Day 5 exodus 1:1 – 15:18
Exodus is the second book of the bible and we see right from the beginning that God is moving forward with his promise make Abraham a great nation. Abraham’s offspring have grown great in number. Several hundred years after the death of Jacob (Israel) and Joseph, the new Egyptian leader did not know Joseph or care about how he (with God’s help) saved Egypt from the famine. Pharaoh saw the growing Hebrew population as a threat and placed them into bondage as slaves to the nation. Through a series of events, God raises up Moses to confront Pharoah, inflicts the great plagues upon Egypt, performs the Passover, the exodus, parting of the red sea and then frees the Israelites from bondage.
Scripture – Exodus 12:1-2
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.
Starting with passover, God was about to introduce a whole new way of life to the Israelites. Not just freeing them from the bondage of Egypt, but also a bondage of sin. Since the fall of mankind, the fellowship between God and man has been broken. It is going to take time to instruct, correct and help them learn to put their trust in Him. During today’s reading we witness the lack of faith that the Hebrews display when they are held in bondage by pharaoh, trapped at the red sea with no way out and thirsty in the desert. Each time His people cry out, God hears them and provides.
We are not much different than the Hebrews in bondage. God wants to rescue us from our bondage of Sin and He has a plan to accomplish this. Sometimes it takes time, correction and lessons learned before we understand why God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to cry out to Him. He is our creator who loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. He has provided us a way to escape our bondage.
Thank you Lord for rescuing us from our bondage of sin. Thank you that we can have a new life with you because of the cross and your unconditional love.