Well folks, here it is: The start of my second book in this epically intense, lighthearted journey through the whole dang Bible. Do you ever step back from what you are doing and wonder if you have just bitten off way more than you can chew?
I might be having one of those moments.
Episode Exodus 1
How do I start talking about Exodus? I mean, the story of Exodus is, like, THE story of the Old Testament! Well, there is only one way to start a story this huge.
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Reading through Exodus 1, I was fascinated by Pharaoh’s logic. Here is what I saw:
- Israelites increase in numbers; so much so that they outnumber the Egyptians!
- He becomes afraid of the Israelites because of their increasing numbers.
- He enslaves them
- They keep increasing.
- He, and all his people, become more afraid
- The slavery becomes more “ruthless” and oppressive. Eventually Pharaoh orders all his people to become baby killers.
Isn’t it amazing how one scared person in power can attempt to justify the destruction of an entire people group? It’s a good thing that this never happened again in history!
You know what? Hebrew women are awesome. I just want to say that. First, they refuse to follow Pharaoh’s orders to kill the newborn males. Then they come up with the raddest reason why when confronted about it.
“Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”
And what I love even more is that God loves this too. He sees what they do and honors them for it by giving them their own families.
Exodus kicks off with a God who roots for the oppressed and celebrates when they stand up to a corrupt and evil system. Nice!