[bible:365] Exodus 1-19

There are few sections of the Old Testament that capture our imagination quite like the story of the Exodus from Egypt. From the interwoven story of Moses, a murderer in all respects (2:12), to the incredible plagues of Egypt, to the parting of the Red Sea, there is nothing quite like it, and it is likely the Old Testament’s most well known story.

The Israelites’ time in slavery must have been terrible for them. Slavery is horrible for anyone, but the Israelites had been promised so much by God, they were going to be a great nation, and God was going to give them a land of their own. How would this promise have looked to them while they were slaves in Egypt? Might they have felt as though God had abandoned them? Maybe thinking that God had broken his promise to them, or he had never intended to keep it? continue reading…

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[bible:365] Days 8-10 – Genesis 35-50

I love the Joseph story (and it’s various retellings. Technicolor Dreamcoat anybody?). It’s always been a particular favorite of mine, seeing how God uses one man to impact so many people, even though things don’t always seem to go well for him.

I can’t imagine what it would have felt like to be him: to be sold into slavery by your own brothers. The sense of abandonment he must have felt, and yet he never turns away from God. Then, to go from rock bottom as a slave in a foreign country to being household overseer for an important man, only to have it all taken away from him when he did nothing wrong. I can’t believe I ever complain about my circumstances. continue reading…