Notes on Exodus 1-3

Although Joseph had a great relationship with Pharaoh, both were now dead. The new Pharaoh had no positive relationship with the children of Israel and his Hitleresque fear of Hebrew population growth and power (Exodus 1:9) led to the first great genocide of the Israelites (Exodus 1:16).

We once again see the battle between the Hamitic (Egyptian) and Semitic (Jewish) people. Notice that the Hamites were supposed to be servants, but they violated the terms of their curse by enslaving the Hebrews. This makes God’s retaliation on them even more justifiable.

Notice the second ark (Exodus 2:3) that Moses floated down the river in. The first ark contained the eight people who would replenish the Earth after the great flood. This second ark contained the man who would free the Israelites from the grasp of a genocidal dictator. The third ark would contain God’s written law and will serve as God’s throne in the end times.

All three of these arks are missing today, though the ark of the covenant (the third one) will resurface soon. The space between the cherubim is where the Antichrist will declare himself Messiah and the second half of the tribulation will begin. This is known as the “abomination of desolation” (Daniel 9:27; Matt. 24:15).

When Moses killed an Egyptian, he fled to the land of Moab (named for one of Lot’s sons born of incest) where he married the daughter of a Midianite priest. Moses, from the priestly line of Levi, was called to be a religious leader.

Moses was confronted by God in the burning bush which was located on “holy ground.” This is a great picture of how God can take something which is cursed (the ground in Gen. 3:17) and make it holy (Ex. 3:5). If the Almighty God can remove a curse from the ground and make it holy, then He can most certainly do the same for a person who accepts Christ into their heart.

The King James Version makes an interesting statement with their capitalization of the phrase “I AM THAT I AM” in Ex. 3:14 (many other versions do as well, but the MEV does not). In the same verse, capitalized again is “I AM.” When you combine these with the capitalized word in Exodus 3:15, 6:3 and the final words that are all caps in Revelation 19:16, we get “I AM THAT I AM, I AM LORD JEHOVAH, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

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