God rescues the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and confronts the evil and injustice of Pharaoh. The first part of Exodus recounts how Abraham’s family ends up enslaved in Egypt. God raises up a deliverer to confront the evil of Pharaoh and to liberate the Israelites. From Egypt, they set out into the wilderness on the way to Mt. Sinai.
Filled with memorable miracles, Chapters 1-18 in the Book of Exodus hold much more purpose than simple entertainment. They contain historical accounts with tangible truths that still apply to the present. The story begins in Egypt where Genesis leaves off but reveals a much darker picture: Abraham’s descendants have indeed grown as numerous as the stars, but are now oppressed in slavery by a Pharaoh who has forgotten the kindness his predecessor showed to Joseph’s family.
- Abraham’s descendants have indeed grown as numerous as the stars, but are now oppressed in slavery by a Pharaoh who has forgotten the kindness his predecessor showed to Joseph’s family.
- Moses and Aaron keep telling Pharaoh about God’s messages, but Pharaoh doesn’t listen. God sends nine plagues to Egypt, yet Pharaoh’s heart grows hard each time.
- God sends one final plague: Kills Egypt’s firstborn overnight. The Israelites sacrifice lambs, spread the blood on their doorways and are saved.
- The first Passover, a turnkey event for the founding of Israel and Christ’s sacrifice. Themes of redemption, rebellion and The Blessing continue to play out for individuals and nations in this section.
- The Israelites praise God for saving them but eventually grumble against Moses’ leadership. In His mercy, God provides them with food and water in the wilderness.
Talk About It:
- Like Pharaoh, do you struggle with stubbornness towards God?
- How have you seen God provided miracles for you?
- Plagues teaches us God’s power love and mercy. What does this mean to you?
- In the video it talked about the word “redemption.” What does redemption mean?
- Reminder to keep reading through the bible.
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