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Read:  Exodus 1 – Exodus 2:1-10

Today we begin a study on the book of Exodus.  It is the next chapter in the creation of God’s chosen people.  I hope you will enjoy it, and that it will inform your faith, and that it will feed your soul.  Welcome to the journey.

In 1620 the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower; 401 years ago. That’s the same amount of time that passed from Joseph’s death to the birth of Moses. Think of how much things can change in culture over that amount of time.

The Egyptians honored Joseph and his family for a time, but eventually the Hebrew people came to be enslaved in Egypt and Joseph was no longer remembered for saving Egypt and the world by his prophetic dream interpretation (Exodus 1:8).

Biblically speaking, God was rather quiet over these 400 years, but that does not mean that God was inactive.  In Exodus 1 we read that God has heard the cry of God’s people.  Things are about to get very interesting.

The ruling Egyptians feared the growing multitude of Hebrew slaves and began the horrific practice of killing baby boys born to Hebrew slaves.  Desperate times.  As God had raised up Joseph to rescue the people long ago, so now a special and uniquely qualified leader is needed to lead God’s people to freedom.

A young slave couple from the tribe of Levi gave birth to a baby boy. They risk all by concealing him for 3 months.  When the unnamed mother can no longer do so she takes a most courageous step, hoping that God will save her son.  The baby is placed in a basket and put in the Nile.  The baby is rescued from the Nile River by the Pharaoh’s daughter.  The tiny eyes of the baby’s sister are watching from afar.

Pharaoh’s daughter names him, Moses, which means “drew”, because she drew him out of the water.  This is foreshadowing: God drew the people out of Egypt. God drew Moses and the people to freedom through the water of the Red Sea.  We don’t always understand why things happen as they do, but the will of God is for freedom.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom