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Its about 2 months now since we studied the book of Genesis together. The last study in that series was on 14 February and was titled ‘Reading Genesis with God in Focus’. The series ended by calling on us to study Genesis not just to know the people and stories in there, but to also focus on God who is the main character in the book. In our study of Exodus, let’s also focus on God.
The book of Exodus is divided into two parts; Chapters 1 to 18 is about how God delivered Israel from Egypt and brought them to Mount Sinai in the Arabian desert. Chapters 19 to 40 is about how God revealed himself to all of the people of Israel and entered into a binding relationship with them.
Genesis ends with Jacob and his large family of 70 people, settling in the land of Goshen in Egypt. Exodus Chapter 1 opens with how the family of Jacob prospered in Goshen and grew in number, to the point where the Egyptians became afraid. Consequently the Egyptians enslaved Israel and made their lives miserable and bitter. God then put his plan of deliverance into action through Moses.
Exodus 3:7-10 (NIV) (shortened) states: The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt… So I have come down to rescue them… and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey… the cry of the Israelites has reached me… So now, go. I am sending you [Moses] to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
“I have come down to rescue them” – this is a declaration of war; God has come down to free Israel from Pharaoh, the hard pitiless slave driver and killer king of Egypt. God has appointed Moses as the human captain to lead God’s invisible angel army to make this happen; it is God’s war. Next week we will see God’s mighty weapons of war that secured Israel’s release from death in Egypt.
Lord, as we study Exodus, open our eyes to see you, Amen!