Introduction
Why Exodus?
a. Trace the Bible story – how to read, how to tell.
b. Development of a major Old Testament story of redemption.
c. Apply it to the Christian life.
d. See Christ is at the center of the redemption story.

1. The Story of Exodus Continues from Genesis (vv 1-7)

Vv 1-7 serve to link the events in Genesis and those in Exodus.
(i) “and” (ii) v 1 = Gen. 46:8.

Lesson: We belong to a rich stream of the story of God’s people.

2. Pharaoh Oppresses God’s People (vv 8-14)

But now “a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power” (v 8)
a. First plan: enslave the Israelites, tighten control over them.
b. Second plan: covert killing of Israelite male children at birth
c. Third plan: overt murder of male infants by drowning.

Lessons:
1. God favors those who fear Him, not those who are big and strong.
2. God’s plan is fulfilled even when man opposes Him.
3. God is present even though He seems to be absent.

——————————–questions for sermon discussion—————————–

  1. How does vv 1-7 show that it is a continuation of the book of Genesis? What is the significance that Exodus is a continuation of Genesis? In what way are you as a Christian a continuation of the story of God’s people?
  2. What are the evidences that God favors the midwives and not big and strong Pharaoh? Why did God favor the midwives and not Pharaoh? Make some applications about God favoring those who fear Him and not merely those who are big and strong.
  3. Trace in the text how God’s purpose to grow His people numerically is fulfilled. Why does God want to grow His people numerically? Is He still growing His people today? How is God’s purpose to grow His people reassuring you – especially when you see Christian population declining?
  4. Does God appear to be absent from Exod. 1? How? Why would you say that God is present even though He seems to be absent in Exod. 1? How can you be sure God is present with you when He seems to be absent?
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