Timothy is a Christian who enjoys creating visual art and writing. He has a B.S. in Psychology.
Exodus - From Egypt to the Promised Land
The book of Exodus picks up after the events in the Book of Genesis with God‘s people as slaves to the Egyptians. The book details the escape from Egypt to the creation of the nation of Israel. The book is full of God‘s communication with one man in particular, Moses.
Throughout the book of Exodus God imparts great wisdom to Moses who tries and tries to pass this wisdom on to the people. God through Moses, also sprinkles in a lot of life lessons which have been passed down throughout the generations. In this article I have included 10 of those lessons. There are many more. All you need to do is read the book of Exodus on your own to gain awareness on living in this world.
1. The quick decisions you make can have long lasting consequence.
Exodus 2:11-12, “One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.”
Moses took the law in his own hands and it cost him. His quick decision without seeking advice from God took him out of his office of power where he could have done much good and sent him running for his life. In life it is far easier to pray about and seek advice on tough decisions than it it is to act in haste then try to correct your mistakes later.
2. Running away from your problems doesn’t usually do away with those problems.
Exodus 2:15b, “ but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”
Moses tried to help his people but failed. He ran for his life but his people were left back in Egypt still enslaved. Had he kept his cool he might have been able to help his people more in his position of power than being exiled from Egypt. Still he could not and did not leave his past behind. Instead 40 years later God called him to revisit his past and free his people.
3. When God calls you to do something it is useless to argue with Him. Just do what He calls you for His service.
Exodus 3:11, “But Moses said to God, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
In these verses God calls Moses to go and free His people. Moses instead of saying,“Yes Lord“ goes through a series of arguments why he shouldn’t go. In the end it is useless to argue with God. No matter what argument you put out there to not go and serve Him, He will give you reason after reason how and why you should. So when God calls you to service...go.
4. Don’t ever be fearful of asking another person to help you when you need help.
Exodus 4: 14-16, “Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.”
Moses didn’t see himself as a qualified orator. He questioned God about sending someone else even though it angers God. In the end God relented and sent Moses’ brother Aaron to speak for him. The key for you is to know when you can do something yourself and whether it is time to get or seek help.
5. Don’t get to caught up in what you see until you see what happens in the end.
Exodus 5: 22-23, “Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
Moses got caught up in wanting his people free, “now” he failed to think about God having a plan and he might have to wait to see the end result of the plan. Christians are not immune to getting caught up in the, “I want the result now,” mentality. Instead take the time to see what God has in store for you.
6. Don‘t burden people by putting unnecessary demands on them.
Exodus 5:10b -11, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.”
In life you always want what you want when you want it, whatever the it is, money, services etc, In your bid to get what you want sometimes you put burdens on other people which are unnecessary. Instead as the saying states, ”Go with the flow,” and try to be more patient. In the end everyone will be happier.
7. Some people will complain no matter the circumstance.
Exodus 16:2 - 3, 2 “Then the whole community of Israelite's began complaining again. They complained to Moses and Aaron in the desert. They said, “It would have been better if the Lord had just killed us in the land of Egypt. At least there we had plenty to eat.”
This begins the section.of scripture where the people start to complain about life on the run in the desert. There are a lot of people around today who are the same way. No matter what is going on they want to complain to God. However it is far better to thank God for what He has given you. Gratefulness pleads to a much richer life then always going around complaining.
8. Don‘t be so quick to listen to people who claim to know it all before you seek the one who does...God. In Exodus 32 Moses is up the mountain when the people start to grumble. His answer was not to seek God but in verse 4 “He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt'"
Bad move on Aaron’s part. He took God out of the equation. He changed the circumstances and source of their freedom. Never take God out of the equation. Always seek Him first because He will give the best advice.
9. Don't write yourself off as not being able to do anything because God gives everyone an ability. In Exodus God gives Moses the instructions for building the tabernacle. In Chapter 36, Vs 2 Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:
The last part of this verse is the important part to all who have given their hearts to God. It says God puts wisdom in your hearts to work for His service. So maybe you feel you can't do something in your own power but you can do anything when you let God's wisdom guide you.
10. Always make sure your word is your word. In other words when you say your going to do something do it.
Exodus 34:12 says, "Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst."
In short, as a Christian, when you give your word you're going to do something it is not just your reputation which is on the line. It is God's reputation through you. In Matthew 5:37 Jesus states it this way, "Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil."
Final Thoughts On Exodus
There you have it 10 of the many life lessons which can be learned from the Book of Exodus There are others. All you need to do is pick up a Bible and look deeply into God's word. The truth is waiting there for you find.
© 2021 Timothy Whitt