Week 6: Exodus 1-12

Prepare the following questions for Sunday, April 7, 2013.

In Exodus we return to the story of the now-called Israelites (the family of Jacob that settled in Egypt to avoid famine).  Things don't go so well for them and they have to leave (which is what Exodus means) under the guidance of Moses, who is generally thought to have written down the first 5 books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.)

1.  Who was Moses and what are the highlights of what happened to him in these chapters?

2.  What might Moses have been thinking during the rather dramatic events of his life (raised in palace, on the run for murder, burning bush, speaking to Pharaoh)?  How could those thoughts affect how he viewed God?

3.  List the plagues discussed in these chapters.  Were the plagues effective in getting Pharaoh to release the Israelites? Why?

4.  How does the story of Passover (Chapter 12) relate to what you know of the story of Jesus from the New Testament?  (Luke 22:1-20 might help with ideas)

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