Friday, February 11, 2011

Exodus 1 & 2 - Persecution and Preparation

LINK: Exodus 1 & 2

BACKGROUND for Exodus

Exodus is a book about redemption. Genesis told us of how man went into the bondage of sin, and Exodus is a picture of bondage to freedom. It has the Scarlet Thread of Redemption written all through it, and I cannot WAIT to dig in. How about you?

It was four hundred and thirty years later in the land of Egypt, and the memory of Joseph's greatness had faded away. The children of Israel (Jacob) were slaves, but they were numerous and made the Egyptians nervous.


BACKGROUND for Exodus 1 & 2

In Exodus 1, we read about the persecution of Israel and a picture of sin that is an ultimate "slave master."  Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin" (John 8:34).

In Exodus 2, we begin the story of the preparation of a leader: Moses. Our reading of Exodus will also include a character study of this great leader.

I do not want to take away from the full intensity of this exciting narrative by too much background! Just enjoy the reading and continue to think about what you have learned about God from these first two chapters! You also might want to begin thinking about how God is shaping Moses to be a leader.

REFLECTION/APPLICATION

Reflect upon the four verbs associated with God in Exodus 2:24-25:

God heard
God remembered
God saw
God took notice

Talk to God about what those four things about God mean to you. Let it lead you into communion with Him.

PRAYER

I praise You Lord God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, the sons of Israel, and those of us who know You because of our relationship with Jesus Christ. I praise You as a God who knows all about us and loves us and cares. You hear, You remember, You see, and You take notice of us. Thank You. Amen
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