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Throughout the 40 Days of Lent, our Words from the Servants podcast will feature brothers from around the world as they give daily commentary on the books of Exodus and Hebrews. Today, our brother Doug Smith – currently living in Belfast, Northern Ireland – provides commentary on Exodus 12:21-36. Take a listen below or click here to download. You can find the full list of our meditation passages for this 40 Days here.


Exodus 12:21-36:

Then Moses called all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Select lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood which is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to slay the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to slay you. You shall observe this rite as an ordinance for you and for your sons for ever. And when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he slew the Egyptians but spared our houses.'” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 

Then the people of Israel went and did so; as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

At midnight the LORD smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the first-born of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the first-born of the cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where one was not dead. And he summoned Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise up, go forth from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said. Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also!” 

And the Egyptians were urgent with the people, to send them out of the land in haste; for they said, “We are all dead men.” So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their mantles on their shoulders. The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked of the Egyptians jewelry of silver and of gold, and clothing; and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they despoiled the Egyptians. 

Doug Smith
Doug is a lifelong committed brother who lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Doug serves as the senior coordinator of Charis, an ecumenical Christian community in Northern Ireland. He has also served in Youth Initiatives, a cross-community youth ministry in Belfast, since 1992. He is currently the management support officer for the organization, and served as the chief officer of Youth Initiatives from 2003-2018. Doug grew up in Ohio and enjoys running and hiking around Ireland. He is featured in the article, Doug Smith – Brother & Director.
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