I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Day thirty: Exodus 1-3

Joseph and his generation pass away and a new Egyptian king takes power. The newbie doesn't know about Joseph and his legacy and gets a little nervous about the vast number of Israelites living in Egypt. They are all forced into slavery, but keep reproducing. Fearful that they will overtake his land, the Pharaoh tells the Hebrew midwives to kill any newborn boys. Obviously, they aren't going to kill their own people (let alone infants!), but God blesses them for their righteousness. Moses is born and makes his journey down the Nile and is found by the Pharaoh's daughter.

When Moses is grown (they don't say how old) he sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew and kills him. He later flees-nervous that someone has found out about his murderous act. God chooses Moses to lead the people out of slavery and comes to him in the burning bush. Moses shows a little confusion and I can't say I'm surprised. A flaming plant is telling you that you will lead your people to safety and prosperity and calls itself "I am that I am". Pretty cryptic! One second he is worried about being punished for murder, the next he is being told to lead a nation. God truly does work in mysterious ways...

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