Fall Quarter 2020

 

Preparation of a Nation

 

Provisions

September 6    God Provides Manna and Quail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Exodus 16:2-15

September 13   God Provides Water from a Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Exodus 17:1-7

September 20   God Gives Victory Over the Amalekites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 17:8-16

September 27   God Provides Judges to Help Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 18:13-26

 

Instructions

October 4   God’s First Instructions to Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 19:1-9

October 11   God Gives the Ten Commandments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Exodus 20:1-17

October 18   God Confirms the Covenant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 24:1-11

October 25   God Meets Moses Alone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 24:12-18

 

Correction

November 1   The People Sin Against God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 32:1-14

November 8   God Confronts Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Exodus 32:15-24

November 15   God Judges the Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 32:25-35

November 22   Moses’ Audacious Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 33:12-23

November 29   Moses Reflects God’s Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exodus 34:27-35

The book of Exodus recounts many miraculous works and dramatic events. Essentially, however, the story is about God, His chosen people, and His chosen leader for His people. It is also a story that in many ways mirrors our own. As He did for Israel, God provides for us, instructs us in His ways, and corrects us when we stray from the path of righteousness.

God’s provision for Israel is the theme of the first four lessons of the quarter. The Israelites had been freed from Egyptian slavery, but when difficulty came, they did not recall God’s goodness to them in the past and complained about what they lacked. Despite their attitude, God graciously and continually provided food that would sustain them.

The Lord also miraculously provided water for his thirsting people and victory over a superior enemy. And through the man Jethro, He gave Moses wise advice in governing the people.

The second unit of lessons focuses on God’s instructions for His people. If they were to fulfill God’s plan for them and enjoy His blessings, they would need to know and obey His commands. The people of Israel expressed their commitment to obey all of God’s words, and the Lord set forth for them His law, which is summarized in the Ten Commandments.

God’s commands were presented to the people, and they entered into a formal covenant with the Lord to obey Him and be His people. As Israel’s representative, Moses met with the Lord on Mount Sinai to receive further instructions, including the Ten Commandments engraved in stone.

Unit 3 details the grievous sin of the people in turning to idolatry in Moses’ absence, reminding us of how easy it is to allow present circumstances to crowd out God’s promises. Moses returned to confront the sin of the people and carry out God’s judgment, but he also interceded with the Lord on behalf of his people. He reflected God’s glory physically as well as His mercy and grace in selflessly seeking pardon for Israel and the renewal of God’s covenant with them.

The book of Exodus is not merely history. It is a spiritual history that through Israel and God’s dealings with them teaches us much about ourselves, God, and our responsibility to love, honor, and faithfully serve Him.