Saturday, 19 October 2013

Exodus 11-15

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...

11:2-3 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” (The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)

See also Exodus 3:21-22 where this is predicted and 12:35-36 where this happened. God can bring favour on his people even when it seems like they have caused the difficulties.

Susan said...

12:4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.

So practical, so organized, so communal. God wants his people to be in community, that is in family sized groups.

Susan said...

13:19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”

"The evidence of empowerment is not always in the obvious results but in the unswerving commitment and the inexplicable devotion to a task" (Anderson, Shape of Practical Theology 2001:45).

"The unswerving commitment and the inexplicable devotion" shown by Moses in taking Joseph's bones with them must surely have come from God. And revealed to the Israelites that the God who Joseph trusted was also worthy of their trust.

Susan said...

14:30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.

(From Constable's Commentary) "The Lord finished the Israelites' liberation when He destroyed the Egyptian army. The Israelites' slavery ended when they left Egypt, but they began to experience true freedom after they crossed the Red Sea. The ten plagues had broken Pharaoh's hold on the Israelites, but the Red Sea deliverance removed them from his reach forever. God redeemed Israel on the Passover night, but He liberated Israel from slavery finally at the Red Sea."

Not enough for us to be redeemed, we also need to be liberated from those things which enslave us.

Susan said...

15:23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)

After a great victory they were lead to a bitter experience but God changed the bitter into sweet. It was here, and not Elim (v.27), that God reveals himself by a new name – I am the Lord, who heals you (v.26).

It seems we learn more in the hard times.

Susan said...

12:38 Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.

(From Constable's Commentary) Moses referred to the "mixed multitude" often in the account of the wilderness wanderings that follows. This group probably included Egyptian pagans and God-fearers (v. 38; cf. 9:20) and an assortment of other people including other enslaved Semites. For one reason or another these people took this opportunity to leave or escape from Egypt with the Israelites. This group proved to be a source of trouble in Israel and led the Israelites in complaining and opposing Moses (e.g., Num. 11:4).