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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 13:1-10

Care is here taken to perpetuate the remembrance, I. Of the preservation of Israel's firstborn, when the firstborn of the Egyptians were slain. In memory of that distinguishing favour, and in gratitude for it, the firstborn, in all ages, were to be consecrated to God, as his peculiars (Exod. 13:2), and to be redeemed, Exod. 13:13. God, who by the right of creation is proprietor and sovereign of all the creatures, here lays claim in particular to the firstborn of the Israelites, by right of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 13:8

And thou shall show thy son in that day ,.... On the first of the days of the feast of unleavened bread, the reason of eating it; and this is to be shown not to a son or single child only, but by parents to all their children, sons and daughters, and even unasked, as Maimonides F2 Hilchot Chametz Umetzah, c. 7. sect. 2, 3. interprets it; and so Jarchi's note is, to a son that knows not how to ask or what to ask about; see Gill on Exodus 12:26 , Exodus 12:27 , saying, this is... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 13:8

Verse 8 8.And thou shalt shew thy son in that day. He repeats what we have already remarked, viz., an injunction to parents to teach their children, that they may thus transmit the service of God to their descendants. In the preceding chapter it was said, “when your children shall say unto you,” etc.; and now he more briefly commands that God’s goodness should be proclaimed, although none should make inquiry respecting it; because parents ought to be voluntarily disposed to educate their... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 13:1-16

The Dedication and Redemption of the First-born. In commemoration of the great mercy whereby their first-born sons were spared, when all those of the Egyptians were slain, God required the Israelites to do two things:— I. THAT CHRISTIAN PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO DEDICATE , NOT THEIR FIRST - BORN SONS ONLY , BUT ALL THEIR CHILDREN , TO GOD IN BAPTISM . All have deserved death. All have been in danger of it. All have been spared by the mercy of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 13:1-17

The sanctification of the first-born. This command has its basis in the fact that on the night when God executed his tremendous judgment against Egypt, the first-born of Israel was spared. Because this great mercy had been shown to Israel, the first-born of man and beast were ever afterwards to be reckoned as specially belonging to Jehovah. The first-born of the generation then living was his by direct purchase; all later first-borns were to be his by grateful dedication. It was required,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 13:3-11

Remember this day. The exhortation in these verses may very well be applied to Christians. They are to remember the fact add the might of their redemption. They are to commemorate it by observance of appointed ordinances. They are to beware of forgetting it in days of prosperity. They are to show their remembrance of it by a holy walk, and by due instruction of their children. I. REMEMBER THE FACT AND THE MIGHT OF YOUR REDEMPTION . 1 . The fact of it ( ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 13:3-16

The rightful use of Church ordinances. Church ordinances are The benefits derivable from them depend mainly upon their rightful use. We learn from the instructions hero given to the Israelites by Moses, that their rightful use consists especially— I. IN THE REGULAR KEEPING OF THEM . "Thou shalt keep this ordinance in his season from year to year." Spasmodic observance, enthusiastic and frequent at one time, perfunctory and infrequent at another, ten times this year, once... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 13:3-16

How to declare God's salvation. I. BY THE REMEMBRANCE OF HIS MERCIES . 1 . "Remember this day in which ye came out from Egypt." 2 . The celebration of the Passover awoke inquiry among those who had not witnessed God's deeds ( Exodus 13:8 ).—True gratitude, heartfelt thanksgiving, will make the reality of God's love to be felt by those who have not known him. II. BY THE DOING OF HIS WILL . The Israelites, in sacrificing or redeeming the first-born,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 13:8

And thou shalt shew thy son . Repeated from Exodus 12:26 , Exodus 12:27 . read more

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