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January, 18 - Daily Devotions
January Scripture Portion: Genesis 1 - Leviticus 3 including the book of Exodus.
We now begin the story of Moses. There is no reason to doubt that he wrote the Book of Exodus. The unity of the book shows there was only one author; and the eyewitness accounts indicate that the author was present. Christ affirmed the Mosaic authorship of the book in John 5:46,47 and 7:19.
"Exodus" means "the way out" in the Greek language. This book describes Israel's bondage in Egypt and the wonderful way out God gave them.
The key Word in Exodus is "redemption," since "to redeem" means "to set free." The entire book is filled with pictures of our salvation through Christ.
While Genesis is the book of beginnings, Exodus is the book of redemption. In chapter 1 we see the persecution of God's people. We also see a new generation, a new king, and a new strategy! The king's plan to kill all the male babies would have met with great success if God had not intervened. God uses the weak things of this world to defeat the mighty! He used the midwives to confound the king, just as He later used a baby's cry to reach the heart of Pharaoh's daughter.
The story of Moses should be an encouragement to every believer. No matter how weak you are, no matter how small your talent, God can use you, if you are willing to commit your life to Him and allow Him to work through you. Truly the song writer was correct when he wrote, "Little is much when God is in it."