That the time of the Exodus was also the time of the birth of Israel as a nation is evident from
what God told Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt. This was actually a fulfillment of what God
had told Jacob: “Fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation”
The month referred to in Exodus 12:2-3 is the month of April, known to the nation of Israel as
“Abib.” From that point on Israel was to keep the Feast of the Passover during this month.
Deuteronomy 16:1 refers to this: “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the
Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by
The Feast of the Passover was a remembrance of the beginning of the nation of Israel. As such,
the Passover reminded the Israelites of everything that was foundational to the nation itself.
Just as the Israelites needed to be reminded of their beginning as a nation, those of us who know
Jesus Christ as Saviour need to be reminded of the deliverance we have experienced.
Colossians 1:12 14 refers to this deliverance: “Giving thanks unto the Father…. who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before (Phil. 3:13).