The Lord wanted the Passover eaten in a certain way

Exodus Bible Background

01.26.2017 – Old Testament: Exo 12.8–11

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 11–12 on January 26, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord was the One who rescued Israel from Egypt. Israel did not save themselves. Therefore, since He was the Savior, He asked them to do a few little things, such as the meal He wanted them to eat before their deliverance,

“Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’S Passover” (Exodus 12.8–11). 

Why did He want them to roast it, and not eat it raw or boiled, and why eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs? Why did He specify cooking all of the animal, and why did He tell them to burn the leftovers? Why did He tell them how to dress for the meal and what they should have in their hands?

We could give explanations for all these things, but it comes down to simply doing what the Lord, the One saving them, said to do. Does He not have that prerogative?


  • Are you neglecting a command of the Lord because you do not know why He commanded it?
  • Is it possible that He might simply be testing you?

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