The Book of Exodus, Part 1

Chapters 1 to 18

The first part of Exodus recounts how Abraham’s family ends up enslaved in Egypt. God raises up a deliverer to confront the evil of Pharaoh and liberate the Israelites. From Egypt, they set out into the wilderness on the way to Mt. Sinai.[1]

•  Enjoy this 2014 “Book of Exodus — Part 1” BibleProject animated video (6 min.) narrated by Timothy Mackie and Jonathan Collins.

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God rescues the Israelites from slavery and confronts Pharaoh’s evil… “Let My People Go.”

How does God respond when his people cry out to him? The first part of the book of Exodus recounts a powerful confrontation between God and the injustice of Pharaoh. This section is a fast-paced narrative that leads to divine justice, rescue, and deliverance.

In response to their cries, God raises up Moses as his representative to deliver the Israelites; he confronts Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt through ten plagues, culminating in the Passover. God strikes down the firstborn sons in the land but provides a way of escape through the blood of lambs.

When the Egyptians pursue the fleeing Israelites, God parts the waters of the sea for the Israelites to cross and swallows Pharaoh’s army behind them. Shortly after, the Israelites begin grumbling, showing their own hardness of heart.[2]