To belong, and to live in peace. These are basic longings for each of us. For the people of Israel, living in slavery and oppressed by violence in ancient Egypt, neither of these were realities.
Yet in the midst of their unreal persecution, there was a glimmer of hope. A delicate basket floating down the crocodile infested waters of the Nile River carried the precious cargo of hope, the baby Moses. His story, the unlikely rise to the position of deliver of the people of Israel had the fingerprints of God on it from the very beginning.
This story, crafted by God, is not just history though. Our journey through Exodus aims at exploring how this is also our story. It is our story because of what it tells us about the bondage we live in and who our true deliverer is, Christ Jesus.
Questions for Group Discussion:
The oppression recorded in the first chapter of Exodus is on a level which had simply not been seen in the Biblical record before. However, we can often easily read these passages as such distant history that we skip over the humanity of the people involved.
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