Overview of Exodus

30 Oct 2018 Book of Exodus
  • 2nd book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and Pentateuch
  • The Book of Exodus can be divided into three major sections:
    • the miraculous deliverance of Israel (1:1—13:16),
    • the miraculous journey to Sinai (13:17—18:27), and
    • the miraculous revelations at Sinai (19:1—40:38).
  • Four major events occur in Second section.
    • First, the Hebrews witness God’s miraculous delivering power (13:17—15:21).
    • Second, they experience first hand God’s ability to provide for His children (15:22—17:7).
    • Third, they receive protection from their enemy, the Amalekites (17:8–16).
    • Fourth, ruling elders are established to keep peace among the people (18:1–27).
  • Third section has three major components.
    • First is the giving of the Ten Commandments and those instructions that explain in great detail how these commandments are to be expressed in the lives of God’s covenant people (19:1—23:19).
    • Second are instructions concerning the building of a tabernacle and its furniture (25:1—31:18).
    • Third is the actual construction of the tabernacle, its furnishings, and the dwelling of God’s presence in the completed structure (35:4—40:33).
  • The first concept to be gleaned from the Book of Exodus is that God blesses those who remain in a covenant relationship with Him.
  • Second, God explains in great detail what is acceptable to Him.
  • Third, God delivers those who find themselves in bondage.
  • 300 years separate Exodus from Genesis.
  • Exodus is the record of Israel’s birth as a nation.
  • Exodus begins in pain and ends in liberation.
  • Exodus covers the period from the arrival of Jacob in Egypt to the erecting of the Tabernacle in the wilderness some 431 years later.
  • During the time Israel was in Egypt, Egypt became a world empire.
  • Moses was a Levite.
  • At the time of the Exodus there were 600,000 men above the age of 20 besides the women and children.
  • Probably 3 to 4 million people left Egypt in the Exodus.
  • While it took God one night to get Israel out of Egypt, it took 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel.
  • With Exodus begins the story of Moses himself.
  • The story of Moses constitutes about one-seventh of the whole Bible.
  • The story of Moses is about two-thirds as large as the New Testament.
  • Egyptians were the descendants of Ham.
  • Marching 50 abreast, it would stretch for 40 miles into the desert. At a modest pace of 2 ½ miles per hour, the people would require more than 16 hours to pass by the same point.
  • Just to provide the minimum ration of food and water for the people (not including provisions for their animals) would take the equivalent of 30 boxcars of food and 300 tank cars of water every day of their 40 year journey.