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Moses and God's Name
Exodus 1:8-14 [15--2:10]; 3:1-15 Commentary
by Mark Throntveit
The book of Genesis had ended with the story of God’s tireless efforts to preserve Joseph’s life, and through Joseph the life of all Israel.
What a contrast with the first seven verses of Exodus! During the 400 years that these verses cover there is no explicit reference to the activity of God.
The background to Exodus 1:1-7 is found in Genesis 46:1-4, which sums up the story of God’s care for Israel in the past, and promises Israel need not fear going to Egypt because God will make them a great nation, be with them, and lead them out again. This is the story of the exodus in a nutshell.
The first words God spoke to the human couple comprised a five-fold blessing consisting of commands to:
Following the Flood, God’s initial response to humanity’s inability to deal with those commands, God blessed Noah, repeating the first three: “be fruitful ... multiply ... and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
When humanity again proved unequal to the task God spoke to Abraham, this time promising to make Abraham fruitful ...
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NL Podcast 374: Moses and God's Name
September 29, 2019
Podcast on Exodus 1:8-14 [1:15--2:10]; 3:1-15, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Sept. 29, 2019, (Moses and God's Name) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.