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30 Days to Understanding the Bible – Day 7

30 days to understanding the bible day 7

I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I got busy with my girls’ end-of-the-year Christmas party. I was exhausted by the time I got home yesterday, so I just took a break and decided to post two days’ worth of chapters on the same day.

In the last chapter, we learned about how God delivered the Israelites from Egypt. But they messed up. They didn’t take control of the land like God wanted them to, so they (including Moses) were kept out of the Promised Land – all except Caleb and Joshua, that is.

It was Joshua’s mission to lead the Israelites in the conquest of the land.

Here’s a look at the review of the previous chapters and the beginning of the storyline for this one.

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I never actually realized it before, but God did almost the same miracle for the Israelites in the Conquest Era as He had done in the Exodus Era. As He helped Moses by parting the Red Sea, He also parted the Jordan River at its flood stage for a distance of twenty miles so the Israelites could cross over and take Jericho. That’s an awesome thing … and it just shows how very much the same God always is. He never changes, and He keeps working miracles. We can trust in Him because of who He is.

Here’s a look at the self test for this chapter. Notice how it keeps getting longer and longer?

Next, we’re going to take a look at the period of the judges. There’s some pretty intense stuff in here. You’re not going to want to miss it, so be sure to look for Day 8.

Here are links to all the previous blog posts, just in case you’ve missed one along the way.

Day 1 – Structure

Day 2 – Geography

Day 3 – Historical Books

Day 4 – Creation

Day 5 – Patriarch

Day 6 – Exodus

Book Reviews, Family Fun & Fitness

30 Days to Understanding the Bible – Day 6

30 days to understanding the bible day 6Yesterday, we talked about the Patriarch Era, which was all about how the nation of Israel began. Today, we’re going to examine how God freed the Israelites from their Egyptian slavery, and how the Israelites were able to head toward the land that was promised to Abraham under the leadership of a man named Moses. Anders calls this the Exodus Era.

Anders makes a point of mentioning that the reality of the exodus wasn’t anything like its usual movie portrayals. It involved the mass movement of about 3 million people. Remember, the Hebrews had grown so great in number while they were living in Egypt that Pharaoh feared they could overthrow him and the overall Egyptian way of life. That is why the Israelites found themselves being forced into slavery. It’s also why Pharaoh was on a mission to kill all the Hebrew baby boys.  The people had to be subdued.

As is the case with the other chapters, we start with a brief review of what we’ve learned so far about the other historical Old Testament eras, and then we build on it.

Then Anders breaks the Exodus Era down into four major events:

  1. Deliverance
  2. The Law
  3. Kadesh Barnea
  4. 40 Years of Wandering

And then he gives some background information about each event, which is especially helpful if you’re new to the story. It’s also a good refresher for those who are familiar with the story.

Then these event descriptions are followed by, of course, another self test.

I didn’t learn a lot of new information in this chapter, just because I’m fairly familiar with the Exodus story and the story of what happens after that – Israel’s disobedience and everybody being kept out of the Promised Land because of it (except for Joshua and Caleb). But, like I said, this was an excellent review even if you are familiar with the story.

And I really appreciated Anders’s emphasis on the massive size of the actual group involved in the exodus. I’d read the numbers before, but they’d never really sunk in. I still had the picture of the movie version of the exodus running through my head (not nearly as impressive).

Three million people all moving at one time is a whole lot more than what is usually depicted when people try to visually recreate the exodus. Basically, we’re talking everyone living in the cities of Dallas and Houston all moving together at the same time. Kind of amazing, when you think about it!

Tomorrow, we’re going to look at what happened after the exodus … and after Moses died. Joshua took over as the new leader of the people … and he led them in the conquest of the Promised Land, Canaan.  It’s going to be awesome!