Is the amazing story of God's deliverance of His people through his faithful obedient servant Moses.
Exodus begins with Israel in slavery and Egypt wary of the growing number of Jews. So worried was Pharaoh that he commanded every baby boy born from the Jewish slaves be put to death.
Baby Mo.. Now enter stage left.. a baby. Baby Moses. The son of a Jewish slave and so to avoid Pharaoh's kill all babies command, Moses mom places him in a basket in the Nile.
He is then saved by Pharaoh's daughter, then raised as a prince of Egypt while Moses real mother is used as Moses.. Super Nanny.
Next we are told of Moses observing the abusive treatment of a Jewish slave and in response Moses murders the Egyptian responsible for this abuse. This of course is discovered and Moses must run for his life where he ends up in the land of Midian.
In Midian Moses interviews and gets the job of sheep tender for a man named Reuel and in the benefits package gets Reuel's daughter Zipporah for his wife.
Now in the coming years the mistreatment of the Jews in Egypt is of course heard by God and God is faithful and loving in his response to these children of faithful Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob. This is God's chosen people, and they will be freed.
The Burning Bush..
So while tending sheep one day Moses enounters a burning bush which the Lord speaks to Moses from the fire. The bush burns but is not consumed ..
From this burning bush Moses is called to free the people from slavery in Egypt. Very understandably Moses is shall we say overwelmed. He is first of all wanted for murder, and second of all he is just one man, and third of all.. he don't speak so good'r.
But God shows Moses signs of his power, and assures Him it will be through Moses that He will free his people. But Moses is still understandably reluctant to the point where God decides He will kill Moses! I do not understand how this next sequence played out it must have been a cultural thing.. BUT to save Moses his wife Zippy cuts off the foreskin of one of their sons and throws it on Moses feet to save him. Nuff said about that.
Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to EGYPT we go..
So Moses after cleaning off his feet... is obedient and goes to Egypt, tells the leaders of Israel God's plan to deliver them from slavery and then it's off to see Pharaoh.
Pharaoh I believed felt a bit smirky at best about Moses demands to let his Jewish workforce (aka slaves) go find 'other' employment. So Moses shows signs from God that are truly supernatural versus the low budget sorcery of Pharaoh's magicians who should have stuck to pulling rabbits out of hats.
In response to God's cursory attempts to free his people Pharaoh ups the demands on his Jewish slaves and demands they make more bricks BUT without stray. An impossible task making their daily workload simply impossible.
So God send plagues on Egypt.. The Nile and all the water in Egypt turns to blood.
There are infestations of flys, gnats, frogs, locusts, sickness in the livestock BUT
after each time when Pharaoh would agree to release the Jewish people, he would then change his mind as God hardened his heart so in the end there was no question this was the very Hand of God.
Free at last..
The final plague on Egypt was the death of all the first born children in Eypt while this death curse was 'passed over' all the Jews who were obedient to God's command through Moses to put blood on the doorframes of their homes.
The result of this night of death in Egypt was Pharaoh now insisting Moses and the whole blessed (ironically truly blessed) people of Israel to leave, and DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT!
Of course Pharaoh's hard heart hardens again and he sends his chariots and army in HOT PURSUIT of the recently freed nation of Israel... all the way to (insert drum roll here) THE RED SEA.
Caught between a Wet Sea and a Hard (hearted) Pharaoh, the on the run with no place to go Jewish nation calls collectively to Moses.. HELP! In response Moses prays to God the same God we have access to today, and God parts the Red Sea using Moses and his shepherd staff and a conduit for the very power of God.
The Sea parts the ground is dry and taking the short cut like a bat out of.. of.. a bat cave traveled the nation of Israel. It had to be a sight like none other walking between these great walls of water with the army of Egypt on your tail. NOW THAT TAKES FAITH.
Of course once they had crossed the chariots of Egypt were on their way in hot pursuit UNTIL.. Moses lowered his staff, and the walls of water came crashing down on them.
If a Miracle Happens Long Ago.. Did it Still Happen?
Much like the saying.. if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound? While this was obviously the very hand of God that could be denied by no one except today by a number of scientists, athiests, and secular humanists who would have denied the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea even if they witnessed it themselves then were soaked by the splash as these walls of water came together. As they say.. DENIAL is not just a river in EGYPT
For me I find the ability to believe in the miracles, providence, FAITHFULNESS, and love of the one true God easier than for those above mentioned cynics. To have doubts and to not understand is part of the human condition, but for me TO BELIEVE THERE IS NOT A GOD.. that takes a whole different kind of faith.. or as I once read to believe that .. you have to be a special kind of STUPID.
But onward and forward I draw the WHAT IFs of Moses and his parting powers.. with these PARTING SHOT cartoons of the Red Sea and the man they called
Hi, ho.. it's off to the wilderness we go .. as a newly freed hungry nation's stomachs collectively growled as all their paper bag lunches with PB&J sandwiches packed and oreo cookies when they left Egypt were now gone. AND with no nearby exits to a fast food drive-thru windows capable of handling 600,000 Jews they cried out to Moses.. WE'RE HUNGRY LET'S GO BACK TO EGYPT!
In response God sends Quail & Manna combo meals for everyone!
and for something to drink.. water from a rock.
Later in Exodus 17 there was the battle with the Amalekites. The Israelites were attacked, and so in response Moses stood on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” while Joshua fought the Amalekites. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. WHEW!
At Mount Sinai
On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. 3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain[b] trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.[c]
The Ten Commandments
1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
God’s Angel to Prepare the Way
20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”
13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”
15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
The Priestly Garments
42 “Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh. 43 Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die.
The Golden Calf
1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” 2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
7 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
9 “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
11 But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14 Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
15 Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. 16 The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.
17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.”
18 Moses replied:
“It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear.”
19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
21 He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”
22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. 23They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”
Moses and the Glory of the LORD
12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17 And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
The New Stone Tablets
The Radiant Face of Moses
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
This page contains Bible cartoons from the book of Exodus about Moses, the Ten Commandments, the parting of the Red Sea and much much more