Lessons from Exodus


The word Exodus is from the Greek and means going out or departure. It was giving this name because the main story in this book is the departure of the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt. From the death of Joseph to the giving of the law covers about 360 years. It has been suggested that 12 – 40 covers about 1 year.


The theme of the book.

Exodus 19: 4 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.  5 'Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.  6 'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."


God power against the Egyptians – the plagues and the killing of them in red sea

God love for his chosen people as he delivered them from Egyptian bondage.

Gods call for his people to obey and consequences if they do not. VRS 5.


I believe there are 2 key words to this book Deliverance and redemption. Delivered from the Egyptians and redeemed by entering into a covenant relationship with God.


Key phrases Let my people Go and that you may know that I am the Lord


Key chapters 12-14


In the book of Genesis we learned about the origin of mankind and development of Abrahams family. In Exodus we see this one family become a nation and we begin to see the progress of Gods promises to Abraham.


Genesis 22: 17 "blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.  18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."


God will give all the land of Canaan to Abrahams

descendants. Gen. 15:12-21



1. ISRAEL IN EGPTY EX. 1:1 – 12:36

Israel in Egypt, 80 years of Moses, the 10 plagues


Passover, journey to red sea and there first taste of freedom

3. ISRAEL AT SINAI EX. 19 – 40

Israel’s idol worship, the giving of the law and the construction of the tabernacle.





Moses wrote this book and their are several passages that state that.


Exodus 17:13-14  3 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.  14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua,


Exodus 24:4  And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD This refers to all that God said in Ex. 20 -23.



Exodus 34:27  27 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."


Joshua and Jesus both credit Moses with writing the 10 commandments in Exodus 20.


There are several things we learn about God in the Book of Exodus


1. Sovereignty ( supreme power)

Power over nature in the 10 plagues

Power over the Pharaoh power over all kings and nations

Power to defend his children

2. God is everlasting

Ex. 3:14 God is name is I AM which simple mean TO BE in others he has always existed.


3. God is a jealous God

Exodus 20:3  " You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:5   5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, Exodus 34:14  14 '(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),


4. God will answer your prayers.

Exodus 2:23 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.  24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. 







I think its really neat how the book of Genesis prophecies of what would happen in the book of Exodus.



Genesis 15:13 Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.  14 "And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.  


God also tells Jacob that he will make a great nation out his people in Egypt Gen. 46:3








8-10 King was scared and rightly so the children of Israel were great in number


1st plan 11 – 14 His first plan was to work them so hard they wouldn’t even think about having more children but it didn’t work


2nd  plan 15 -21 Hebrew midwives were suppose to kill the  male children but not the females. They could intermarry with the girls. They feared God  more the king. Acts 5:29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men. Don’t allow someone to make you do things that you should not. Tell story of about radio at the mall.


3rd plan 23 He gets all his people involved and wants  them to cast every male into the river. His plans were similar to King Herod who slaughtered all those male children under 2 years of age. Of course in Chapter 2 we learn that Moses escapes this wicked plan of the Pharaoh however we will examine that in more detail next week. The Book of exodus is another excellent book that we should study and learn from. In our lesson tonight we have learned more about Gods Character and how he deals with those who cry out to him.