My suggestion would be to start a notebook and add to the time line as we work our way through the Bible. In my "study" notebook, I have genealogies, outlines, time lines, etc. This aids in my understanding and comprehension of the Bible. Of course, it is up to you whether to keep a notebook or not!
1526 b.c.- Moses' birth
1446 b.c.- The plagues and the first Passover
1446 b.c.- The exodus
1446 b.c.- The Ten commandments & Mt. Sinai
1446-1406 b.c.- The desert wanderings
I. Preparation for Israel's Deliverance from Bondage (1-4)
II. Israel's Deliverance from Bondage (5-18)
---a. Pharaoh's Resistance and the Lord's Reassurance (5:1-6:27)
---b. Plagues on Egypt (6:28-12:36)
---c. The Exodus from Egypt to Mt. Sinai (12:37-18:27)
III. The Covenant at Sinai (19-24)
IV. The Tabernacle for Worship (25-40)
---a. Instructions for Tabernacle Construction and Furnishings (25-31)
---b. The Golden Calf (32-34)
---c. Tabernacle Construction (35-40)
Written: It is believed that Moses wrote Exodus (which means departure) during the time of wandering. Of course, later audiences did add updates, etc. But the basics are believed to have been written by Moses.
Audience: Later Israelites would read (or have read to them, more often) Exodus for the purpose of understanding their origins, understanding their God, and understanding the laws that he placed them under. It is the equivalent of us reading the gospels in order to understand where Jesus came from and what his message was.
One of the major themes is actually God's love for the people. Many people who read this book today comment on the "wrathful God of the Old Testament"....but look how much God loved them: he provided their basic needs in the desert with manna, and then with quail when they complained about the manna.....he gave them basic laws to help them become better people....he performed miracles to save them from bondage....the list could go on and on.
It is important when reading to discard any "current" views of the books, and try to read it fresh each time, even if you've read it ten times before!
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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