This passage deals with the idea of leadership over God’s people. It teaches that human leadership over God’s people must be shared leadership exercised by men who are both capable and godly.
Read Exodus 18:13-27
This story in which Jethro, who is Moses’s father-in-law and a priest of Midian, hears about God’s mighty acts and praises him, is part of a theme in the bible that shows God’s plan is not only for Israel to know him, but also the nations. This theme is fulfilled in Christ and through him in the New Testament church.
Read Exodus 18:1-12
In this passage Israel is attacked by the Amalekites and fights against them. She wins by God’s power. We are at a different point in the history of salvation, but the battles that we fight against our spiritual enemies have the same significance and they are won only through Christ who has won the victory on the cross.
Read Exodus 17:8-16
In this passage the people of Israel accuse Moses of a capital crime by endangering their lives in the wilderness. By doing this they are putting God to the test. In his grace God “stands before” Moses and instructs him to strike the Rock upon which He is standing with the rod of God’s judgment. God symbolically receives the punishment that Israel deserves and in that way provides the water of life.
Read Exodus 17:1-7
This passage provides a summary of the gospel message. In the grumbling and disobedience of the people we see our own sin. In God’s grace to them in providing manna we see God’s grace to us in providing Jesus as the Bread of Life. The response of trusting obedience that God required from his people, helps us understand what God requires of us.
Read Exodus 16:1-36
In this passage, the Lord leads his people into a situation of difficulty, thus testing them. The people fail the test by grumbling. In his grace God delivers them by making bitter water sweet. He calls them to obedience and promises to be their healer.
Read Exodus 15:22-27
In this passage, Moses and the Israelites sing praise to God for saving them from Pharaoh and his army. The content of their song gives us insight into the kinds of themes that should be included in our songs of praise.
Read Exodus 15:1-21
The Lord intentionally led Israel to a place where they would be trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army to teach them to trust in Him even in situations that seem to be hopeless. He leads his people today in a similar way.
Read Exodus 14:1-31
This passage shows that God guides his people and that he often leads them in ways that they do not expect. There is comfort in the fact that he know what is best for us and that he promises to be with us.
Read Exodus 13:17-22