Exodus 13: Pillar of Fire


Moses once again explains the commandment of Passover, in detail, this time focusing on what you will tell your first born son about why this is important. Moses takes the bones of Joseph with them since they remember that Joseph had promised that God would come back to them someday, which he had. Moses then leads everyone not to land of the Philistines because the war there might make the Israelites scared and they would return to Egypt. So instead, he leads them towards the Red Sea. They are guided by a pillar of fire and smoke that shines through both day and night.

In other words:

The Israelites leave Egypt and head for the red sea. There is apparently a volcano erupting that they are heading toward.

Favorite bit:

(Exodus 13:21,22) And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire, by night, from before the people. This is such a great description of what it would look like if a volcano was erupting.

Most annoying bit:

More information about Passover. This is the 4th or 5th segment dedicated to this ceremony. On the other hand, if you have been to a Passover Seder, you will recognize the language as it is the same that is laid out here in the Bible.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Know where you are going, have a plan (Exodus 13)
Kids have a right to know why certain things occur (Exodus 13: 14-17)