Tag Archives: Exodus

Pilgrims’ Progress: Repentance and reconciliation

Exodus 33 & 34 As a result of Moses’ impassioned intercession (Exodus 32:11-13), Yahweh does not destroy the Israelites; but that does not mean that what they have done can be brushed under the carpet. His presence is temporarily withdrawn … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Rebellion and idolatry

Exodus 32 Sadly, the Israelites have not grasped the concepts of monotheism and imageless worship (even their deliverance from Egypt they attribute to Moses, not Yahweh), and they find it hard (despite the evidence of the daily manna and the … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Worship

Exodus 25-29 Israel’s first formal act of worship and thanksgiving is to donate the materials for the construction of a sanctuary – the Tabernacle. It is truly amazing that the Creator of the universe should condescend to ‘live’ in a … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Obedience

Exodus 19 & 20 After two months of travelling, the Israelites finally reach their primary destination: Mount Sinai. They have come far to the south of the Promised Land, but this is no detour. Their salvation is complete and unconditional; … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Facing the enemy

Exodus 17:8-16 At Rephidim, Israel have their first encounter with an enemy since escaping from Egypt. The Amalekites, a nomadic tribe of Edomite descent who roam the Sinai peninsula, harass the Israelite caravan, attacking the stragglers (Deuteronomy 25:18). At the … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Food and drink

Exodus 16 & 17 After a month on the march, all the provisions the Israelites have brought with them are exhausted and hunger begins to bite. And in no time they are looking back with nostalgia at the ‘good old … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Testing

Exodus 15:22-27 Full of joy and praise after their miraculous deliverance at the Red Sea, the Israelites march on – straight into the desert. As they trudge through the hot thirsty wilderness, their enthusiasm steadily evaporates. Eventually they reach an … Continue reading

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