Done with Genesis. Adam to Joseph. Eden to Egypt. Here’s my recap from the first 4 days:
- Bible in 90 Days | Genesis 1 – 16 : Day 1
- Bible in 90 Days | Genesis 17 – 28 : Day 2
- Bible in 90 Days | Genesis 29 – 40 : Day 3
- Bible in 90 Days | Genesis 41 – 50 : Day 4
Now on to Exodus.
I’m reading the Bible through in 90 days. Join me. Click here for more information on the ESV Bible in 90 day plan that I am doing.
New Pharaoh ruling in Egypt. Forgets/has no idea who this Joseph guy is nor his family. The Israelites are made into slaves and are oppressed. Nonetheless, the people of Israel are multiplying. Pharaoh decides to kill off the hebrew boys. He orders the midwives to let girls live at birth, but kill the boys. The midwives do not do this and say that they don’t get to the birth before the mothers actually give birth.
Pharaoh, who is angry, commands that all hebrew boys be killed by throwing them in the Nile river.
Moses (of the Levi house) is born. Fearing the death of Moses, her mother puts him in a basket and places the basket in the river. In the end, Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses and had pity on him. She ends up taking Moses as her own (after mother and sister are reunited with Moses) Moses eventually grows up and is given to Pharaoh’s daughter.
One day, Moses witnesses a murder of an Israelite. He kills the egyptian who committed the murder. He gets scared that he will be found out and he flees Egypt to the land of Midian. At Midian he meets his future father in law and in turn his future wife. Life seems like it will be easier on Moses as he settles in with a new family. He is a Sojourner in a foreign land.
But God hears the groaning of Israel. He remembers his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God Knew.
What does that mean? He remembers? He never forgot. God knew? Of course He knew! He knows all. Why did this happen. Well, first of all this is fulfilling prophecy. He told Abraham that they would be slaves in foreign land and that after time, He would rescue them. This shows his faithfulness and reminds us all that God’s promises are sure.
Burning bush. This is holy ground.
“Who am I, God that I can go to Pharaoh?”
The answer that God gave Moses wasn’t who he was… the answer given was who God IS. I AM. This is my name forever.
“But they will not believe me or listen to my voice.” God answered that Moses will be able to perform signs and wonders as proof. ” I am not able to speak.” God perhaps getting impatient… “Who made man’s mouth!?” I will be with you. I will speak for you. (Can’t you see that I’m in a bush right now?!)
Moses returns to Egypt, but on the way, he sought to “Put him to death.” Wait. What? Apparently, some kind of sin hadn’t been resolved with God. One thing for sure, he had not yet been circumcised. The story pauses while this ceremony takes place.
Moses meets with the people of Israel and they bow their heads to worship.
Pharaoh refuses to let the people go. “I don’t know the Lord.” Oh Pharaoh… you’re about to know him. You have no excuse:
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.- Romans 1:20-21
Regardless, the people of Israel are dealt with more severely than before. They grumble… This vicious cycle of trusting God and grumbling with him starts.
God promises deliverance. I will deliver you. I Am. I will redeem you. I will be your God. You shall know that I am Lord. I will bring you. I will give it to you. I am the Lord. Yet the children of Israel are broken and do not listen.
God again says that the Egyptians will know that I am Lord. Moses and Aaron go in to Pharaoh. We see first signs of staff turning to snake and the first plague – Water to blood. Pharaoh’s answer is no.
Plague 2 = Frogs. Plague 3 = Gnats. The magicians tell their boss and king… “Uh, this is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh does not listen. Plague 4 = Flies. Still no.
Plague 5 = Livestock death. Plague 6 = Boils. Plague 7 = Hail. Nope
Plague 8 = Locusts. Hardened heart. Plague 9 = Darkness. Nope
Plague 10 announced. Death to all firstborns. Pharaoh did not let them go.
The passover takes place. By the way, If you have never looked at the passover from a christian standpoint, and your only knowledge is from a jewish one… you should. The symbolisms in the Passover seder and how they could be viewed from a christian perspective are amazing.
Plague 10 happens. There is weeping in Egypt. The egyptians send the israelites in haste. It was a night of watching by the Lord, to bring them out of Egypt.
With a strong hand, the Lord has brought the israelites out of Egypt out of slavery. God went before them by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire. He did not depart from the people.
The israelites come upon the Red Sea. Pharaoh decides to pursue them. The Israelites grumble. Moses says to the people that Salvation is from the Lord. He will fight for us. We only need be silent.
God is gonna get the Glory.
The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.
The Red Sea parts so that the people can go through on dry land. The pursuers are killed.
Israel SAW the power of the Lord.They saw, feared, and believed.
3 Days later… They Grumble! Because the water is bitter. God provides… he makes the bitter water -> sweet…and also tells them that none of the diseases that came upon the eqyptians will come upon them… AND that God is “your healer.”
We are so like the israelites. We grumble all the time with no reason or excuse. He provides for every need and we grumble and complain. There is much that we can learn from how the Israelites acted and responded during the exodus from Egypt. More tomorrow.