Much like the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, we are going to take 10 weeks this summer to walk through the Biblical book of Exodus. As we journey along with the Israelites, we will see how their story is also our story. We learn about God's presence, which brings us to understanding His promises and experiencing His deliverance and redemption. We can't wait to take this journey together this summer.
Exodus Summer Reading Plan
We're excited to offer a reading plan that will take us through the entire book of Exodus. Check out the information here each week as you read, save it digitally, or print out a copy for your Bible!
Act 1: Called Out of Darkness
It had been more than 400 years since God promised Abraham that his descendants would bless the world, but they found themselves in slavery in Egypt. Each day, they cried out to God for a deliverer to free them from their bondage. As the Israelites grew in number, the Egyptians increased their slave labor. Eventually, the Egyptian leader Pharaoh decreed the death of every Hebrew newborn baby boy.
One Hebrew mother placed her son in a basket in the Nile River, trusting God’s plan for his life. God saved the child, delivering him into the hands of Pharaoh’s daughter, who took him in as her own child and named him Moses. Years later, after fleeing Egypt in disgrace, God called to Moses from a burning bush, sending him back to Egypt as God’s spokesperson to tell Pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery. Moses and his brother Aaron eventually obeyed, and a standoff between the One true God and the most powerful man in the world had begun in Egypt.
Act 2: Freedom From Bondage
As God’s people were enslaved in Egypt, Pharaoh was stubborn and would not listen to God’s call to release Israel. As a result, God sent 10 plagues to Egypt, each one with an opportunity for Pharaoh to listen to God and let his people go. In preparation for the final plague, the death of the firstborn son, the people of Israel marked their doors with the blood of spotless lambs in order to be passed over when the angel of death came through the nation. That night, the firstborn of every household that did not bear the mark lost their life. Not even the son of the mighty Pharaoh was spared. Finally, Pharaoh relented and let the Israelites go free.
Yahweh led the Israelites through the sea on dry ground and out of Egypt into the wilderness, leading them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Despite God’s faithfulness and power in rescuing them from slavery, Israel fell back into their old habits, and their future as the people of God was in jeopardy.
Experiencing Exodus Videos:
Week 5: Available July 5
Week 6: Available July 12
Week 7: Available July 19
Act 3: Pursuing His Presence
As Yahweh led his people through the wilderness, he provided food called manna and reminded them that he would always provide for their needs. If Israel obeyed and kept God’s covenant, they would be his treasured possession, a nation holy before God. And they agreed. After 40 days and nights on the mountain alone with God, Moses returned with the foundation of the covenant, the 10 commandments. However, upon his return, he found the people bowing to a false idol, a golden calf made of jewelry from Egypt. Israel had once again forgotten their promise to God, and the Lord’s wrath burned against Israel.
After repenting, Israel built a tabernacle for the Lord to dwell, specific to his every instruction, and the Lord God descended and filled the tabernacle. The people of Israel worshipped their God, Yahweh, who had drawn them out of bondage, and they once again knew him as Lord and lived as the people of God, witnesses to his faithfulness to the entire world.