Bible Time Period: Egypt and Exodus
You freed your people from slavery in Egypt so they could worship you: Free me from sin so I can serve and worship.
The focus of the Patriarchs period, which we finished yesterday, was on God’s promise to Abraham: to give him many descendants and a nation in the land of Canaan; to build from them a royal kingdom; and finally to make them a blessing to the entire world. Today we enter the period of “Egypt and Exodus,” which is told in the book of Exodus. The opening words of the book show how God is beginning to make good on that promise: Abraham’s grandson Jacob brought his family to Egypt and there they have prospered and multiplied to the point where the new Pharaoh, 400 years later, is threatened by their presence. They may be slaves at the start of this period, but God has promised to make of them a nation. Watch how He does it. The Exodus will become the defining event in Israel’s history and it will be referred back to many times in the rest of the Bible.
In Exodus 3, you will read about Moses’s encounter with God in the burning bush. When God says his name is “I AM” (or “I AM WHO I AM”), notice that it is written in all capital letters. This translates the Hebrew YHWH, which is sometimes written Yahweh or Jehovah, the “tetragrammaton.” Any time you see “I AM” written this way in the Old Testament, or “LORD” (in all capitals or with the “ORD” in small capitals) in the New, it is this personal, covenant name of God that is being referenced.
This is the first time God has revealed his name and therefore his character. What does the story of Moses and the burning bush tell you about God?
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