Exodus

Jacob moves his family to Egypt for 400 years. During the 400 years, Jacob's family grows to the point where the Egyptians fear a Hebrew domination. A Egyptian king gets angry and they plea for help from God. God sends Moses. The Bottom-Dwellers (1:1-12) – The Israelites migrate to Egypt to escape a famine. Many children are produced in Egypt by the Israelites, but the new Pharaoh takes this as a threat to his people. He makes them slaves. They had to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses. Baby in a Basket (2:1-10) – Pharaoh orders all of the first born sons of the Israelites to be killed to control the uprising population. A Hebrew mother takes the law into her own hands by placing her son afloat near where the Egyptian princess bathes. The older sister had watched this occurance. The princess feels bad for the child and the big sister asks the princess if she needs someone to nurse the baby. She says yes and the baby gets a mother who serves as nurse and recieves a salary. Moses is now in a position of power Moses on the Run (2:11-22) – Moses gets all the glory growing up as Phraoah's “son” but he still remembers and holds dear to his heart where he came from. He sees an Egyptian foreman beating a Hebrew slave, and Moses kills the Egyptian and hides the body in sand. Pharaoh finds out and orders Moses to be executed. Moses runs away (east to Midian) and marries into the family of a sheepherder. The Burning Bush (3:1-10) – Moses witnesses something rare – a bush on fire that is not burned. God then calls him to come close. “Take off your sandals, the ground where you are standing is Holy”. God then tells Moses to return to Egypt and to tell Pharaoh to free the slaves. Moses tells God that he doesn't want to go back. God replies with a promise: “I will be with you”. In response, Moses heads to Egypt. “Let My People Go” (12:1-32) – Pharaoh is told to let the people go, and he doesn't listen. It takes many plagues to get him to listen to God and understand that the message was from God himself, and not just Moses. The Plagues consisted of: the Nile River turning into blood, Froges invate the land, followed by gnats, flies, then locusts. The livestock gets sick, Lightning and hail destroy the crops. Darkness invades Egypt for three days. People suffer from boils. And the last plague finally makes Pharaoh give in: God kills the oldest child in each family, Pharaoh's included. God passed over the homes of Israelites

who have obeyed his word to splash their front doorposts with the blood of a sacrificial lamb they have eaten. Jews commemerate this day by eating the Passover meal.

Crossing the sea (14:1-31) – Pharaoh tells Moses that night to get his people out of the country and to leave them alone. They leave quickly, headed east towards the Sinai Peninsula. Pharaoh didn't have any slaves left so he got mad and ordered his massive chariot force to the chase and traps the fleeing Israelites on the banks of the Red Sea. God then blocks the advancing Egyptian forces with smoke and fire. He sends a strong east wind to make a path across the sea. The Israelites walk through and when they reach the other side, the Egyptians try to follow. The sea walls come crashing down and it killed every Egyptian that had entered. Free at Last! (15:1-21) – The Isaraelites celebrate their freedom by joining Moses in a song to praise God. Miriam (Moses' sister) takes out a tambourine and dances along with the other women. God's Top Ten Rules (20:1-17, 31:18-32:35; 34:1) – Moses returns to Mt. Sinai (the place with the burning bush) and God gives him the Ten Commandments, which were written on two stone tablets. God then outlines other laws that will govern Israel and make it clear to other nations that Israel is devoted to God. It takes 40 days for the meeting and the Israelites begin to wonder if Moses left for good. So they spake with Aaron (his brother) and they convince him to build a golden calf, which would be “an image of a god who will lead and protect us”. Moses finally returns and sees the image. He gets extremely angry and breaks the golden calf (made of stones) in hundreds of pebbles. The people had broken the first rule: “Do not worship any God except me”. Moses returns to Mt. Sinai, and God replaces the inscribed Commandments. The Portable Church (26:1-37) – God instructs the Israelites to buid a portable worship center called the tabernacle. Wherever they go, it is put in the center of their camp. The tabernacle courtyard was 50 yards long and 25 yards wide. It's wall of curtains was seven feet high. Inside the tent, 15 yards long and 5 yards wide, the Israelites kept the Ten Commandments in a chest (called the ark of the covenant). Only Priests were allowed inside of the tent. A cloud (the presense of God) settles ther. Whenever the cloud moves, the people follow.