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Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
We're taking this winter to go through the book of Exodus-the second book in the Bible-both the Christian Bible and the Jewish Bible. And the reason we chose to focus on this book is that in so many ways, the story of the Israelites is our story. The things they struggled with are the things we struggle with. And the things God had to teach them are exactly the same things has to teach us. And the ways that God led them are the same ways that God leads us…which is what we're going to talk about today. But first let's just do a one-minute review of where we've been…
430 years earlier, the nation of Israel had started as this tiny group of people in Egypt. They went there because there was a famine, and Egypt was the one place that had food. So they were welcomed as this tiny minority in a foreign country. But they grew. And the larger they grew, the more the Egyptians felt threatened. So the Egyptian government started to clamp down on this growing threat. They started treating them as slave labor.
Generations went by, and finally God raised up a young guy named Moses, who had the benefit of being born into a Hebrew family, but then raised primarily in an Egyptian household. So Moses grew up; he wound up spending about 40 years in the desert, as kind of a training period. And then God spoke to him from a burning bush, and he said, ''I want you to go to Pharaoh-the king of Egypt-and tell him to let my people go!'' So Moses tried it, and Pharaoh basically laughed him out of the palace.
So God unleashed a series of plagues on Egypt, which caused all kinds of damage, but Pharaoh continued to harden his heart. Until the tenth plague-which involved the death of the firstborn of every Egyptian family. And the Israelites were able to avoid that plague by putting the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their homes-which was commemorated in the ...
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