Last week we looked at the big picture of Exodus. This week, we dive into chapters 1 and 2.
Chapters 1 and 2 are a remarkable story.
It is a story that delights, showing how the weak and powerless defy the wicked.
It is a story that horrifies, showing terrible suffering and portraying unspeakable evil.
It is a story that encourages, showing the sure and providential care of God, even when we can’t see it.
And it is a story that puzzles, as we wrestle with how could these things happen to the people of God, the people of promise, the people in whom God delights?
But above all, it is a story of war: how the seed of the serpent seeks to destroy the seed of the woman and her daughter’s fight back.
Chapters 1 and 2 are set in days of darkness, and they show us things we must see in order to endure that darkness.
Here is the outline:
1. The Strategy of the Snake: In days of darkness, you need to see how the serpent strikes.
– Satan’s Man: Ignorant, Entitled, Insecure, and Conflicted
– Satan’s Method: Steal, Kill, and Destroy
2. The Conspiracy of Compassion: In days of darkness, you need to see how the daughters strike back.
– The 5 Rebel Women
3. The Hidden Hand: In days of darkness, you need to see how God is at work:
– God is at work through time, in trouble, and undermining tyranny.