Putting God's Word into Practice…

Exodus 1-5

on February 7, 2018

Chapter 1

  • We left off Genesis with the Israelites making their home in Egypt due to a severe famine.
  • Verse 7 says they increased greatly in number and strength…the land was full of them!
  • The new Egyptian king didn’t like it…it struck fear in his heart.  Some words/phrases that describe his approach to them:  deal shrewdly with them, afflict them, lay heavy burdens on them, ruthlessly make them slaves, made their lives bitter with hard service, etc…not a good time to be an Israelite in Egypt.
  • Then Pharaoh hatched a plan to kill all the baby boys born to Israelite women.
  • God blessed the midwives because they feared the Lord and protected the baby boys.

Chapter 2

  • Moses’ birth is a foreshadowing of Christ…when he was born all Hebrew babies were killed and he escaped just like in Matthew 2:16 when Herod killed all the Hebrew boys and Jesus escaped.
  • Moses’ mama got paid to nurse and nurture him until he was weaned.
  • Moses killed an Egyptian. He was afraid and fled to a foreign land–Midian.
  • Moses got a Midian wife and had a son.
  • The Israelites groaned and cried out for help.
  • Their cry came up to God–He heard, He remembered his covenant, God saw, and God knew.  Never underestimate His presence in our dark circumstances.

Chapter 3

  • Moses saw the burning bush.  “When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush.”  Don’t walk by God’s glory…draw near and listen for His voice.  He will speak when we pay attention.
  • The Lord reiterated that He saw His people’s affliction, that He heard their cry and that He knew of their suffering.
  • He came down!!! Wow!!! to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and into a good and broad land.  God doesn’t just deliver his people out of bad stuff, but he delivers them into good stuff.
  • “Come!” God offers and invitation to Moses to work with him.
  • “I will send you…I will be with you…And I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt…and when you go, you shall not go empty.” What great promises from the Lord!

Chapter 4

  • Command, obedience, miracle!  Every act of obedience builds confidence in God’s power and ability.
  • Vs. 20–deliverance by way of donkey!  Just like Jesus!  Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:5
  • Power comes from the Lord. (vs. 21)
  • The people believed Aaron and Moses and they worshiped!  Worship always flows out of belief!

Chapter 5

  • Pharaoh didn’t know or respect the Lord.
  • Their request to go worship the Lord was met with heavier work, more laborious burdens, and evil demands.
  • Pharaoh valued work over worship.  “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ Go now and work.”  Often when we want to worship the Lord, people won’t understand.  Their ideas of what is important are skewed.
  • The people get angry with Aaron and Moses.  Moses turns to the Lord.  His honestly responds to the only one who has the answers.  He doesn’t hesitate to ask the Lord hard questions.

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