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Everyone loves a great epic film or book, stories that draw us in and take us on an amazing journey. The Bible is full of these types of stories, and chief among them is the story of the Exodus.
In this seven-part study, we’ll journey with Moses and the Israelites. Along the way, we’ll see how God pursues His people who are enslaved and miraculously delivers them into a new life of freedom, all while pointing us to the greater freedom that was to come. We’ll also discover how the story of Exodus and God’s people is also our story!
• 1806 B.C. Death of Joseph• 1539 B.C. Pharaoh Amenemhet III orders Israelite babies killed• 1526 B.C. Moses’ birth and adoption by Sobekneferu• 1486 B.C. Moses flees to Midian• 1446 B.C. Moses returns to Egypt and confronts Pharaoh • 1446 B.C. The plagues of Egypt, the first Passover, and the exodus• 1440–1406 B.C. The Book of Exodus written• 1446–1406 B.C. The Israelites wander in the wilderness• 1406 B.C. Moses dies, Joshua becomes leader, Israel enter Jericho
GOD: The creator of heaven and earth; the great “I AM” who chooses the people of Israel to represent Him on earth and through whom He would bring about the Messiah. In the Book of Exodus, we see the Lord demonstrate His mighty, miraculous power and enact justice and judgment against the false gods of Egypt and its leader, free the people of Israel from their oppression under the Egyptians, and keep His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as He delivers His people and brings them to the doorstep of the land He gave to their ancestors.
MOSES: Aside from Jesus and Abraham, Moses is arguably the most well-known and prominent figure of the Bible. In Exodus, He is chosen by the Lord to serve as a mediator between God and the people. Moses conveys God’s will to the people of Israel, negotiates with Pharaoh for Israel’s freedom, passes God’s laws on to the people of Israel, and even pleads for mercy on Israel’s behalf when they anger God.
AARON: Moses’ brother and right hand, Aaron is called by God to assist Moses as a spokesperson and eventually is made the high priest of the nation of Israel.
PHARAOH: The chief antagonist in the first part of the Exodus story. There are two men who use this title in the Book of Exodus. The first, who many scholars today believe to be Amenemhet III (father to Sobekneferu, who would have been Moses’ adoptive mother), enslaves the nation of Israel and commits genocide against the Israelite male children. The second Pharaoh spoken of, believed to be Khasekemre-Neferhotep I, continued the oppression of Israel, refused to let the people of God go, and hardened his heart toward the Lord. It was against this Pharaoh—and the gods of Egypt—that the Lord brought about justice and judgment by sending a series of ten plagues and finally destroying Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea.
Note: Khasekemre-Neferhotep I was the last king to rule before the Hyksos occupied Egypt “without a battle.” Why is that historically significant? Well, where was the Egyptian army to battle against the Hyksos? With Khasekemre-Neferhotep I at the bottom of the Red Sea.
When we read the Old Testament, it’s easy to forget that the people, places and events were real. This map shows significant locations from Exodus and the route Israel took through the wilderness to arrive at the Promised Land.
DELIVERANCEJANUARY 29-30 | EXODUS 1-2:4STUDY GUIDE
LOSING YOURSELFFEBRUARY 5-6 | EXODUS 2:5-15STUDY GUIDE
PAYING ATTENTIONFEBRUARY 12-13 | EXODUS 2:16-3:15STUDY GUIDE
WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND?FEBRUARY 19-20 | EXODUS 3:16-4:17STUDY GUIDE
WALK ONFEBRUARY 26-27 | EXODUS 4:16-6STUDY GUIDE
HEART OF STONEMARCH 5-6 | EXODUS 7-10:20STUDY GUIDE
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUTMARCH 12-13 | EXODUS 10:21-11:10STUDY GUIDE
PASSOVERMARCH 19-20 | EXODUS 12:1-30STUDY GUIDE
THE WALK TO FREEDOMMARCH 26-27 | EXODUS 12:31-13:50STUDY GUIDE
THE IMPOSSIBLE PLACEAPRIL 2-3 | EXODUS 14STUDY GUIDE
OUR FREEDOM SONGAPRIL 9-10 | EXODUS 15:1-21STUDY GUIDE
BREAD FROM HEAVENAPRIL 23-24 | EXODUS 15:22-16:36STUDY GUIDE
CHOOSING FAITH TO SEE FREEDOMAPRIL 30-MAY 1 | EXODUS 17STUDY GUIDE
EMBRACING LIMITSMAY 7-8 | EXODUS 18STUDY GUIDE
A HOLY NATIONMAY 21-22 | EXODUS 19STUDY GUIDE
THE TEN COMMANDMENTSMAY 28-29 | EXODUS 20STUDY GUIDE
THE OTHER 603JUNE 4-5 | EXODUS 21-23:19STUDY GUIDE
A PROMISE OF FREEDOMJUNE 11-12 | EXODUS 23:20-24STUDY GUIDE
THE FATHER’S PRESENCEJUNE 18-19 | EXODUS 25-27STUDY GUIDE
TRANSLATING GODJUNE 25–26 | EXODUS 28-31STUDY GUIDE
GOLDEN CALFJULY 2-3 | EXODUS 32STUDY GUIDE
SEEING GODJULY 9-10 | EXODUS 33STUDY GUIDE
THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCESJULY 16-17 | EXODUS 34STUDY GUIDE
A HEART FOR GOD’S HOUSEJULY 23-24 | EXODUS 35-36STUDY GUIDE
DIVINE BLUEPRINTAUGUST 6-7 | EXODUS 37STUDY GUIDE
THE GLORY DESCENDSAUGUST 13-14 | EXODUS 38-40STUDY GUIDE (Coming Soon!)