Welcome to Exodus! Here’s the Bible Project Overview of the first 18 chapters.
Exodus is the second book in the Torah.
These form one piece of literature called the Torah, or The Law. It was mostly written by Moses during his time in the wilderness, as God spoke to him and framed Israel’s corporate identity and purposes.
Exodus is a compelling story, rich with multifaceted meanings and applications, so don’t be afraid to ask the “what’s” and the “whys”.
The first two chapters are Moses’ origin story. He was born at a perilous time, and there are many parallels/foreshadows of Jesus’ birth: Born under an evil ruler, mass baby boy deaths at the time of his birth, which he is spared from, raised by a father not his own, etc.
This chapter ends with Moses living as “a foreigner in a foreign land” and this passage, which introduces all that will happen next:
“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” (2:23-25)
The Exodus is a widely accepted historical event, but it is also rich with imagery and foreshadowing. Consider what you find your soul groaning about, today. Consider the concern of the LORD. He is not passive about His children. He hears them, comes for them, and sets them free.
Do you feel lost in a hopeless situation? Bring it to the LORD today.