This daylight savings time change is killing me! The clock says 9:31 pm and my body and brain say 10:31 pm. Ha! And, of course resting as much as I did today, I didn’t get to read and research as much as I want to before I start in on the Journey Through Exodus. There is a lot to talk about in this 2nd book of the wonderful Bible that we have. The 2nd book of the Pentateuch – as it is called… which is just the first five books of our Bible. These are the five books that Moses wrote (with God telling him what to write). I have always had trouble pronouncing that word Pentateuch, and I may not be the only one… so here is the pronunciation …
Anyway, as I said, there is a lot to cover and I want to give you a little history information first. This information is from the Agape Bible Study website. They lay out so much information that I can’t read it and grasp it all at one sitting… but I want to share some of this first, before I get in too deep with the story. It may help some folks that may not know and I always love to read about where certain words, phrases, and traditions come from and what they mean.
“The Pentateuch (Torah) is one book in five parts. The purpose of the Pentateuch is to record the history of the origin of Israel’s relationship with Yahweh and to demonstrate that the God of Creation, who is the God of the Patriarchs, is also the God of the children of Israel who called His covenant people out of slavery in Egypt to holy nationhood at Mt. Sinai.
The Hebrew title of the second book of the Pentateuch (Torah) is Sefer ve’eleh shemot [pronounced: sah-far wa-all-a sa-mot]. Taken from the first line of Scripture in the Book of Exodus, sefer ve’eleh shemot means: “And these are the names.”(1) The English title “Exodus” is derived from the title of this book in the Greek Septuagint translation, Exodos Aigyptou, (Latinized as “Exodus”), meaning “the way out of Egypt,” or “departure out of Egypt.”(2) “Exodus” is a word that indicates one of the principle themes of the book, which is Israel’s physical “departure” or “way out” from slavery in Egypt. However, the exodus of Israel from Egypt is not only a physical departure. It is also the children of Israel’s spiritual departure from an ordinary people to a holy covenant nation, called by God out of the other nations of the world.
The exodus out of Egypt was the defining historical experience of the children of Israel. In a crucible of suffering, living under Egyptian bondage, God took the descendants of His servant Jacob/Israel and formed them into a unified people destined to be His holy covenant nation, the vehicle of salvation for the other nations of the world and the people from whom the promise of the coming of the Redeemer Messiah was to be fulfilled. It is a story that has captured the imagination of Jews and Christians down through the centuries because it has the elements of all really good stories: It is a love story with a villain, a conflict, a hero, and the rescue of a heroine. The villain is the Egyptian Pharaoh, and the conflict is Israel’s enslavement and her desire to be set free. There are two heroes in this story: God and his agent, Moses, and the heroine is, of course, Israel, Yahweh’s beloved. It is a story that has been lovingly retold at every Jewish Passover Seder down through the centuries since Israel’s exodus out of Egypt. But we must keep in mind that God’s choice of the children of Israel in this drama was not an arbitrary choice, nor was their experience in Egypt an accident of history.”
That is a lot of information! I love the research I do on my blog posts. I always seem to turn up some good stuff no matter what the subject. There is a lot of information out there though that does not necessarily line up with my beliefs. I am constantly talking to God when I am reading and looking to see if it is something that should be included or not. Sometimes I get a very good, resounding NO! And other times, I get a nudge to include. Then there are times I am not sure and I include, then … find out later that it is something I need to rebut and change my mind on how I looked at it… as I said not too long ago, when I had to do that… my mother has always said … “A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.” So, I live by this saying a lot of the time. Anyway, this information above is from a nudge that said to include some of the history before I get into the “story”. So, now you know.
I do hope you will continue on this Journey Through Exodus with me. It promises to be an exciting and rewarding time in God’s word. Moses is probably one of the most recognized figures in the Old Testament, and one that intrigues me. After all, he spoke with God face-to-face! WOW… that is pretty impressive!
Here is the scripture until tomorrow…
These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.
Pharaoh Oppresses Israel
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews[a] you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”
Join me tomorrow for more great information and I will begin to share what God has to tell you about the midwives and Moses in the bulrushes. God’s Word is always useful for all kinds of teaching.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Until then, remember God loves you so much, He calls you His beloved!
The Song – This Is My Word – Singing Men of North Central Texas