Theology week 4

Theology week 4 - famous burning bush God tells Moses to...

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At the end of Genesis, a great famine strikes Egypt just as Joseph said it would. There would be seven years of nourishment and then seven years of famine. Due to the pharaoh’s trust in Joseph, Egypt saved food up the first seven years and all the nations came to Egypt to buy food during the great famine. At the beginning of Exodus, the Hebrews do not return to the Promised Land and they stand in Egypt. However, the new Pharaoh does not trust Joseph and becomes worried that too many Israelites were coming to Egypt so he forces the Hebrew population to do manual labor and orders that all babies of the Hebrews to be killed. Around that time a couple has a baby, named Moses, who was put in a basket and sent down the Nile to avoid being killed. Moses flees Egypt because the Pharaoh wants to kill him. He goes to Midan where he sees God in the
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Unformatted text preview: famous burning bush. God tells Moses to tell the Pharaoh to release the Israelites and gives him the power to perform three miracles. The Pharaoh tries to kill Moses when he returns but Zipporah circumcises Moses’ son and saves Moses’ life. Toward the end of Genesis 4-5 Moses’ life is saved by Zipporah who, at the inn, cuts off the foreskin of Moses’ son and fulfils the covenant to God that Abraham set forth. This passage actually has a huge significance to the Bible because Moses may have and probably would have incurred the wrath of God had his son not been circumcised. We, the readers, also find out that God is serious in his covenant to Abraham (not that he would not be serious), but this is an explicit reference to the covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis....
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