The story of Moses was put in writing during the Hebrew people's exile in Damascus and Babylon. It was written to give the people hope that God would send a liberator to take the people back to their homes in Israel.
The Hebrew parriarchy was passed from Abraham to his son Isaac to his son Jacob and to his son Joseph. Jospeh through a series of mishaps and good fortuned ended up second in command in Egypt. He was able to bring his whole family to Egypt during a time of drought. The hebrew people stayed in Egypt.
Read Exodus 1: 1-10 - The Egpytian ruler decided the Hebrew people were immigrants who were getting too much power. (Some things never change.) So he made the Hebrew people slaves. Their lives as slaves grew increasingly miserable. Still the poplulation grew. Once every two years an order was given to kill all Hebrew babies as a way of keeping the slave population manageable.
Exodus 2: 1- 10 Moses was raised in two cultures. He was an Egyptian prince and his Hebrew mother made sure he know the stories of his people. The internal conflict grew and erupted.
Exodust 2: 11 - 14 Moses flees Egypt and ends up marrying the oldest daughter of the richest man in Midian.
Exodus 3: 16-22 How do we make sense of a God who hardens Pharaoh's heart and then punishes him because of it?
Exodus 6: 6-8 - The newst version of the covenant
Moses brings plagues upon Egpyt until the people are freed. Why use plagues? Was God being cruel or establishing power and belief among the Hebrew people.
Exodus 11: 4-10 The Feast of the Passover the second most important holiday is Judaism
The people are free but Pharaoh changes his mind. Pharoah and his army are destroyed.
The Ten Commandments and many other laws are given to Moses.
Exodus 33: 18 - 34 The Golden Calf and the aftermath. Did the 3000 have to die? That echoes the question we ask as Christians. Did Jesus have to die.
Questions to ponder:
Why was Exodus included in the Torah
Why is it considered the central story of Judaism
What does this story mean for us?
What does it say about us, God and our connection to God today?
How does this story make a difference in our lives today?
Please leave comments or questions and I will respond. Blessings