Last week we saw how “the nation of Israel” (only 70+ people) went down to Egypt during a time of famine. One of Jacob / Israel’s sons, Joseph, had come to power and was used by God to bless his people. But years went by and what started as a blessing turned into a curse. The people of Israel multiplied greatly in Egypt and the Egyptians, fearing them, made them slaves. After 400 years they cried out to God for help. God was way ahead of them; 80 years before he allowed the birth of Moses who would lead Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 1 – 12 tell us the exciting story.
Exodus 3:1-10 God “calls” Moses to lead his people
Exodus 7:14 – 11:1ff God sends 10 plagues on the hard-hearted king of Egypt (turns water to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, plague on livestock, boils on people, hail, locusts, darkness, death of the firstborn)
Exodus 12:1-11 Tells us of “The Passover”—how God caused the death angel to “pass over” Egypt killing the firstborn, but “passing over” (skipping) every home that had blood on over the door. The blood came from a spotless lamb. (Jesus, the Lamb of God, shared Passover the night before he was crucified, giving his body and shedding his blood to forgive our sin.)
We learn from this story, and from Moses, that God is bigger than our past, our abilities, our disabilities, and our understanding. But he must have our obedience to work in and through us.
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