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Week 5 Day 1
There are 430 silent years between Genesis and ExodusJacob's family stayed on in Egypt after the famineThey grew and became a large group of people known as the children of Israel or the Hebrews.
They did not assimilate into Egyptian cultureInstead they preserved their family history and continued to trace their identity back to the twelve sons of Jacob.
A new king of Egypt looked upon the Hebrews as a threat to his country and enslaved themHe thought he could control them by hard work and by killing their male offspring.
Enter the baby Moses set afloat in a bulrush basket among the reedsMoses would grow up to be a man with two identities he lived with his Hebrew family for those important early years of his life after that he became a son/prince in the Pharaoh's household.
EGYPT The place of refuge became a place of oppression. Exodus 1 & 2
6Joseph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation. 7But the children of Israel were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. 8Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, "Look, the people of Israel are more and mightier than we. 10Let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and in the event of war, they join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land." 11They set taskmasters over them to afflict them. The Israelites built for Pharaoh the supply cities, Pitom and Raamses. 12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. 13So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. 14They made their lives bitter with hard bondage--in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of field service. 15Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, 16and said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birth stools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live." 1A man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughterof Levi. 2So the woman conceived and bore a son. When shesaw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. 3But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank. 4His sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. 5The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river.Her maidens walked along the river side; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. 6When she opened it, she saw the child, and the baby wept. So she had compassion and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." 7Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I call anurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?" 8Pharaoh's daughter said, "Go." So the maiden went and called the child's mother. 9Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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The Bible Condensed. From Genesis to Revelation (Old Testament and New Testament) in 365 daily readings plus commentary. This Bible reading plan will help you read the Bible from beginning end, as one continuous story.