Exodus (Ex)

This second book of the OT, has 40 chapters.  Moses was the author, about 1450 BC. He wrote the five books of the law (also called the Torah or Pentateuch). This book records the Israelites deliverance from Egypt and development as a nation. Time to read: 3 Hrs 10 mins.

Key people are: Moses, Pharaoh, Aaron, Joshua.

Outline.  The birth of Moses and his training for leadership when Israel had become a nation of oppressed slaves.  It describes their escape from Egypt after the 10 plagues and the Passover sacrifice, the Red Sea miracle and the start of the journey to the Promised Land, although progress was hindered by complaining and lack of obedience.  There they received the 10 commandments, the civil and ceremonial laws – how God expected His people to live and worship Him along with the construction of the tabernacle, the wilderness church. 

Main lesson. God wants to lead and guide us. Our part is to obey His commands.  The events of Exodus parallel those of the Christian life – escape from sin and death, security and safety in the blood of Christ, and our walk with Him. Don’t complain when the going gets tough for God is trying to transform us through our struggles.

Key verses or thoughts: * God told Moses, “I have heard my people crying out and I am sending you to deliver them” (Ex 3:7-10).  God hears prayer and uses people to accomplish His purposes.  Am I available and willing to allow God to bring about deliverance and freedom to others through me? Remember this action brought about an increased measure of release in Moses’ life too – by being a blessing to others, we are also blessed. It is not wise to handle the full load alone but enlist the help of others, as this will also develop their potential (Ex 18:14-26). Although the main burden is yours, delegate to others who also have the vision.

* We choose if God’s blessing is upon us by our response to His directives (Ex 23:22-33; Deut 30:15-20). God’s commands are for our benefit and well-being (Ps 19:7-11). The Israelites hindered their progress into God’s purpose for them because of their disobedience, unbelief and complaining. Am I making slow progress because of these same bad habits common to human nature?

* Moses’ face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord (Ex 34:29). He was not aware of it but those around him knew. There was tangible evidence that Moses had communicated with God. Later he passed on the divine messages he had received. Is it obvious to those close to me that I have had quality time with the Lord (Act 4:13)? We can’t be in His presence and not be touched, neither should there be a need to publicize the fact as our countenance and dealings with others should bear witness to the fact of a divine encounter that has really touched our spirits.

See also: Aaron, blood, commandments, complain, Egypt, exodus/the, Joshua, laws, Moses, PassoverPharaoh, plagues, tabernacle, wilderness wanderings.