Exodus

Moses and Aaron arrive back in Egypt and demand the release of the Israelites – Pharaoh responds with punishment of Hebrew slaves (Exodus 5:1 – 5:23).

After speaking to the Israelites about the task God has assigned them, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Our God, the God of Israel, has told us, ‘Let my people go so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is this…
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Exodus

God sends Moses and Aaron back to Egypt – Moses performs the first signs for the Israelites (Exodus 4:18 – 4:31).

After speaking to God through the burning bush, Moses went to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.” The Lord had said to Moses…
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Exodus

Moses fears being God’s messenger – God calms his fears and offers an alternative (Exodus 4:1 – 4:17).

God assigned Moses a critical task – he must lead the Israelites out of captivity. But Moses is afraid. He said, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you?’” God said to Moses, “What is that in your…
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Exodus

Moses and the burning bush – the revelation of God to Moses through the burning bush is one of the most important stories in the Bible (Exodus 2:23 – 3:22).

The king of Egypt had died. The Israelites struggled through slavery and their cries reached God. He remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God looked upon the Israelites and was concerned about them. Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led…
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Exodus

After killing a man, Moses flees Pharaoh and settles in Midian to live (Exodus 2:11 – 2:22)

After Moses reached adulthood, he went to where his own people were and watched them work at hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. He looked around, and seeing no one, he struck the Egyptian dead and hid his body in the sand.…
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Ezekiel

Ezekiel is instructed to go into exile – the demise of Zedekiah is foretold (Ezekiel 12:1 – 12:28)

God spoke to Ezekiel saying, “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear. Therefore, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from…
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Exodus

Baby Moses is hidden from Pharaoh along the banks of the Nile river (Exodus 2:1 – 2:10).

A man from the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Fearful of the Israelite’s growing power, Pharaoh had issued orders to his people – every Hebrew child born must be killed. When the woman saw he was a fine…
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Ezekiel

God did not abandon Israel – promises to restore Israel to greatness (Ezekiel 11:14 – 11:25)

The word of God came to Ezekiel. “Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from God. This land was given to us as our possession.’ Therefore tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:…
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Daniel

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden god and are thrown into a fiery furnace because of their rebellion (Daniel 3:1 – 3:30)

King Nebuchadnezzar created a massive golden image that was 90-feet high and 9-feet wide. He placed the gold image in the plains of Dura in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all other officials to come to the dedication of the image he…
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Exodus

Israel grows in Egypt and becomes a threat to Pharaoh (Exodus 1:1 – 1:22)

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher entered Egypt with Jacob. Seventy descendants of Jacob accompanied him (Joseph was already in Egypt). Over time, Joseph, his brothers, and many of their generations died. The Israelites, however, were fruitful in Egypt. They greatly multiplied their numbers…
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