Exodus 32: God Comes to Kill

In Exodus

“Now don’t try to stop me. I am angry with them, and I am going to destroy them” (Exodus 32:9). These were the words of God to Moses about the roughly 2 million people standing around the foot of Mount Sinai. Was God really “this close” to wiping them all …

Exodus 20-33: Punishing to the Fourth Generation

In Exodus

We can’t ignore it – words that are found in no less a place than the 10 commandments: “I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 20:5). Thomas Jefferson referred to these words as “contrary to every principle …

Exodus 20: Rules for the Unruly

In Exodus

According to the New Testament, all law comes down to love. “The only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law…if you love others, you will never do them wrong; to love, then is to obey the whole Law” (Romans 13:8,9). And again, …

Exodus 5-20: Egypt to Sinai

In Exodus

Did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? Paul’s use of the potter-clay analogy to illustrate God’s involvement with Pharaoh has been greatly misinterpreted to paint the picture of a god who is not a God of freedom, but rather a puppet master who pre-determines who will be vessels of his love and …

Exodus 1-4: Down is the Way Up

In Exodus

Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth” (Numbers 12:3). What is humility and why was this the necessary character trait for Israel’s first great leader? Humility is often perceived as something that it is not. For example, some see humility as weakness or as …

Exodus (2007)

In Exodus

Part 1 We first discussed the horrible stories in the last half of Genesis: the multiple deceptive actions of Jacob, Rachel stealing Laban’s household gods (why did she need them?), Reuben sleeping with Jacob’s concubine, polygamy, 2 of Jacob’s sons killing an entire village of men, Judah marrying a Caananite …