I think of Bob Marley when I write the word ‘Exodus’. I also remember traveling through Greece and seeing signs with ‘Exodos’ on the highway. We talk of a mass ‘exodus’ at speeches or movie theatres where the content offended the listeners, or from a college that has ceased to attract students. We hear and see the word exodus a lot. But for many of us it brings us back to Egypt, to the Prince of Egypt, who was led by God to lead a people out of slavery and into a land of promise. Exodus, the biblical, book seems overly familiar to some of us. We think that there is nothing more to learn from the life of Moses. However, as I have just finished reading through the book of Genesis, I found a lot of fresh insights into the lives of Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. More importantly, I obtained a better picture of who God is.
I hope that you will join me here as I reflect on Exodus. My reflections on Genesis are on Xanga at http://theplymothian.xanga.com However, my friend Allison said that I really should try WordPress.
The way I structure my reflections is 1) A brief reflection of one paragraph on the reading 2) The passage itself that I am reflecting on 3) A series of five questions relating to the passage. After that there are usually 15 questions for those who want to go deeper. These questions are seperated into observation, interpretation, and application sections. The observation questions can be answered by looking back through the passage for exact answers. They require basic literacy. The interpretation questions are questions that I may not even know the answer to. They are deeper questions that require cultural and sometimes grammatical literacy. The application questions cause us to reflect on how we might live in light of these verses. The goal should not be to complete all the questions that I post. The goal should be to use the questions to stimulate thought about the passage.
My personal daily discipline of reading is to read from the NIV Application Commentary series. These are published by Zondervan and can be purchased on-line or at bookstores like Lifeway. If you read a copy of the commentary you will be more likely to be able to answer the interpretation questions.