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Book of Exodus Chapter 13 Summary

Recap, Circumcision, and Magic

  • Moses reminds the people how big a deal their liberation from Egypt was, and proclaims that the festival of the Lord will occur every year to commemorate the event.
  • This was the guy who said he wasn't qualified to do the job. Just look at him now!
  • Circumcision is established as a way to mark God's covenant on males.
  • In a not-so-great turn of events, God steers the Israelites away from the land he promised them. He does this because the Philistines, a coastal nation, are in the way of Canaan, the land God promised the Israelites.
  • God is worried that if the Israelites get into a war with the Philistines, they will forget that he, God, just saved them. So they go the long way around.
  • God leads the people "in a pillar of cloud by day," and "a pillar of fire by night" (13:21-22). Whoa.
  • Moses takes the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had wanted to be moved with his people.

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