 2 Thessalonians 2:9


                                              ii.      It is no wonder when the unholy trinity is introduced during tribulation he will once more imitate God



1.      “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17


2.      If taken literal, a physical mark on the hand or forehead


3.      If looked at as an imitation of what the Lord said about His people in Exodus, and meant figuratively, then we can expect that those who follow the antichrist during tribulation would show themselves by how they act and think


4.      What would this look like?

a.      Like a mark on the hands – doing / actions

b.     “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21


c.      “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5


d.     Like a reminder on the forehead – thinking

e.      “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37


f.       “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5


                                           iii.      It will be obvious who belongs to the Kingdom of God and who to the Kingdom of Satan





a.      You are to redeem every firstborn

                                                 i.      Every firstborn will be redeemed with a lamb

                                              ii.      If you do not redeem the donkey, break its neck

1.      A reminder that disobedience has consequence

                                           iii.      Every firstborn son will be redeemed with a lamb



b.     In the days to come

                                                 i.      When your son asks why you do this, tell him

                                              ii.      With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.



c.      And it will be a sign

                                                 i.      Verse 16 “And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”




            We, in light of the revelation of the New Testament, can have understanding through the Spirit of God, everything taking place in Exodus is about Christ Jesus, the covenant through Him, and the redemption of man through Jesus, which frees us from the bondage of sin and Satan’s rule.


            We are no longer citizens of Satan’s Kingdom, rather, foreigners in a strange land, citizens of the Kingdom of God through the Blood of Christ, lights in a dark world, reaching others so they too can be set free from the bondage and slavery of Satan and sin.



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