The Exodus

In part 1 we made it all the way to the beginning of the Exodus, this is where it begins. Moses has done everything that God has asked him to do and now he will lead these people out of the land of Egypt. They have packed up their homes and their lives and have started moving south toward Succoth, all six hundred thousand men and their wives and children. They were also given the restrictions for the Passover and the Israelites did them.

The Exodus

Crossing the Red Sea

During the time that the people were let go by the Pharoah, he would change his mind about them and said that him and his army should go after those people. The Israelites were very afraid and cried out to God. They asked Moses if there were no graves for them to die in Egypt that he had to bring them out into the desert to die? He told them not to be afraid because God had it handled. Then the Angel of God went and put a pillar of cloud between the Egyptians and the Israelites.

Then Moses stretched his hand out over the waters of the sea and the waters divided and the Israelites went through. The Egyptians continued to pursue them into the water and the Egyptians were swallowed up by the sea. The people who saw this put their trust in the Lord God and knew that Moses was his servant.

Then the Israelites song a song to the Lord, Miriam and some of the women sang to the people:

Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.

Moses leads them

Water, Manna and Quail

The journey through the desert would find the Israelites without water because the river they had stopped at was extremely bitter, but God made sure his people had water by instructing Moses to put a piece of wood in the water, which would make this water sweet. They continued on to Elim (Desert of Sin).

While in Elim, the Israelites would grumble about food and God would send them manna and quail to his hungry people. This manna would rain on the people wherever they went. Everyone got what they needed and no one kept this manna till the next day, except the day that they were supposed to rest from their work. The people would save an omer of the manna for those who would come to see that God had given this bread. Also the Israelites would eat this manna for the next 40 years of their travels. 

During a stay at Rephidim, the Israelites would find themselves without water again and they would argue with Moses about the water situation. Moses goes to God who would give them water through a rock.

The Defeat of the Amalekites

The Amalekites attacked the Israelites during their stay in Rephidim, Moses sent some of the men to fight them. The Israelites fought these people and won. As long as the hand of Moses stayed up in the air, so they put stones under his arms when his hands got tired. The men of the Israelites would win the fight.

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Jethro visits Moses

During this time, Jethro (Moses' father-in-law) brings his sons and wife back to Moses. The father-in-law saw Moses as the judge for the people and recommended that he choose a new team of people as the judge for all of these people, then he would return back to his own land.

The 10 Commandments

God brought the people of Israel to Mount Sinai and then Moses was called up to the mountain to speak with God. He was told the 10 commandments while he was there.

1. You shall have no other gods before me.

2. You shall not make for yourself any idols.

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

5. Honor your mother and father.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultry.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet

God then continues to give more laws to Moses that concerned Hebrew servants, personal injuries, protection of property, social responsibility, laws of mercy, Sabbath laws and annual festivals. God also told him that he would send an angel to care for him and the people. God told Moses he would give him these directions on stone tablets, he stayed for 40 days and 40 nights.