Week 3 Genesis 43:1 to Exodus 13:1
Gen 44:3 This is from my HCSB notes: Joseph mentions divination as part of the ploy to make the brothers think this is a very valuable cup, there is no evidence that he actually practiced divination. At a later time, divination was officially prohibited for Israelites in the law.
Gen 44:9 A second example of a rash statement that although believed to be true, was not actually so. A reminder to choose our words carefully and not to overstate our position unduly.
Gen 44:34 Judah, seeing his father’s sorrow for losing Joseph, now offers himself to take Benjamin’s place to spare the misery to his father again.
Gen 46:34 Being shepherds which was abhorrent to the Egyptians seems to have been a way to keep the Israelites separated as people group while they lived in Egypt.
Ex 1:19-21 An example of disobedience to the king and likely lying to save lives. God was good to the midwives for fearing Him. Is it acceptable to disobey authority and lie to save another’s life, or your own? Is it acceptable to recant belief in Yeshua (Jesus) if it is a lie to save your life? Yeshua’s example when questioned was typically to return with a question. May we be given the words to say if ever in such a situation. (Ex 4:12) He always has the best answer.
Ex 2:17 An act of chivalry had a huge impact on Moses’ future.
Ex 4:14 The Lord’s anger burned against Moses for his lack of faith and not wanting to do as told. Is this a picture we have when we disobey? Yet God is patient and merciful and sent Aaron with promises of being with Moses.
Ex 4:24 This verse seems strange and missing “the rest of the story”. This shows the seriousness of the circumcision covenant. Perhaps Zipporah didn’t want to perform or allow the circumcision but was finally convinced.
Ex 4:24 God said: “Go and meet Moses in the wilderness.” Who needs GPS?
Ex 5-6 Right from the beginning there was difficulties and conflict in the execution of God’s exodus. How smooth things go is not necessarily an indication if we are in God’s will. Perseverance is needed to obey in faith.
Ex 9:12 God directs the heart of kings to accomplish His purposes. (Prov 21:1)
Ex 9:6 All Egyptian livestock died, later the plague of hail speaks of more livestock. This may indicate some time passage for the reacquiring of livestock, perhaps they took from the Israelites.
Ex 12:1 This verse brings a change to the calendar, making the first month of the year in the spring. Our current calendar system does not follow this.
The story of the Exodus seems a tall tale to many today, but it brought fear to the Canaanites that they would later face in battle, even 40 years later.
Next Reading: Week 4 Exodus 13:1 to Exodus 33:1