Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh said, “Who is Yahweh that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know Yahweh, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”
The Israelites’ exodus from Egypt began with the order for a feast. When Yahweh liberated the Israelites from slavery, he brought them to a wilderness mountain where they entered into a covenant relationship with him that was consummated by a feast. As Yahweh gave humans food at the beginning (Gen. 2:16) and fed the Israelites after liberation, so his end goal is an abundant world characterized by the generosity of all who live in it.
Rebekah Devine is Executive Assistant to Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, an M.Litt in Theology and the Arts, and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. Rebekah blogs sporadically at rebekahdevine.com, and is writing a memoir about growing up messianic Jewish(ish) called A Wandering God Was My Father. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@rebekahmdevine).