The feasts of Unleavened Bread and Passover marked the beginning of Israel as a redeemed nation before God, and these feasts were instituted as an annual memorial of the Lord’s mighty acts on His people’s behalf. From then on, they would set apart every firstborn animal to the Lord and redeem every firstborn son before the Lord. When they set out, the Lord guided them by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea so they would not change their minds and return to Egypt. Had they gone the easier coastal way, they would have been subsequently overwhelmed by the Egyptian army.
Reading of Exodus 13
Lord, You delight in deeds of deliverance and in providing life and hope for those who turn to You. May I walk in complete dependence upon You and not change my mind by seeking to return to the values and lusts of this world system.
Meditation passage for today: verses 9, 21-22
Taken from "Handbook to Scripture—365 Key Chapters of the Bible"