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Moses and God's Name
Exodus 1:8-14 [15--2:10]; 3:1-15 Commentary
by Patricia Tull
A lot has happened since we left Jacob in Genesis 32 last week.
This year’s narrative lectionary skips the story explaining how Jacob’s family landed in Egypt: how jealous brothers sold Jacob’s favorite son into slavery, how Joseph rose to power alongside the pharaoh, and how a drought drove the family to seek help, and finally refuge, in a foreign land.
Exodus begins several generations later, when trouble is brewing for Jacob’s multiplying descendants. A new pharaoh comes to power who fears the foreigners. He proposes to “deal shrewdly,” making slaves of all these once-honored guests, forcing them to build grain storage cities for his profit. He does not seem to realize that his cruelty will ensure the thing he most fears. He will be defeated -- not just by the Israelites, but by their God.
While Exodus 1:8-14 summarizes the Israelites’ deteriorating conditions in Egypt, and chapter 3 relates God’s call to Moses to save them, the real drama occurs in the surrounding episodes, played out in vivid scenes ...
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NL190: Moses and God's Name
October 04, 2015
This podcast discusses Exodus 1:8-14 [15--2:10]; 3:1-15, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Oct. 4, 2015.