Exodus Era is our topic for today from our book, “30 Days to Understanding the Bible,” by Max Anders. In this chapter, we will explore a grumbling and complaining people who struggle with following directions. When I think of the Exodus era, I am reminded that I, too, can struggle with following God’s instructions for my life.
An Exodus scenario
Have you ever felt like you were the best person to make the decision? Do you know what I mean? Let me give you an example. There’s something you are just dying to do, but everyone has told you doing this one thing would be detrimental to your health and well being. Your friends have said to you that though you asked them to pray, going through with it is something they felt was not pleasing to God. But you insist because you know you. You know how you would handle the situation, and you foresee the outcome. So you move forward against godly advice and sound judgment.
And then, whammo!
Precisely what your friends advised you against has happened, and you can’t understand why God allowed it to happen and why God didn’t save you from the consequence of your decision.
God heard the cries of the Israelites, and he sent Moses to rescue them from the oppression of the Egyptians. And as great as that was for the Israelites, once they crossed the river, they became impatient and tried to move forward without God. Bad decision. Poor Moses led them around the desert for forty years.
God gives them the law.
Moses is our central figure for the Exodus era, and the primary location is in Egypt.
Our four significant events in this era are as follows:
- The Law
- Kadesh Barnea
- Forty Years of Wandering
Join me as we look into each of these main events.