Saturday, 5 October 2013

Exodus 1-5

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

1:11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh
1:16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”
1:22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

Three plans to stop the Israelites from multiplying but all Pharaoh's plans failed. If God wants something to prosper nothing can stop it from prospering.

Susan said...

2:11-12 He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
2:13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
2:17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

Three times Moses came to the rescue of those being mistreated. Although he initially went about solving the problem by using violence, his motive was right. He had a good heart and perhaps this was the reason God used him greatly.

Susan said...

3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
3:14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.

Moses asks, Who am I? God replies, "I am who I am." Moses states his complete inadequacy. God states his complete adequacy.

(From Constable's Commentary) In effect, God was saying, "It's Me!"

Susan said...

4: 10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
4:12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
4:13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

Moses did not want to go! But God doesn't give up on Moses and he won't give up on us.

Susan said...

4:21 The Lord said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go."

(From Constable's Commentary) "The sun, by the force of its heat, moistens the wax and dries the clay, softening the one and hardening the other; and as this produces opposite effects by the same poser, so, through the long-suffering of God, which reaches to all, some receive good and others evil, some are softened and others hardened" (Theodoret).

Susan said...

5:22-23 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Moses expected God was going to rescue his people immediately - don't we always think God is going to act immediately? But God has to grow us in faith before he can answer.