Exodus 7-13 – “Remember This Day, in Which Ye Came Out from Egypt”

March 28, 2022 to April 3, 2022

God caused plagues to punish Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but Pharaoh was slow to learn that God is in control. Finally, after the tenth plague and the loss of his son, Pharaoh released the children of Israel from bondage. The slain Passover lamb saved the children of Israel from death and is a symbol of Christ’s atonement and our deliverance from sin. 

 

“Old Testament Types and Symbols,” Gerald N. Lund, Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience 

This article contains a section on Passover and the exodus and the many symbols related to it. The bondage of Israel is a type of humanity’s bondage to sin. The Passover lamb is Christ. Leaven is a symbol of corruption, and unleavened bread is a symbol of purging ungodliness from our lives. The bitter herbs are a reminder of bondage. Eating in haste exemplifies that there must be no delay in following Christ. The firstborn being passed over from death is a symbol of deliverance from spiritual death. 

“Judaism,” Light and Truth: A Latter-day Saint Guide to World Religions, Roger R. Keller 

This article describes Jewish holy days. Passover celebrates the angel of death passing over the homes of the Israelites, and the Jews remember what the Lord has done for them by eating unleavened bread and bitter herbs.   

“Trust in the Lord: Exodus and Faith,” S. Kent Brown, Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament, BYU Religious Studies Center 

Moses learned that he must totally rely on God. God was in control of events: beginning with the fourth plague, he spared the Israelites, distinguishing them from the Egyptians.

“The Appearance of Elijah and Moses in the Kirtland Temple and the Jewish Passover,” Stephen D. Ricks, BYU Studies 23, no. 4

Moses and Elijah appeared in the Kirtland temple on Sunday, April 3, 1836, and some have believed this was the exact time of the Seder of Passover. Such exact correspondence is probably incorrect, but if one sees Passover as referring to the weeklong remembrance the fifteenth of Nisan, it would be correct to say that the heavenly visitors came during the Passover season.

“The Israelite Background of Moses Typology in the Book of Mormon,” Noel B. Reynolds, BYU Studies 44, no. 2

Nephi and Lehi both saw themselves as Moses figures; their circumstances were much like Moses’. Lehi draws on Moses in his farewell address (2 Nephi 1-4). A chart lists the many ways in which Nephi is similar to Moses.

“The Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon,” S. Kent Brown, BYU Studies 30, no. 3

Moses’ exodus is deeply remembered by the Nephites and several exodus events appear in the Book of Mormon. Lehi’s family reenacts the Exodus. Zeniff’s colony leaving Zarahemla has parallels to Moses’ people going to reclaim their promised land. Nephite prophets cite the Exodus as proof of God’s ability to fulfill his promises. The Exodus was linked typologically to the effects of Jesus’ atonement in Alma 36.

Dating the Death of Jesus Christ, Jeffrey R. Chadwick, BYU Studies 54, no. 4

Jesus’ death is foretold by the events of Passover in Exodus 12. Evidence from ancient sources indicate that Jesus died on Thursday, the eve of Passover, in AD 30.

“Exodus 11-19: The Passover and the Exodus,” Old Testament Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel, Church Educational System

This study guide tells how the Passover saved the Israelites from bondage and death. The section on the first plagues, Exodus 7-10, is found in “Exodus 1-10, Let My People Go.”

“Moses as a Similitude of Christ,” chart 8-8, John W. Welch, Charting the New Testament 

Here are ten similarities between the life of Moses and the life of Christ.