Week 4 (January 22-28)

Week 4 of our Bible Reading Plan courtesy of the Bible Project!

This week we dive into Exodus 19-34!

Last week we closed the book of Genesis and started Exodus, one of the most foundational books in the Bible. We were introduced to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt and the worst character so far in the biblical narrative. In this story, he embodies human evil and rebellion against God but is ultimately defeated. God prevails by showing his power over the gods of Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

Here we see some key themes from Genesis reappear while new images and ideas emerge. God turns the table on human evil (remember Joseph and his brothers) and conquers Pharaoh's rebellion by using his own evil heart against him. We also see the beginnings of the Passover tradition as the sacrificial lamb becomes an image of God's justice and mercy in the tenth plague on Egypt. And most important of all, God delivers the enslaved Israelites from the Egyptians and destroys Pharaoh and his army in the waters of the sea. This week, we'll see the highs and lows as the Israelites wander through the desert to Mount Sinai and beyond.

Day 22

EXODUS 16 – 18 | PSALMS 22

The Covenant at Mt. Sinai

Day 23

EXODUS 19-21 | PSALMS 23

Day 24

EXODUS 22-24 | PSALMS 24

Day 25

EXODUS 25-27 | PSALMS 25 (NO VIDEO)

Day 26

EXODUS 28-29 | PSALMS 26 (NO VIDEO)

Day 27

EXODUS 30-31 | PSALMS 27

Day 28

EXODUS 32-34 | PSALMS 28

Summary

We begin our journey on the far side of the Red Sea with the nation of Israel. Pharaoh has been destroyed, and God's people are free from evil, but their story isn't over yet. Exodus 16-18 is a foreshadowing of Israel's coming rebellion. The story continues as God enters into a covenant relationship with the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Moses climbs the mountain to meet with God and receive the terms of the covenant. You might be tempted to breeze through some of this, but this section (Exodus 19-34) is foundational for understanding the rest of the Old Testament.

This section also includes Israel's first great rebellion as God's covenant people. The Israelites are already veering way off course, but God forgives them and renews the covenant. The book of Exodus concludes with the Israelites working on the tabernacle, the sacred place where God promises to bring his presence in a tangible way.

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