Exodus 13…We just finished with God bringing 600,000 men, not including women, children, and other foreigners who wished to join them, out of Egypt.
Now, in chapter 13, we find God’s instructions concerning the dedication of the firstborn males. They are to sacrifice the firstborn male of their livestock, with the option of redeeming a donkey by substituting a lamb. Every firstborn son is to be redeemed also with a lamb. Do you see how this points to Yeshua Jesus, God’s firstborn Son, sacrificed to redeem both Jew and Gentile?
When their children ask why they do this, they are to teach them about how God strongly and powerfully redeemed them from Egypt and Pharaoh by saving them through the death of Egypt’s firstborn.
Verses 9-12 really jump out at me! “It” , this firstborn sacrifice command/instruction/ordinance, was for the purpose to mark their hand (actions) and their forehead (mind), to cause them to remember the Lord their powerful God, and to teach their children by His Word of instruction coming out of their mouth, and to obey! This reminded them of their identity and why they do what they do. They were a people marked by their obedient actions and focus on God, as His people!
We find in Revelation the same terms of being marked on the hand and forehead. In Revelation 14:9-12, people are marked by the beast. In Revelation 12:1 and 22:4, people are marked by God.
In Deuteronomy 6:8 and 11:18. we see that it is the Word of God we are to bind as a mark on our hand (actions, what we do) and forehead (mind, what we think). Knowing His Word and doing it marks a Christian as His people!
Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews 8:10, “declares the Lord, ‘I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God and they will be My people.”
A new perspective on the mark of God and the mark of the beast! Whose mark are you demonstrating by what you think and what you do? Whose word of instructions and knowledge do you know and live by? Are your bearing the mark of God on your forehead and in your hand?