As the Israelite people left Egypt Moses said, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.”
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was instituted at the Passover, when God led the Israelites out of Egypt. It was for them to remember how God brought them out of bondage. For seven days they were to eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there would be a feast to the Lord.
On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. Exodus 13:8-9
The Israelites were to consecrate the firstborn of their sons and beasts to God. According to verse 8 this was done beause the Lord killed the firstborn sons and beasts of Egypt. God meant for this injuction to be front and centre of their acts toward him, that they should remember and never forget;
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deuteronomy 11:18
God wanted them to store his commands in their hearts and minds, as in Proverbs 7:1-3, because that’s where the battle is. Satan mimics God. One day the false prophet will force people to have the devil’s mark on their forehead or hand: Revelation 13:16.
The Wilderness Way
God did not lead the Israelites the direct way to the promised land, for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17
God knew the people weren’t ready for war. There were giants in the land. He needed them to have faith in Him. Have you had a wilderness experience where you needed to learn to trust God? Have you had to fight to be free? We all encounter giants, and we need to keep God front and centre in our hearts and minds for the spiritual battles we fight.
So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. Exodus 13:20-21
Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, just as we carry the DNA of the people who have gone before us. It’s not just about us, and we are here for such a time as this.
Remember the promises God to people who have gone before. We will be led through the wilderness and we will battle giants in order to inherit what God has promised.
Frontlets occurs only in Exodus 13:16 ; Deuteronomy 6:8 , and 11:18 . The meaning of the injunction to the Israelites, with regard to the statues and precepts given them, that they should “bind them for a sign upon their hand, and have them as frontlets between their eyes,” was that they should keep them distinctly in view and carefully attend to them. But soon after their return from Babylon they began to interpret this injunction literally, and had accordingly portions of the law written out and worn about their person.Frontlets
Succoth or Sukkot is also a festival to celebrate the Feast of Ingathering. The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of three fall feasts appointed and initiated by God in the Old Testament. The Feast (or Festival) of Tabernacles is also referred to as: The Feast of Booths / Ingathering / Shelters or in Hebrew “Sukkot”.
Succoth meaning booths, tabernacles is also the Syriac and Hebrew name for the Pleiades is in the constellation of Taurus.
Etham means “their strength; their sign.”