The Journey - January 30, 2021

Exodus Chapters 1 - 18

Teacher: Stephen King

Dr. Leon Kass in his recent book “Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus (Reviewed Wall Street Journal Saturday/Sunday Jan 9-10 2021) makes the contemporary point that Exodus is foundational to Religion in that it established the three great pillars of faith.

  1. Deliverance: Exodus 1-18.
  2. Ethics/Morality: Exodus 20-24.
  3. Worship/Redemption/Forgiveness: Exodus 25-40.

“As Rousseau argued 250 years ago, this timeless book remains an indispensable resource for thinking about the good life and the good community, freedom and law, justice and holiness, and the meaning and purpose of our existence. It deserves-and rewards-our most serious attention.”

We Start with Deliverance: Exodus 1-18 recounts the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to Sinai. A Journey of Deliverance and Freedom. After reviewing this please read the following:

  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-11

Discussion: How does the journey referenced relate to our Christian experience today?

  • Hebrews 3:9-11
  • Romans 9:18

Discussion: How does the hardening experienced by Pharaoh and the Israelites inform our relationship with God today. If you read these texts and others it becomes clear that the journey of the Israelites from Egypt has a direct relationship to our Christian journey today. Let’s discuss not just the historical journey how it shapes who we are today.

Listen to the book of Genesis from BibleGateway: ESV, KJV, MSG, NIV, NKJV

Short Outline of Exodus from Today's English Version

  • The Israelites set free from Egypt (1:1 – 15:21)
    • Slaves in Egypt (1:1-22)
    • Moses’ birth and early life (2:1 – 4:31)
    • Moses and Aaron confront the king of Egypt (5:1 – 11:10)
    • The Passover and the departure from Egypt (12:1 – 15:21)
  • From the Red Sea to Mount Sinai (15:22 – 18:27)
  • The Law and the covenant (19:1 – 24:18)
  • The Covenant Tent and instructions for worship (25:1 – 40:38)
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