Disciple Bible Study: Week 5

I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading.

Week 5 Theme:  Deliverance

Week 5 Readings: Exodus 1-18

Noticings:

  • Exodus 1
    • v. 7 - I don't know why the word 'prolific' strikes me as odd.
    • Many attempts to limit the capacity of the Israelites to have children
      • v. 11 - Put them to slave work
        • v. 13 - Note that the Egyptians dealt with them "ruthlessly."  My notes say this means the Egyptians were violating Egyptian standards and God's standards for slaves as set forth in the Jubilee.
      • v. 16 - Midwives / kill the boys
      • v. 22 - All the people / kill the boys
  • Exodus 2:  Birth of Moses
    • Levites are prominent in these stories, just sayin.'
    • v. 4 - sister is not named
    • v. 7 - sister takes mother (of Moses) to Pharoah's daughter
    • v. 9 - take Moses to the wet nurse's home (his mother) until he is grown
      • so Moses grew up knowing who he was
    • v. 15 - another well story!!  Significant bits are:
      • seven daughters!  well, then.  Moses was quite a player.
      • interfering shepherds
      • daughters return to home without Moses
      • go back and invite Moses to feast
      • marries Zipporah finally
    • v. 24 - God remembers his promise.  Really?
  • Exodus 3: Moses at the Burning Bush
    • And what would you do if God started talking to you?
    • v. 3 - Moses looks at the bush because he is curious, not because he identifies God
    • v. 4 - When Moses becomes curious, God calls to Moses.  I wonder what would have happened if Moses had not been curious?
    • v. 12 - What does this mean exactly?  "this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you:  when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain."  The sign is worship on the mountain?  I'd rather have a sign appear before hand, thank you.
    • Much of this chapter is summarizing the story that is coming.
  • Exodus 4:  Moses' Miraculous Power
    • Talks about three signs rather than plagues.
      • v. 2 - the miraculous staff / snake; seizes snake by the tail
      • v. 6 - leprous hand / healing; this never comes up again.  I wonder what is up with this story?
      • v. 9 - Nile to become blood
    • v. 16 - Moses shall serve as God for Aaron.  Hmm.
    • v. 22 - Israel is the "firstborn son."  Wait.  Don't all the firstborn sons get in trouble?  It is the younger sons that are favored.  Flag for inconsistent application of theme.
    • v. 23 - predicts Egyptian deaths of firstborn son
    • v. 24-26 - weird Zipporah / Moses / God / foreskin thing going on.  Who is being attacked?  Gershom or Moses?  Does Zipporah need to cement Gershom's relationship with Moses?  Speaks to the power and mystery of blood.
  • Exodus 5:  Bricks without Straw
    • v. 1 - Let my people go!
    • v. 14 - 21 - the supervisors of the Israelites are blamed and get beaten.  Who are these supervisors?  They say they Pharoah's people (v. 16)
    • Random thought - what did Pharoah and Pharisee sound like for the ancient people?  Could the multitude of references to Pharisees in the Christian writings being sideways glances at Pharoah?  Pharoah:  φαραώ  Pharisee:   φαρισαῖος
    • v. 22 - Moses totally has a good point.
  • Exodus 6:  Israel's Deliverance Assured
    • v. 4 - going to give them Canaan.  Isn't this Ishmael's promised land?
    • v. 12 and v. 28-29 are suspiciously the same.  Kind of like talking to grampa who keeps back tracking on his story.  With slightly different words/details.
  • Exodus 7:  Moses and Aaron Obey, First Plague
    • v. 1 - Moses is like God to Pharaoh.  Hmm.
    • v. 8 - Aaron gets the staff
      • Moses does the talking and Aaron gets the action.  Wait. What?  
  • Exodus 8:  Plagues 2-4
    • Why frogs?
    • Gnats?  I hate them.
      • Note that the magicians, in v. 19, say this is God.
    • Flies
      • The first setting aside of Goshen.  I am wondering if Gershom and Goshen are related linguistically?
      • First passover is here where Goshen is not inflicted.
  • Exodus 9:  Plagues 5-7
    • Livestock diseased
    • Again, another passover
    • Boils (ouch)
    • Thunder and Hail
      • Where did Aaron go?
      • Aaron is back in v. 27
    • v. 34 - who did the heart hardening here?  It is unclear.
  • Exodus 10:  Plagues 8 and 9
    • v. 1-2 - the reason that God is hardening the heart of Pharaoh - so that they may know that God is God.
    • Locusts
    • Darkness
      • No going to Pharaoh with this plague.  Just do it.
  • Exodus 11:  Warning of the Final Plague
    • Firstborn bias returns with this plague
  • Exodus 12:  Tenth Plague and Institution of Passover
    • So much here about the creation of Passover and the Jewish calendar.
    • v. 13 verses v. 23
      • the blood shall be a sign for you (the people) (v. 13)
      • God will pass over the homes that have the blood when God sees it (v. 23)
    • Random thought:  10 plagues, 10 laws upcoming
    • v. 36 - the Israelites plundered the Egyptians
      • sounds fairly militaristic
    • v. 48 - when an alien is circumcised, they become a native
  • Exodus 13:  The Festival of Unleavened Bread / Consecration of Firstborn / Pillars of Cloud and Fire
    • v. 12 - 14 - all firstborns set aside.  male firstborns.  Including children--they shall be redeemed.  What do we mean by redeem?  And firstborns are usually not the ones who do well in the Bible.
  • Exodus 14: Crossing the Red Sea
    • v. 14 - "you have only to keep still."  Well, not quite.
    • v. 15 - God is asking Moses why he is crying out.  We don't have a report that he did cry out.
    • v. 19 - ah ha!  an Israelite ARMY
    • v. 21 - it takes all night for the sea to be driven back, not five minutes like in movies
  • Exodus 15:  Song of Moses and Miriam
    • v. 20 - Miriam is Aaron's sister.  Aaron is Moses' brother.  Therefore, Miriam is Moses' sister?
    • v. 25-26 - God is making quite a few threats to keep the Israelites in line.  And then, "I am the LORD who heals you."  Hmm.
    • v. 27 - arrive at Elim where there were 12 springs and 70 palm trees.  This has to be symbolic.  What is really being said here?  Twelve, twelve tribes, etc.  Seventy, forgiveness, seven, perfection.
  • Exodus 16:  Bread from heaven
    • Everybody is complaining.  The people, Moses, God.
    • v. 34 - collect a jar of manna and "place it before the covenant."  And where would this be, exactly?  The altars haven't come into existence, technically, yet.
  • Exodus 17:  Water from Rock / Amelek
    • being without water is a serious situation
    • the whole situation with Amelek and Moses being in the mountain with Aaron and Hur holding up his arm with the staff sounds like a thousand Merlin movies.
    • v. 14 - write down and memorialize that we will blot out the memory of Amelek.  uh.  Irony much?
  • Exodus 18:  Jethro's Advice
    • Zipporah comes back with two sons - Gershom (alien in a foreign land) and Eliezer (God of my father was my help...).  It just seems that these are characteristics of Moses, not names for children.  Could it be a metaphor for Moses returning to the father/son relationship with God/Moses?
    • v. 17 - 18 - setting up this way has good implications for leading teams

One comment

  1. Sam373 said on November 13, 2011
    I'm following you and at time we stand side by side. We all need from time to time to be pulled, pushed or prodded, so progress toward the same or similar goal is achieved. My Kindred, we are close with such a long way yet to go. It is by grace easier to distinguish whom has been talking?

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