Exodus 1-2 Introduction

The main character in the Book of Exodus is Moses. Moses was a very insecure man, and he didn't think he could do what God wanted him to do. However, he still trusted and obeyed God. God had to push him a little, but Moses obeyed and did what God told him to do, which made him very special in God's eyes!

Forget everything you have seen in the movies and on TV about Moses and the Exodus because most of it probably is not true. The word Exodus means 'exit” or 'departure.”

The Book of Exodus begins by telling us the names of 'the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family” (1:1-5). Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites multiplied and became numerous in the land.

A new king came to power in Egypt who feared the Israelites because of their number. He told his people, ''The Israelites have become much too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country'” (1:9-10).

So the Egyptians made slaves of the Israelites and put cruel taskmasters over them. However, the more they oppressed the Israelites, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread in the land of Egypt.

So the king of Egypt told the Hebrew midwives, Puah and Shiphrah, that if a boy child was born they must kill him, but if a girl child was born they could let her live. However, the two midwives feared God and let all the children live. This angered the king, but the midwives told him that sometimes the babies would be born before the midwives could get to the mother. Then Pharaoh gave the order that every boy that was born must be thrown into the Nile.

In chapter 2 a Levite man married a Levite woman and she gave birth to a son, Moses. She hid him for three months. But when she could no longer hide him she got a papyrus basket and coated it with pitch and tar. Then she put Moses in the basket and placed him among the reeds on the bank of the Nile. She had Moses' sister watch the basket to see where it went.

When Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile River to bathe, she saw the basket among the reeds. She opened the basket and saw Moses. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him and decided to raise him. She even had Moses' sister get his mother to feed the baby! Moses grew up in the house of Pharaoh's daughter.

One day, after Moses had become a grown man, he watched the Egyptian taskmasters mistreating the Hebrew slaves. When he saw a taskmaster beating a slave, Moses killed the taskmaster and hid him in the sand. When Pharaoh heard what had happened he tried to kill Moses. So Moses fled into the desert, to the land of Midian.

As Moses was sitting by a well there, seven daughters of a priest of Midian came to water their father's flock. Some shepherds came and tried to drive them away, but Moses came to their rescue. Their father was so thankful to Moses for helping his daughters that he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses to be his wife. Zipporah later gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom.

Moses stayed in Midian for a long time, during which the king of Egypt died. God's people were still in slavery, and God heard the groaning of His people and remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Be sure to read the first two chapters of Exodus, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.


Exodus 1 to 2 Worksheet

Moses was a very insecure man, and he didn't think he could do what ___ wanted him to do.

However, he still trusted and ______ God, which made him very special in God's eyes!

The word Exodus means '____” or '_________.”

A new king came to power in Egypt who feared the Israelites because of their ______ (1:9).

He told his people, ''We must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more ________ and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, _____ against us and leave the country'” (1:10).

So the Egyptians made ______ of the Israelites and put cruel taskmasters over them (1:11).

However, the more the Israelites were _________, the more they multiplied and spread (1:12).

Pharaoh ordered the two Hebrew midwives to ____ every boy that was born (1:16).

However, the midwives feared ___ and let all the children live (1:17).

Then Pharaoh gave the order that every boy that was born must be thrown into the ____ (1:22).

When Moses' mother could no longer hide him she got a papyrus ______ (2:3).

She put Moses in the basket and placed him among the _____ on the bank of the Nile.

When Pharaoh's ________ saw Moses, she felt sorry for him and decided to raise him.

One day, after Moses had grown up, he saw an Egyptian _______ a Hebrew. He killed the Egyptian and hid him in the ____ (2:11-12).

_______ tried to kill Moses. So Moses fled into the desert, to the land of ______ (2:15).

Moses married ________. She gave birth to a son, and Moses named him _______ (2:21-22).

Moses stayed in ______ for a long time, during which the king of Egypt ____ (2:23).

God heard the ________ of His enslaved people and __________ His covenant (2:23-24).

Memory Verse: 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7).


Exodus 1 to 2
Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Exodus 1:11                             Exodus 2:23                             Exodus 2:11                 Exodus 1:5

Exodus 2:15                             Exodus 1:20                             Exodus 1:17                 Exodus 2:3

 

'When _______ heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from                 Exodus ______

Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”

 

'One day, after Moses had _____ up, he went out to where his own people              Exodus ______

were and watched them at their hard labor.”

 

'So God was ____ to the midwives and the people increased and became                        Exodus ______

even more numerous.”
 

'So they put _____ masters over them to oppress them with forced labor,               Exodus ______

and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharoah.”

 

'During that long ______, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned                        Exodus ______

in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery

went up to God.”
 

'The midwives, however, ______ God and did not do what the king of Egypt   Exodus ______

had told them to do; they let the boys live.”

 

'The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in             Exodus ______

_____.”
 

'But when she could hide him no longer, she got a _______ basket for him            Exodus ______

and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the _____ in it and put it

among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”