Week #8; Wed, 2/21/18: Gen. 50:1-Ex. 6:30 (NOTE: Genesis 50 placed with week 7 readings above).
Exodus 1 pertaining to the new king of Egypt. It appears that the key to Israel going into bondage was the arrival of a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph. This Pharaoh feared that the growth of the people of Israel would become too mighty for the Egyptians. The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied.
Exodus 2 introduces Moses under the threat of Pharaoh to kill all of Israel’s male newborn. He was released in a basket into the Nile but the daughter of Pharaoh discovered him and recovered him and called for a nurse to take care of him. When he grew up he had to flee to Midian because he killed an Egyptian and Pharaoh wanted to kill him. NOTE THAT MIDIAN IS IN SAUDI ARABIA, NOT SINAI, AND THIS IS WHERE HE SAW THE BURNING BUSH. RETAIN THIS INFORMATION FOR PINPOINTING THE LOCATION WHERE MOSES LATER RECEIVED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS–MT. SINAI OR MT. HOREB, THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD.
Exodus 3 reveals the burning bush containing the angel of the Lord as it speaks to Moses; the voice of God was heard saying, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is HOLY GROUND.” Moses is appointed by God to lead Israel up out of the land of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Moses reluctantly goes back to Egypt since the Pharaoh died that threatened his life. NOTE THAT GOD TELLS MOSES THAT WHEN HE HAS BROUGHT THE PEOPLE OUT OF EGYPT, HE WILL SERVE GOD ON THIS MOUNTAIN–MT. HOREB IN SAUDI ARABIA.
Exodus 4 describes the powerful signs God gave to Moses to use to convince Pharaoh to let His people go.
Exodus 5 reveals how Pharaoh only became harsher toward the people and made them make bricks without straw; they had to find their own straw and make the same number of bricks as before. Pharaoh would not let the people go, even to sacrifice in the wilderness.
Exodus 6 confirms that God will bring the people out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, deliver them from slavery, and deliver them to the land of milk and honey. But the people did not listen because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery. God charged Moses and Aaron to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.