March 20, 2019

Topic Day|Exodus Introduction

Tell the Coming Generation of His Mighty Deeds! Recount His Wondrous Works to All People!

Exodus 1:1

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Israel Increases Greatly in Egypt

These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:

Tell the Coming Generation of His Mighty Deeds! Recount His Wondrous Works to All People!



Key Verse | Exodus 2:23-25

During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.

Bio | Phil Dunson

Hello, friends! My name is Phil Dunson. My wife Laura and I are proud to announce that we are one week after our first wedding anniversary and two weeks out from our first child's due date! Praise the Lord!

Only eight years ago, I was a slave to sin and needed to be rescued from my Egypt. God parted the sea and set me free! Praise the Lord for His grace and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We have been set free!

Central Truth

Exodus is about a journey. A journey of God's chosen people out from the oppression of the Egyptians. A journey where the Israelites would truly understand who their God and Savior was. It is a story of redemption and revelation as God displays His glorious power to the whole world!

Devotional | Exodus Introduction

Hello, and welcome to Exodus! I am excited to give you a brief summary of Exodus and a great reminder from Scripture to tell this story to our future generations!

If you were to summarize the book,...

Hello, and welcome to Exodus! I am excited to give you a brief summary of Exodus and a great reminder from Scripture to tell this story to our future generations!

If you were to summarize the book, here's an outline:

  • Redemption (Exodus 1–18)
  • Revelation (Exodus 19–40)

Redemption: God saves His people from slavery and raises up a redeemer to lead them out of slavery and to worship Him. He keeps His covenant with Abraham. He shows the whole world His power and sovereignty with signs and wonders.

Revelation: God reveals to Moses the laws and commandments the Israelites need to keep to live as His chosen people, holy and set apart from the rest of the world. He describes in detail how they are to build a tabernacle and guides them on how they should worship Him. He gives them the Law and instructs them in His commandments to keep for future generations to come.  

As we consider this incredible story and recount the works of the Lord, Scripture reminds us to not forget to tell this story. Let's take a look!

"Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!" (Psalm 105:1-2)

"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might and the wonders that he has done." (Psalm 78:4)

"[T]hat the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments." (Psalm 78:6-7)

I am blessed to know that 2019 is the year that I will become a father.

I can't wait to "tell the coming generation" of this wonderful story!

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Discussion Questions

1. Does this outline of Redemption and Revelation give you a better understanding of the flow of this book? How so? Have you ever been able to use this method studying other books of the Bible?

2. What Scripture do you know that refers back to the story of Exodus? How does this story relate to your life?

3. Exodus has many parallels to the life of a new believer and the life of Jesus. Have you ever considered this? How can you keep your eyes open as you read for these similarities?

4. How well do you know this wonderful story, and how often do you "tell the coming generation"?

15 Comments available

Sharhonda Conner 5 months ago

Congratulations Phil! And excellent introduction to Exodus for us. We can all relate to Exodus as we remind ourselves on all that we’ve been redeemed/rescued from and focus in on more of what God reveals to us of His character.

Jay Caruso 5 months ago

Thanks Phil. Congratulations and both mile stones. Our children need godly men in there lives more thank ever. Keep the journey thriving !!

Michael Scaman 5 months ago

Of the top 10 most quoted Old Testament books in the New Testament, 3 will be the first 3 books to be discussed this year which includes Exodus

4th of 10 Genesis 5th of 10 Exodus 6th of 10 Leviticus

I think it’s important if the New Testament refers to something allot to pay close attention. (BTW the most quoted book is Psalms )

Michael Scaman 5 months ago

Q2 regarding what scripture you know refers back to Exodus. David wrote his long Psalm 18 and borrowed images form Exodus. He was drawn out of the waters (like Moses), God came to his help descending on a mountain (like at Sinai) God flew to his help on wings of cherubs drawing from the images of the 14 cherubs in the holy place/holy of holies and on the ark and the ark traveling with them in the wilderness

https://www.slideshare.net/MichaelScaman/the-super-epic-psalms-how-the-longest-psalms-point-to-jesus-135118354

Michael Scaman 5 months ago

Spoiler alert! there was only one use of the word ‘holy’ in Genesis regarding the 7th day. In Exodus there will be about 70 or so occurrences of the word ‘holy’

A world was made from nothing in Genesis A people will be made as if from nothing in Exodus

The story of Joseph and his imprisonment and his being delivered at the end of Genesis hopefully was comfort to the Jews for the years of suffering they endured and like Joseph would be delivered here in Exodus

greg jones 5 months ago

Redemption and revelation is a great way to read Exodus regardless of a literal or allegorical reading.

Q3 & Q4 revaluation & redemption. Everyone has a life story with many story lines. Everyone compares. I can’t relate to the grandeur of Moses’ story but on scale I can relate to every position he finds himself in and every conversation he has. On scale Moses is a position and Moses is character that is needed to fulfill the position. Moses communicates with God. God communicates through Moses.

What is your Moses story? What is your Jethro chapter? What is your Pharoah chapter?

Scott Self 5 months ago

Congratulations to the Dunson family!

Our “Base Camp” Bible study group just got finished working our way through Robert Morgan’s book “The Red Sea Rules.”

https://www.christianbook.com/rules-updated-same-will-lead-out/robert-morgan/9780529104403/pd/9104403?en=google&event=SHOP&kw=christian-living-0-20%7C9104403&p=1179710&dv=m&gclid=CjwKCAjwycfkBRAFEiwAnLX5IaiQNJUdvz2iRuATF4U9Cxlh1MWV_q3UlHP56mAsDHy4mAY_qQ_ezxoCELkQAvD_BwE

It’s a tremendously helpful application of the Exodus story for when we face trials of many kinds (James 1:2-3).

Erin Hobbs 5 months ago

(2 of 2) V44 BUT He took note of my distress when He heard my cry. For my sake He remembered…out of His great love…v48 Praise Be to the Lord, the God of Israel…

Psalm 34…I sought the Lord and He answered me, He delivered me from all my fears.

Enter the year 2017 of my life when God heard my cry in the pit of my own enslavement and rescued me! He revealed all my many idols and brought me back from death. I am no longer a slave to my feelings and Freedom will always be coming for me.

Erin Hobbs 5 months ago

(1 of 2) Psalm 106!! What a picture of my own life…we have sinned, done wrong and acted wickedly. I did not remember his many kindnesses and I rebelled. YET He saved me for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known (v8). He saved and redeeemed. But v13, I soon forgot…so He gave me what I asked for (v15) and I forgot the God who saved me (v21). Then v35, 36, 39 and 43. Many times He delivered me but I was bent on my rebellion and I wasted away.

Caleb Evans 5 months ago

How can you keep your eyes open as you read for these similarities?

I don’t understand the second part of this question. Is it implying that exodus is a hard book in the Bible to comprehend what it is saying? If so how do we stay aware of what we are reading?

Tyler Cupit 5 months ago

Exodus is a wonderful story that Moses was called to be God’s servant and he freed the Israel people out of Egypt and the Israelites went to the promise land but not Moses.

Sue Bohlin 5 months ago

Thank you Phil, and congratulations!

Having studied Exodus recently in Women’s Bible Study, it will be good to walk through this magnificent book again. I’m still laughing at the memory of being assigned to teach “Christmas in Exodus“ at our women’s coffee!

Looking over the key verse, especially “God saw the people of Israel—and God knew,” I’m reminded of the true story of a tender-hearted father who comforted his little girl when she wiped out on her bike the first time they took off her training wheels: “Daddy sees, and Daddy’s sorry.” That’s the heart of Father God for His suffering children in Egypt.

Hope Harris 5 months ago

GM I enjoyed reading Dr. Constable’s Introduction to Exodus this morning.

The major teaching of Exodus: The sovereignty of God The salvation of man The methods by which the sovereign God effects, man’s salvation.

The Sovereignty of God: There is no one higher in authority than His.

The Salvation of Man: God provides salvation for man. Man does not provide it for himself. It also reveals at man appropriates what God has provided by faith.

The Effects of Salvation: God shows us how to live in a way that produces well being and peace between God, ourselves, and others.

Lindsey Driscoll 5 months ago

Phil! Hey buddy, thank you for outlining Exedous for us in redemption and revelation. I love the emphasis on teaching the next generation, as we too will Lord willing become parents this year! The Lord has given us instruction in his word. One of my favorites being Deuteronomy 6, the way we are to share our faith naturally with our children.

Hugh Stephenson 5 months ago

GM Phil. Well done. Love Redemption and Revelation.

2 Tim 3:16 - It seems what God is showing me is that my need for redemption is constant. I see this in the sequence I learned in re:gen - confession, repentance, forgiveness, amends, reconciliation. I see it in the lives of the patriarchs - especially Jacob, my favorite. I see how prosperity leads to pride and self-credit rather than God-credit.

For years I saw myself as self-made rather than God-blessed. I am thankful for the slavery that lead me to surrender and then the redemption that revealed God to me. I love the image of the Hebrews at the Red Sea looking back at the captors of their slavery closing in and forward to the impassable obstacle of the sea. Then God shows up. A friend says “to get the gift of the Promised Land you must trust the Promise Giver”.

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