I spent the last several weeks STUDYING the book of Exodus. Here are just a few of the gems I found:
We must make a plan. 1:10.
They refused to obey the king's orders. 1:17.
They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 2:23.
God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 2:24.
God knew it was time to act. 2:24b.
Moses took a closer look. 3:4.
I am aware of their suffering.3:7. I have been watching closely. 3:16. I am well aware of my covenant with them. 6:5.
Three-day journey: 5:3; 11:22; 19:11; 23:14; 34:13.
Every Israelite woman will ask for articles of silver and gold and fine clothing from the Egyptians.3:22; 11:2.
Aaron is on his way to meet you now. 4:14; 4:27.
I have empowered you. 4:21.
When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. 4:31.
I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai-God Almighty-but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them. 6:3.
I will make you seem like God to Pharaoh. 7:1.
Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharoah. 7:7.
"This is the finger of God!" the magicians exclaimed. 8:19; 31:13.
I will make a clear distinction between my people and your people. 8:23; 9:4; 9:26; 11:7 11:23.
I have spared you for a purpose-to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth. 9:16.
I've also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians. 10:2;13:8.
We won't know how to worship the Lord until we get there. 10:26.
Then a loud wail will rise throughout the land of Egypt, a wail like no one has heard before or will ever hear again.11:6.
When I see the blood I will pass over you. 12:13,33.
They stripped the Egyptians of their wealth. 12:36.
There were about 600,000 men, plus all the women and children. 12:37.
The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the Lord's forces left the land. 12:40-41.
Do not break any of the Passover lamb's bones. 12:46.
The Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt like an army. 12:50.
You have been set free. 13:4.
God will certainly come to help you. 13:19,21.
Order the Israelites to turn back and camp by
Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. I have planned this! 14:2,4.
The people of Israel left Egypt with fists raised in defiance. 14:8.
Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. 14:13-14.
All Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord. 14:18.
The Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the sea bed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side. The deep waters became hard. 14:21-22; 15:8.
So Moses cried out to the the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink. 15:25.
If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you. 15:26.
I'm going to rain down food from heaven for you. 16:4.
In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord. 16:7.
Manna (what is it?) was a flaky substance. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey wafers. 16:14,31.
Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent. 16:16.
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, who had been a worshiper of Baal, becomes a believer. "I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians." 18:11.
What are you really accomplishing here? 18:14.
This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. 18:18.
I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 19:4.
If you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation. 19:5-6.
There was a long, loud blast from a ram's horn, and all the peole trembled. They stood at a distance, trembling with fear. 19:16; 20:18.
All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. 19:18.
Your fear of him will keep you from sinning. 20:20.
An accident permitted by God. 21:13.
You must not call on the name of any other gods. Do not even speak their names. 23:13.
I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. Pay close attention to him, and obey his instructions. Do not rebel against him for he is my representative, and he will not forgive your rebellion. But if you are careful to obey him following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you. For my angel will go before you and bring you into the land. 23:20-23.
You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness. 23:25.
Make no treaties with them or their gods. They must not live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me. 23:32-33.
Moses took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. 24:7.
Then Moses, Aaron, Nadam, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence! 24:9-11.
Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud. To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mounatin. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. 24:15-18.
Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them. 25:2.
I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover. 25:22.
Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chestpiece. These are the objects used to determine the Lord's will. 28:30.
I have specifically chosen Bezalel. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. I have given him special skill so he can make all the things I have commanded you to make. 31:2,3,6.
When Moses prayed the Lord changed his mind. 32:14.
The lie: I simply threw it into the fire-and out came this calf! 32:24.
Let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. 33:13.
Your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth. 33:16.
I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live. 33:19-20; 34:5-6.
Moses immediately threw himself to the ground and worshiped. 34:8.
I will perform miracles that have never been performed anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the Lord.
Never make a treaty with the people who live in the land. 34:12.
Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. 34:28.
His face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. 34:29.
All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. 35:21.
The Lord had given Bezalel and Oholiab the ability to teach their skills to others. 35:34.
The people had given more than enough. 36:5.
Bezalel made the ark. 37:1.
The people brought 43 million dollars worth of gold, and 2 million dollars worth of silver for the Tabernacle. 38:24.
Bezalel made gold thread by hammering out thin sheets of gold and cutting it into fine strands. 39:3.
Moses took the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant and placed them inside the Ark. 40:20.
Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. 40:36-37.