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Today we start the book of Exodus. Exodus records the incredible story of God’s deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt, meeting them on Mt. Sinai, and protecting them as they travel to the Promised Land. The book takes us through about 80 years from the birth of Moses in about 1526 B.C. to the death of Joseph in 1446 B.C.
The Book consists of three major sections:
- The Story of the Exodus from Egypt (Chapters 1-19)
- God giving Israel the Law and Instructions (Chapters 20-31)
- The People’s Response to God’s Commands (Chapters 32-40)
Exodus documents the ten plagues (water to blood, frogs, lice, flies, disease in livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn) and the ten commandments (no other gods, no idols, do not take the name of the LORD in vain, remember the Sabbath, honor your parents, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie, and do not covet). Only the books of Deuteronomy, Pslams, and Isaiah are quoted more often in the New Testament than Exodus. It is quoted by every author of the N.T. except Jude (44 times in all).
In Exodus 1 we read about the horrific story of how God’s people were mistreated in Egypt. As you remember, they moved there, following Joseph, because of the famine. They settled in Egypt and began to multiply and grow. Eventually the Pharaoh died and a new king took over who didn’t know Joseph and his family. He began to abuse them by making them build cities. It got worse and worse, and they continued to multiply and grow. His plan? Kill all the baby boys by throwing them into the Nile river.
God however had a plan; a leader, Moses would be born in these difficult times. A leader that would be used by God to guide them out of Egypt to the land God had promised them. God always has a plan and He’s always working His plan. No matter how bad things seems to be, you can trust in Him.
- How have you seen God’s hand at work in your life in the last few months?
- Has He used a difficult season to refine you?
- In what ways are you growing in your trust in Him?
By: Tim Parsons