The Book of Exodus 1-40

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Topics: Moses, Israelites, God
Runninghead: Exodus

Week 2: Exodus
Jordan Decker
Religion 111
Bethel University
03/29/12

Moses
The sons of Israel (Jacob 's sons) have died, along with the Pharaoh who knew Joseph. A new king of Egypt treats the Israelites harshly; they have to make bricks. Worse, since there are too many of them, the king tells the midwives to kill the male babies as they are born. The midwives don 't do it, and say in their defense that the Hebrew women give birth too quickly for them to get there. So the new law is, all male newborns are to be thrown in the Nile. (1)
Moses is born, gets put carefully in an ark near the riverbank, and is found by Pharaoh 's daughter, who wants to keep him. Moses ' sister, watching, offers Moses ' mother as a nurse, so the mother gets to raise Moses anyway. When Moses is grown, Pharaoh 's daughter gets him. One day Moses sees an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, and Moses intervenes and kills the Egyptian. The next day he sees two Hebrews struggling, and tries to intervene, but he discovers that his murder of yesterday is known. So Moses flees to Midian. In Midian he befriends and then marries a daughter of the priest of Midian; they have Gershom, a son. (2)
Burning Bush
God hears the complaints of Israel and tells Moses to intervene, via the burning bush on Horeb. God tells Moses that God will bring Israel to the area of Canaan out of Egypt; God will do it through Moses. Moses doubts his ability, but God reassures him that He will be with him. God names Himself "I AM." Moses is to gather the elders and tell them of God 's plan: they are to get Pharaoh 's permission to leave "temporarily" to sacrifice to God, three days away. (3) Moses doubts his ability, but God gives him some miraculous signs to perform: a rod that becomes a snake, a leprous and then cleansed hand, and turning the river to blood. Moses still doubts, so God, angry, appoints his brother Aaron to be the main speaker. Moses finally agrees and returns from Midian. God gives



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