January 17th, Exodus 1-3

  • 1:7-14 – With a new king and the death of Joseph, the Egyptians quickly forget the good Joseph did for them. As the Israelites grow in size and strength while they live in Egypt, the Egyptians grow fearful of them and eventually enslave them to keep them under control.
  • 1:15-16 – Pharaoh is trying to control the Israelite population and their ability to join enemies in war- it seems like the smarter idea would have been to keep the Israelites as friends, and therefore allies in war. Sin clouds human judgment in extraordinary ways.
  • 1:17-21 – Sometimes faithfulness seems impossible. The midwives chose faithfulness even though it was in direct disobedience to the king.
  • 2:1-10 – Moses’ mother finds a way to give him a chance at life. Moses’ sister’s quick thinking allows his mother to nurse and care for him.
  • 2:11-15 – Moses acted out in anger and though he thought he got away with it, people saw. Though he had grown up in Pharaoh’s house, he was still a Hebrew who had now killed an Egyptian.
  • 2:23-25 – God heard the Israelites’ cries and acted accordingly. This gives us hope that God hears our cries for help as well.
  • 3:1 – Jethro and Reuel are the same person.
  • 3:2 – One of the many ways God goes beyond the laws that confine us.
  • 3:4 – One of the many characters who answers God’s call with, “Here I am.” This is a statement of readiness and openness.
  • 3:9-12 – It is pretty incredible that Moses, when the God of the universe makes a request of him, gives a simple excuse of not having authority. Clearly God is his authority.
  • 3:14 – “I AM WHO I AM” has great meaning. Mainly it means that God is the same God he was yesterday, is today, and will be forever. There is no other word that can define him fully.
  • 3:19-20 – It’s not that God wanted to send down plagues on the Egyptians, but he knew it would be necessary in order to get Pharaoh to cooperate

 

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