Posts Tagged ‘Exodus’

In the opening chapters of Exodus (Shemoth), we are told that Moshe was able to speak for Adonai and wield great power on His behalf, turning water to blood and calling down multiple plagues on Egypt. That being said, Moshe was certainly able to leave Egypt whenever he wanted. So why did he stay and bear with Pharaoh’s nonsense?

Despite his ability to leave, he sought Pharaoh’s permission, and he would not leave without it. Moshe waited for permission because that was what God required of him. Moshe was not on a mission to establish his own personal rights or freedoms. He was not dissuaded from his mission by the fact that Pharaoh was unreasonable and even capricious in giving and then retracting his permission for the Israelites to leave Egypt. The servant of God looks not to the circumstances, the “bosses” or government over him, but rather to the hand of his Master. (See Psalm 123:2) He seeks what is pleasing to the One who sent him.

Pressing into that, we understand that the people who serve God and call Adoniah, “Master,” must submit to every authority over them. (Romans 13:1) It is not for them to assert their rights and try to extricate themselves from the authority of “Pharaoh” or other similarly positioned unfair, unfeeling or unresponsive government leaders. Rather they must wait until they receive permission–from the Master.

God is willing . . . and able, but His timing is His own, not ours. Obey His Word, and it will be well with you. Go out on your own, be self-reliant, try and assert your “rights,” and you will find you are no match for your foes and you have no permission to be where you are. To obey is better than any sacrifice–even a well-intentioned one.

Carving from Beit She’an

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The next several lessons in Exodus take us through a detail description of the Tabernacle. Before we begin, we’ll review some of the basics of worship as discussed in the Bible.

The Bible has lots to say about worship since it is very important to God. As a matter of fact, our purpose in life is to bring glory to God (to worship Him). What do you learn about worship from the following scriptures?
□ 2 Chronicles 7:3

□ Psalm 30:4

□ Psalm 100:1-5

□ Psalm 134:1-2

□ Psalm 150

□ Luke 7:36-50

□ Revelations 4:8-11

This week observe yourself and note the different ways you worship the Lord. Be sure to consider the following:
 Where do you worship?
 What is your posture during worship?
 What words do you use?
 Are you alone or with others?
 What are your thoughts during worship? Your movements?
 What effect does worship have on you?



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Having finished studies in the book of Genesis last year, we move on to the book of Exodus as the story of the people of God continues.

If you are just joining the study now, it might be helpful to review Bible Basics (Part 1) and Bible Basics (Part 2) both of which provide some introduction to the structure of the books of the Bible. As discussed in Bible Basics (Part 2), the book of Exodus is one of the 5 books of the law, sometimes known as “The Pentateuch.”

Exodus, according to Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee, means “the way out”. In the Book of Exodus, which is the second book of the Old Testament and the second book in the Pentateuch (law), we are told the story of how the Hebrews (descendants of Jacob) went out of Egypt, out of a life of slavery to Pharaoh.

It might be helpful to review the studies in Genesis Chapters 47-49 and Genesis  Chapter 50 to be reminded of where the story left off.

The opening chapter of Exodus lets us know that Joseph and his generation have passed away. A new king has arisen, and Joseph is not remembered. As a result, the descendants of Joseph are not show any favor. As a matter of fact, because they have grown so numerous and are perceived to be a threat, the new king seeks to oppress them and limit their population growth.

In the book of Exodus, the people of God (Israelites) will be delivered from Egypt, they will experience many miracles of God, they will receive the law of God (10 Commandments) and they will have several great failures as God’s people. All this will be before they enter the land God has promised them through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.



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Temple slaughter_area_2In Exodus, God gives Israel the law.  The law was a gift to man, to help him to realize his total inability to meet God’s standard and his obvious and ongoing need for a Savior  . . . who bleeds.  According to Paul, the “law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”  Galatians 3:24

The atonement provided for under the law was only intended as a temporary fix, to cover the sin. It doesn’t take sin away.  The sacrificial system sets up the foreshadowing of the lamb slain to cover the sins of men. In Leviticus, an often overlooked book of the Bible, God lays out a means by which man may atone for sin in order to be able to have restored relationship with God.  He sets up the place for fellowship (Mercy Seat) – where He will meet with man – through His representative (the High Priest).  He carefully details every piece of wood, precious stone, curtain, garment, utensil of the worship.

The starting point of the worship of God was the bronze altar where the sacrifices were made.  It was a bloody place.  At the time of the feasts, the valley behind the temple would have been flowing with blood from the many sacrifices being offered.  Shed blood was a central part of the worship and approach to God.  No one entered the presence of God without a blood covering, a sacrifice to atone for sin.

God told His people in Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

All this was looking forward to the cross, the shed blood of the Lamb of God, the blood that would atone for the sin of the whole world.

We’re out of space for today.  Check out our next blog for more about Easter.

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One of the purposes of this blog is to provide accurate information about the Bible in an easy-to-understand format.

The following are links to the posts in the  Bible Basics – Old Testament Overview series:

Bible Basics (Part 1)

Bible Basics (Part 2)

Bible Basics (Part 3)

Bible Basics (Part 4)

Bible Basics (Part 5)

Bible Basics (Part 6)

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