Onto a new chapter! We’re diving into Exodus, the second book of the Bible. What will it bring? I’m not sure, but I’m along for the ride.
Exodus 1: Slavery in Egypt
Exodus starts off by recapping Jacob’s/Israel’s sons. The sons and their descendants became known as the Israelites. So he was referred to as Jacob until it’s time to name his civilization. I guess Jacobites would have sounded weird.
Anywho. A new king/pharaoh came to power in Egypt. This Pharaoh wasn’t as keen toward Joseph and his family as the previous one was. The Israelites were large in numbers (70+ in just two generations) and the Egyptians were worried they’d become enemies.
So, as any ruler would do, the Pharaoh and the Egyptians put the Israelites into slavery and worked them hard with manual labor.
The new Pharaoh ordered that when Hebrew women had children to kill the boys and let the girls live. Finally, something in favor of females. (I kid. Murder is bad.) He put some midwives in charge of instituting this new rule.
Side note: I honestly have no idea who the Hebrew people are at this point. I think they’re non-Egyptians living in Egypt. And I don’t think they’re the Israelites.
Update to the sidenote: I did some research and it sounds like the Hebrew people are the same as the Israelites. So I was wrong. Shows how much I know. Honestly, the terminology in this book is so confusing.
The midwives were afraid of God and didn’t want to kill the male kids. Pharaoh got mad and said, “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” Harsh, bro.
Exodus 2: God Chooses Moses
An unnamed woman had a son. She hid him for three months until she couldn’t any longer. She put him in a basket and placed the basket in the reeds along the bank of the Nile. So I guess technically she put him into the Nile as instructed.
Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket when she went down to the river to bathe. Her slave rescued the baby and found a Hebrew woman to raise him. It says, “the girl (the slave) went and got the baby’s mother.” So to me, that sounds like the unnamed woman was asked to raise her own child. But it’s not super clear, again because of preposition error.
Eventually the male baby became the Pharaoh’s daughter’s son. She named him Moses.
Jump ahead to Moses grown up.
He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, so he killed the Egyptian. That makes sense.
Word got around that Moses killed the Egyptian. Pharaoh tried to kill Moses, Moses fled, and Moses helped save some damsels in distress. The damsels brought Moses to their father, who offered his daughter Zipporah as his wife.
The current Pharaoh died, and the Israelites cried out for help from God regarding their slavery.
Exodus 3: Moses and the Burning Bush
Moses was out tending to a flock when the angel of the Lord appeared to him as flames from within a bush. Moses noticed that the bush was on fire but wasn’t burning up.
God called to Moses from the bush.
God told Moses that he wanted Moses to go to the new Pharaoh and bring God’s people (the Israelites) out of Egypt and their slavery.
Moses wondered why God chose him and what he should say if the Israelites question him.
God reassured Moses that he’d be with him. He said, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
I have no idea what that means, but I do know it’s poor grammar.
God told Moses all the other stuff to say to get the Israelites to trust him. God also says that the Israelites will end up walking away with a bunch of silver and gold as well.
Exodus 4: Signs for Moses
Moses was still worried about the Israelites not believing him. God had Moses throw his staff on the ground and it turned into a snake. When Moses picked it back up, it turned back into a staff.
Then God taught Moses a bunch of other magic tricks so the Israelites would believe him.
Moses still didn’t want to go.
God told Moses that all the men who wanted him dead were dead. So Moses packed up his wife and sons (no word on the daughters), grabbed the magic staff, and headed to Egypt.
“At a lodging place along the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.”
Sorry, what? So God just sent Moses on an important journey. Now he tried to kill him? And the only thing that stopped him is his wife chopping off their son’s foreskin. I’m so confused.
Moses’s brother, Aaron, meets up with Moses in the desert and they head to take on the Lord’s mission. Moses says everything the Lord said to say and does the magic he told him to do.
The Israelites believed and bowed down to worship.
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