Posted by: Maggie | September 24, 2007

Day 5 of 90 Day Bible Reading Marathon (Exodus, The Journey Begins)

You made it here!  Good.  We are just gearing up for Exodus here at this blog.

Yes, this makes for some middle of the night or late night reading to stay caught up, but it’s like so many other things in life…you DON’T want to get behind.

Exodus, unlike Genesis, I’d read many times before, so my notes will likely not be as in depth as to “new things”.  Mainly, I need to get the floors mopped and reading done before my kids get home today!  One hour…so I have 45 minutes to read, and 15 to write.  And…the floor and laundry are not getting done until later.  Oh well.

Key verses for me to soak in:

Gen 1:12 “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.”

v 15-19, the wisdom of a good answer from the midwives to save the boy children after the king gave a verdict for them to drown the boys.  Very clever.

Ch 2 The ingenuity of Moses’s mother and sister.  What strength! 

Ch 2  Miriams quick thinking, drawing her mother back in to Moses’s early childhood.

v11-Moses realizes that nothing he does is hidden from God or people…

v24 “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”

Ch 3 God’s interactions with Moses are so personal and responsive…emotional even.  Interesting.

Ch 4  “The Lord said to him {Moses}, Who gave man his mouth?  Who makes him deaf or mute?  Who gives him sight or makes him blind?  Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go;  I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Next verse, Moses says, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”  (Moses may have been afraid of being killed, not yet knowing the king was dead).

vs. 22 “Israel” is called God’s “first born son”…though Jacob (called Israel) was not a first-born, but stole the birthright.

The Plagues:  I didn’t realize how much GOD himself hardened the Pharoah’s heart so that God could prove wonders and who himself mighty.   Isn’t that interesting?  How many times do we limit God’s ability to prove himself mighty in our lives by wishing for a release from circumstances? 

Just like kids.

Points of interest:  God says in 6:2 that so far, he had revealed himself as “God Almighty”, not as “Lord” to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  I wonder what the change in these names indicated to Moses.

In Ex. 4:9  it says that the people were worked so hard that their inital zeal for Moses’s plan was gone: “they did not listen [to him anymore because of ] their discouragement and cruel bondage”.  How many times do we shut down because we are enslaved by something?

Note:  Aaron was 83 and Moses 80, when they were called.  Again, the younger was chosen over the older.  A trend common in scripture with big things God did.

Diviners could duplicate many of the miracles Moses performed early on (snake from staff, blood in river, frogs)…but they could not duplicate gnats.  (So, laughing, gnats are of God only?  Just kidding). 

The Egyptians, in their hardness of heart, let all their livestock and food be killed.  Here, when people were “hard-hearted” it wasn’t due to Moses’s failure as a leader, or to a flaw in the plan, but that God’s glory might be fully manifested before he relented. 

The Israelites had lived 430 years in Egypt.  Note:  how did they get into slavery to begin with?   Was it that they had to sell themselves for food, a system Joseph had set up?  Curious.

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  1. You know, I flinched everytime I read, ” And the Lord hardened the Pharaoh’s heart”. I couldn’t help it. In the back of my mind, I was going… why couldn’t they just get it? Why couldn’t God stop hardening their hearts? Why, why, why?

    Ugh… I totally get the why, but I couldn’t help my “human” response of questioning it.

    Maggie replies: I know! I suppose that is one good reason to not live by emotion, but by the truths you know. I thank God that he has “removed our hearts of stone and given us hearts of flesh”…I think that verse is in Jeremiah somewhere…I’ll get to it soon and tell you for sure! LOL!


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