Episode 5

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25th Jan 2021

Exodus 12

Exodus #5

How do you celebrate a new feast against a backdrop of wailing mothers, crying over the death of their sons? Yet, this was the Lord's command.

History is written by the victor, they say, and the rendition of the Passover is no different. It is written from the point of view of God, not the Israelites nor the Egyptians. It is true that Passover celebrates freedom from bondage and the departure to the Promised Land. It is also true that Passover is the death of the first-born for innumerable families. Therefore, Passover is also emblematic of original sin. The human family is broken, unable to mend the rift Adam and Eve opened when they disobeyed.

Still, it would be a mistake to think that the death of the first-born is an act of cruelty on the part of a blood-thirsty deity; a comment common amongst atheists who deny the final reality of heaven and hell. God, in His mercy, has tried by gentler means to show the Egyptians (and through them, the rest of the world) that there is -- objectively speaking -- no other Divinity but Him. He is the only God and every act of worship to anything or anyone else takes man away from the truth. The Egyptians were told that Pharaoh was divine and his first-born son was divine as well. God showed them the truth: "dust you are and to dust, you shall return."

Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were established by God as a promise and a warning. A promise that He will lead his people -- anyone who believes in him -- to heaven, and a warning, that those who refuse to be led to the house of the Father will be cast outside that house, and outside, that is away from the loving warmth of the Trinity, there is nothing, nothing but indescribable eternal torture we call hell.

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About the Podcast

God's Wrath and Mercy
The Book of Exodus is an adventure, a divine mystery, a recapitulation of salvation history, a tragic account of fall and redemption. Above all it is a love story between God and humanity.

While this study is not a verse-by-verse on Exodus, it focuses on ten salient points of the book:

01. The Election of Moses as a prophet for his people
02. The revelation of the Holy Name of the Lord
03. The Ten Plagues of Egypt
04. The flight into the wilderness
05. The Israelites reaction after they had left the fertile land of Goshen
06. The Giving of the Ten Commandments
07. The Golden Calf
08. The Tabernacle
09. The signification of the Tabernacle in the Light of Christ
10. Moral reading of the Book of Exodus.

What is peculiar about Exodus is that most folks would say that the most important (and perhaps the only) points of the book of Exodus are the flight from Egypt and the Ten Commandments. Yet, a full one-third of the book is concerned with the tabernacle: The Lord himself instructs Moses on the architecture of the Tabernacle based on a heavenly design and then the Israelites build it according to that pattern.

It would be an oddity to exclude the last third of a book, be it a novel, a manual, or a historical account. In fact, anyone who excludes the last one-third of the Gospels would be excluding the crucifixion and the resurrection of Our Lord. So why is it that we cannot remember the tabernacle when we read Exodus or why is it that we do not deem it important?

This series highlights the fundamental link between the giving of the Law (the ten commandments) and the living of the Law (the tabernacle). We will show that the Law that God gave was meant to be lived and practiced around the tabernacle and that the tabernacle (not the Law) is the symbolic mediation of grace. It is symbolic because its sacrificial system cannot confer grace and it is symbolic because the tabernacle points to the fount of grace: the Catholic Church.


The Catholic Foundation Library is a definite prerequisite to a sound understanding of Exodus. It serves as a basis for grasping the way Scripture functions end-to-end. Further, since the events in the Book of Genesis are the reason why Exodus and Numbers were written, it makes sense to go through the study of the Book of Genesis before undertaking a study of Exodus.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.