There are customs and traditions throughout the Bible. Some of the customs have made themselves into our own culture after all these years. Look through the customs below that are found in the Book of Exodus and see how many you recognize. They are listed in the order they appear in the scriptures.
It was not unusual for Moses to see a bush burning from the blazing sun in that part of the world. What was strange was that though the bush was on fire, and it did not burn up (Exodus 3:2). God got Moses’ attention and gave him his assignment to set the slaves free in Egypt. God gets our attention in unique ways but normally in our own familiar settings.
God told Moses to remove his shoes, for the place on where he was standing was holy ground (Exodus 3:5). In the Bible, shoes were never worn in the house or in a sacred meeting place. The removing of shoes is associated with holiness. Moses was told to do this when he approached the burning bush. This is why the priests when ascending the pulpit to confer the priestly benediction upon the congregation did so barefooted.
Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed (Exodus 6:20) During Old Testament times, it was not incest to marry a relative. Before God gave the laws to Moses, marriages with aunts and sisters were allowed. However, they are not allowed today.
Part of the Eastern apparel is a girdle (Exodus 12:11). The girdle is not like the girdle as we know it. It is a long piece of cloth like a shawl, folded around the waist or loins. It is useful in keeping the long loose robes in order. In Ephesians 6:14, Paul lists what a well-dressed Christian should wear. He says to “stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.” “Loins girded” means being ready, waiting on the Lord, not sitting in idleness with loose and disorderly garments, which could easily trip us, causing us to stumble and fall.
The Israelites were told, “For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast” (Exodus 12:15). Baking bread without yeast required saving a portion of sour dough from a previous batch. When added to fresh dough, it would promote fermentation and over time cause the dough to rise. The ban on yeast emphasized the need for haste and purity. Yeast symbolized contamination.
As a reminder of God’s commandments Jews are mandated to place a symbol “on the hand and between the eyes” (Exodus 13:9)
God gave specific instructions for building an altar because he wanted to control the way it was built. To prevent idolatry from creeping into worship, God did not allow the altar stones to be cut or shaped into any form (Exodus 20:25). Nor did God let the people build an altar just anywhere. This was designed to prevent them from starting their own religion or making changes in the way God wanted things done.
Articles such as shoes and other clothing were given as a pledge of security. It was most unkind to take and keep a coat or cloak for a pledge, since it might deprive the owner of his nightly covering. Therefore, the command was to take no garment in a pledge (Exodus 22:26-27).
According to Exodus 29:20, the command was to “put blood on the right ears, on the thumbs of the right hands, and on the big toes of the right feet.” Putting blood on the right ear lobes, right thumbs and big toes of the right feet symbolized God cleansing the body parts to direct our lives. The ears represent what we hear and think, right thumbs represent what we do and right big toes represent where we go. If can touch our right ear, thumb on the right hand and the big toe of the right foot to symbolize God cleansing our body.