The Cartoon Old Testament Online Book - Part 1
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The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2
This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall
be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the whole congregation
of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb
for each family, a lamb for each household. 4 If a household is
too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor
in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the
number of people who eat of it. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish,
a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then
the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it
at twilight. 7 They shall take some of the blood and put it on
the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat
it. 8 They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat
it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over
the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10 You shall
let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains
until the morning you shall burn. 11 This is how you shall eat
it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff
in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover
of the LORD. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that
night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt,
both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will
execute judgments: I am the LORD. 13 The blood shall be a sign
for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I
will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike
the land of Egypt. 14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for
you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout
your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.
Someone's Knocking at the Door
The story takes a bit of a break between the 9th and 10th (final)
plagues to provide the details of the Festival of the Passover
and Unleaven Bread. The festival of the unleaven bread was probably
originally a separate festival celebrating the barley harvest,
but it fits well the passover. So it is that the passover commemorates
the saving of their firstborn, or the passing over of the LORD,
and the unleaven bread commemorates the exodus from slavery to
their own land. It is likely that the Pharaoh, while disappointed
he lost all his slave labor was pretty happy about not having
to talk to Moses and Aaron any more.
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