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Paul starts with ferocious rebuke of the grossest of sins [I Corinthians 5:1]; Mourning the prideful boasting of such sin [I Corinthians 5:2]; Paul reminds that he is among the church in spirit, and can rebuke such sin remotely [I Corinthians 5:3-4]; Paul denounces these sins in the strongest and most potent language possible [I Corinthians 5:5]; Paul reminds the church that such sin can destroy the entire church [ I Corinthians 5:6-8]; He reminds the church not to keep company with the worst sinners among them [I Corinthians 5:9-11]; Paul's main point is that the church must not tolerate the presence of evil in its midst [I Corinthians 5:12].

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There may be no more impassioned or beautiful prayer for forgiveness and renewal in the Bible than here. The poet's wrongdoing has overwhelmed him. His remorse and his plea are intense. David accepts personal responsibility for what he's done, Psa 51:1-9. Four different words for sin: transgressions (Psalms 51:1,3); iniquity (Psa 51:2,5,9); evil (Psa 51:4); sin (Psa 51:2-5,9). David's multiple petitions for forgiveness (Psa 51:1,2,7,9,14). David's prayer for renewal, Psa 51:10-13. David's vow to offer spiritual sacrifices, Psa 51:14-17. David's intercession for Jerusalem, Psa 51:17-18.

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A vast proportion of the whole Corinthian population participated in such sins as are catalogued here in I Corinthians 6:9-10; Paul calls attention to the conditions from which they had been rescued by Christ [I Corinthians 6:11]; The purpose of the body is not the gratification of its appetites, but it is for the Lord, a reference to the indwelling of the Spirit [I Corinthians 6:13]; We will be raised through the power of God, [I Corinthians 6:14]; Protesting the incongruity of debasing such members of Christ in immorality [I Corinthians 6:15]; The true Christian, having been joined to the Lord through his conversion from sin, is one in spirit with the Lord [I Corinthians 6:17]; Flee fornication [I Corinthians 6:18]; Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God [I Corinthians 6:19]; Glorify God in your body [I Corinthians 6:20].

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[Judges 13-16] This narrative of Samson is an unmitigated tragedy. No potential saviour-figure offered MORE promise than Samson, or delivered LESS. Israel had sunk to a new low; and these two final incidents fully expose Israel's plight. It is difficult indeed to imagine a more shameful situation for God's Chosen People than that in which their Judge and accepted leader was blinded and made to do the work of a mule, grinding wheat in the mill of the Philistines, and suffering the humiliation of being compelled to entertain his captors at the very festival where they were celebrating Samson's defeat. Sin will BLIND you: [II Peter 1:9]. Sin will BIND you: [Acts 8:23]. Sin will GRIND you: like a slave [Romans 6:16]. With the story of Samson, the era of the Judgeship in Israel was concluded. Samuel indeed judged Israel for awhile, but it was he who anointed Saul as Israel's first king, bringing in the institution of the monarchy. It is not hard to understand why many in Israel began to clamor for a king. [Cf: I Peter 1:3-10 & Romans 1:18 f]

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Paul and Apollos are to Jesus as doctors serving under a principal physician [I Corinthians 4:1]; Trustworthiness was the outstanding characteristic of a good steward, and it was that which Paul brought into view here [I Corinthians 4.2]; The Lord, the righteous judge of all people [I Corinthians 4:3]; The only judgment that matters will be from by the Lord at the final judgment, and people do not have sufficient competence to judge one another, or themselves [I Corinthians 4:4-5]. Paul refutes any notion of approval of factions, instead rebuking factious leaders in Corinth [I Corinthians 4:6]. God gives to every man life, talent, ability, opportunity, health, personality, strength, everything that he is or has [I Corinthians 4:7]; Paul strongly disapproves of the pompous and overblown leaders of both the church and city of Corinth [I Corinthians 4:8]; Paul draws the pictures of himself and fellow apostles as "the last and most worthless band" brought fourth to die in the great arena, where all view the spectacle, [I Corinthians 4:9]; Paul rebukes the disgusting development and moral ugliness of the behavior of his child, the Church in Corinth [I Corinthians 4:10-13]; Paul isn't trying to be rough or harsh, but corrective as a father would be to his children [I Corinthians 4:14].

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Paul begins to change metaphors in the last two words of I Corinthians 3:9: God's building. Paul lays the foundation of Christ, others continue the building [I Corinthians 3:10]. No other foundation but Christ [I Corinthians 3:11]. Paul explains in metaphor how the Church must be made. The first three materials are True Christians, the latter of worldly-minded hypocrites [I Corinthians 3:12]. The Church surviving the day of judgment [I Corinthians 3:13]. Persons led to Christ through the efforts of any Christian may defect from the faith, proving themselves wood, hay or stubble [I Corinthians 3:14-15]. The true temple of God, therefore, has never been anything else except the church of Jesus Christ our Lord [I Corinthians 3:16]. "It is clear what is meant by the judgment of God: it may refer to suffering loss, but also to eternal life." [I Corinthians 3:18] Admonitions of previous behavior; correction in where wisdom comes from [I Corinthians 3:19]. "Human thought is fruitless in the sense of not producing anything of spiritual value that redeems man from sin..." [I Corinthians 3:20] Paul condemned the sin of their calling themselves after the names of men [ I Corinthians 3:21]. Here the Christian is viewed as the possessor of everything in Christ [I Corinthians 3:22]. Affirmation of the Corinthian church as being of Christ, in Christ [I Corinthians 3:23].

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[Lev. 18:25, Deut.12:2-3, 12:30-31] One of Moses's last acts was to commission Joshua as his successor, Joshua's to conduct a Holy War and drive the wicked Canaanite people from land [Josh. 1:1-9, 3:14-17, 5:1]. In the "we" section, the author claims eyewitness. Jericho's Defenses reflect the Middle Bronze Age (1,750BC - 1,500BC), but there is evidence that some cities like Jericho that had not been destroyed since the Middle Bronze Age continued to use their old defense walls into the Late Bronze Age. Jericho was built on a tell or hill, and the present-day archaeological site known as City IV was only a few acres and less than 2,000 people lived there. [Joshua 6:2] - The word indicates the wall fell beneath itself. Archaeologist John Garstang dug the site during the 1930's and found a collapsed double city wall of mud bricks built upon retaining walls of stone. Garstang dated the destruction of City IV to 1,400BC. Recently in the 1980's a new dig shows that this retaining wall is setting on bed rock. From 1952 to 1958 Kathleen Kenyon excavated Jericho. Her conclusions were based solely on the absence of Cypriot bi-chromeware pottery. It is fundamental science that the absence of evidence is NOT evidence. Bi-chromeware is a key marker for the transition to the beginning of the Late Bronze Age from the previous Middle Bronze Age. Brant Wood, an expert in Canaanite pottery traveled the world over examining both Garstang and Kenton's pottery finds in Museums. Kenyon did not look at the pottery that Garstang had found in City IV, which included the very Cypriot Bi-chromeware that she could not find, which was the basis of her conclusion that the Bible was fiction. Furthermore she ignored all the pottery she did find which was all Canaanite, and every piece dated to about 1,400BC - at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age (1,450-1,400BC). Woods also examined Egyptian Scarabs impression seal..

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[Lev. 18:25, Deut.12:2-3, 12:30-31] One of Moses's last acts was to commission Joshua as his successor, Joshua's to conduct a Holy War and drive the wicked Canaanite people from land [Josh. 1:1-9, 3:14-17, 5:1]. In the "we" section, the author claims eyewitness. Jericho's Defenses reflect the Middle Bronze Age (1,750BC - 1,500BC), but there is evidence that some cities like Jericho that had not been destroyed since the Middle Bronze Age continued to use their old defense walls into the Late Bronze Age. Jericho was built on a tell or hill, and the present-day archaeological site known as City IV was only a few acres and less than 2,000 people lived there. [Joshua 6:2] - The word indicates the wall fell beneath itself. Archaeologist John Garstang dug the site during the 1930's and found a collapsed double city wall of mud bricks built upon retaining walls of stone. Garstang dated the destruction of City IV to 1,400BC. Recently in the 1980's a new dig shows that this retaining wall is setting on bed rock. From 1952 to 1958 Kathleen Kenyon excavated Jericho. Her conclusions were based solely on the absence of Cypriot bi-chromeware pottery. It is fundamental science that the absence of evidence is NOT evidence. Bi-chromeware is a key marker for the transition to the beginning of the Late Bronze Age from the previous Middle Bronze Age. Brant Wood, an expert in Canaanite pottery traveled the world over examining both Garstang and Kenton's pottery finds in Museums. Kenyon did not look at the pottery that Garstang had found in City IV, which included the very Cypriot Bi-chromeware that she could not find, which was the basis of her conclusion that the Bible was fiction. Furthermore she ignored all the pottery she did find which was all Canaanite, and every piece dated to about 1,400BC - at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age (1,450-1,400BC). Woods also examined Egyptian Scarabs impression seal..

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We speak wisdom, however, among them that are full-grown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor among the rulers of this world, who are coming to naught. All Christians begin as "babes in Christ" [I Corinthians 3:1]; but through prayerful study and growth they may attain unto the "stature of the fullness of Christ" [Ephesians 4:13]. To all who are thus full-grown is revealed a measure of the knowledge of God's wisdom. Paul's blunt reference to this truth states that it forcefully applies even to "the rulers of this world." Not even they ever attained to any wisdom whatever in any manner comparable to the wisdom of God, the proof of it being that they themselves "are coming to naught." And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ [I Corinthians 3:1]. The SPIRITUAL were those who, after conversion, had continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, no longer continuing as "babes in Christ." The CARNAL were those who were continuing to live like the unconverted, full of envy, jealousy and strife.

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"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." [I Corinthians 1:18]; God will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent [I Corinthians 1:19]; The Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom [I Corinthians 1:22]; Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men [I Corinthians 1:24-25]. God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and what is weak in the world to shame the strong [I Corinthians 1:27]; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are [I Corinthians 1:28], so that no human being might boast in the presence of God [I Corinthians 1:29].

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Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel... Although men came to believe a star would & did herald the birth of the Messiah... Christ himself and not the star that was seen at his birth is the primary fulfillment of the prophecy. Revelation 22:16 - "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star." Can anyone imagine two things more unlike than a root and a star? This proves that the Holy Spirit gave these words, for no man would ever have dared to describe the Lord in one breath as a root and a star. Yet, both terms are frequently applied to Christ in Scripture. The metaphor of the root appears in Revelation 5:8; Romans 15:12; Isaiah 11:1-2; & here... That of the star is in Numbers 24:17; Matt. 2:2; II Peter 1:19 & here. Let us Look at the contrast in these metaphors.

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Firstly Paul had heard of the contentions among the Corinthians by them which were of the house of Chloe. The apostle reproves their dissensions, and vindicates himself from being any cause of them [1 Corinthians 1:10-17]. States the simple means which God uses to convert sinners and confound the wisdom of the wise, etc. [1 Corinthians 1:18-21]. Why the Jews and Greeks did not believe [1 Corinthians 1:22]. The matter of the apostle's preaching, and the reasons why that preaching was effectual to the salvation of men [1 Corinthians 1:23-29]. All should glory in God, because all blessings are dispensed by Him through Christ Jesus [1 Corinthians 1:30-31].

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During his second missionary journey, the Apostle Paul had come to Europe for the first time (around 51 - 54 AD). He also came to Corinth via Philippi, Thessalonica and Athens [Acts 18]. There he remained for 18 months for the Lord "had much people in this city" [Acts 18:10]. Paul began his ministry of preaching the gospel in the synagogues of the Jews. Quite a few came to believe in the Lord Jesus. But when other Jews refused the message, Paul withdrew from them and spoke to Greeks also. This is how a large assembly of Jews and Greeks came into existence in this city as a result of the apostle's activity [I Corinthians 4:15; Acts 18:4]. Corinth was a large seaport and commercial city on the Isthmus of Northern Greece and the Peloponnese with two well-known seaports (Cenchrea and Lech-ion). Its central location made Corinth a centre of trade, culture and philosophy, but also of entertainment, immorality and idolatry. The immorality of the Corinthians was proverbial.

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The O.T. sanctuary mentioned here is doubtless the tabernacle constructed and erected in the wilderness by Moses upon instructions of God; and the fact that the more ancient tabernacle, rather than Solomon's or the Herodian temple, is viewed here should not be thought as an indication that the temple was not then standing, or that the recipients of this epistle were not Jewish. It is precisely in line with the author's thesis that he should go back to the original tabernacle, erected according to the pattern God gave Moses, rather than appeal to the temple then standing, which, after all, had been copied from the tabernacle in all its essential details. The word "ordinances" in this place means "regulations." Beginning here is a detailed and extensive contrast between that worldly sanctuary, whether the tabernacle or the temple, which was the center of the Jewish religious institution, with the heavenly counterpart of it which is the grand theater of the redemptive ministry of Jesus. "Divine service" is an implication that God is recognized as the author of all those things in the "sanctuary of this world" and the blood of Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice which was shown as a shadow in the O.T. Worship.

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God's division of the 10 Commandments was marked as "Duties to God," and "Duties to Man" (Mark 12:28-31). This in Hebrews 8 is from Jeremiah 31:31ff and is quoted by the author. God long ago had prophesied in this very place that it would be done away with & replaced with a new covenant. To be sure, the author could have quoted some very convincing and powerful words of Christ and his apostles as sufficient authority for hailing the old covenant as obsolete and abolished; but it should be kept in mind that he was addressing a group of people who had a strong emotional tie with the Old Testament, and was therefore better procedure on his part to prove his proposition from Old Testament. For proper identification of the "covenant" Jeremiah had in mind, the one to be abrogated, Hebrews 8:1-7. Gives Two basic reasons why the old covenant was abolished & nailed to the Cross. Galatians 3:1ff teaches that "... the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect."

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God's division of the Decalogue (the 10 Commandments) was two tables of stone, a division honored by Christ himself who marked the divisions as "Duties to God," and "Duties to Man" (Mark 12:28-31). This in Hebrews 8 is from Jeremiah 31:31ff and is quoted by the author as scriptural proof that the abrogation of the old covenant is nothing which should shock his readers, since God long ago had prophesied in this very place that it would be done away with & replaced with a new covenant. To be sure, the author could have quoted some very convincing and powerful words of Christ and his apostles as sufficient authority for hailing the old covenant as obsolete and abolished; but it should be kept in mind that he was addressing a group of people who had a strong emotional tie with the Old Testament, and it was therefore better procedure on his part to prove his proposition from the Old Testament. For proper identification of the "covenant" Jeremiah had in mind, the one to be abrogated, Hebrews 8:1-7. Gives Two basic reasons why the old covenant was abolished & nailed to the Cross.

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Abib considered commencement of Israel's year [Exodus 12:1-2]. Passover instituted; lamb or kid used taken from flock 10th day of month, each family provide one [Exodus 12:3-4]. Lamb or kid be male of 1st year without blemish [Exodus 12:5]. Killed on 14th day [Exodus 12:6], blood on side posts & lintels of doors [Exodus 12:7]. Flesh roasted, not eaten sodden or raw [Exodus 12:8-9]; no part left till morning [Exodus 12:10]. Eat with loins girded, etc., prepared for journey [Exodus 12:11]. Why called Passover [Exodus 12:12]. Blood on door posts, token of preservation from destroying angel [Exodus 12:13]. 14th day of month Abib be a feast forever [Exodus 12:14]. Unleavened bread eaten 7 days [Exodus 12:15]. Observed forever [Exodus 12:17-20]. Moses instructs elders how to offer lamb, sprinkle blood, for what purpose [Exodus 12:21-23]. Binds them instruct children in rite [Exodus 12:24-27]. Children of Israel act as commanded [Exodus 12:28]. First-born of Egypt slain [Exodus 12:29-30]. Pharaoh & Egyptians urge Moses, Aaron, & Israelites to depart [Exodus 12:31-33]. Prepare for departure, get gold, silver, & raiment from Egyptians [Exodus 12:34-36]. Journey from Rameses to Succoth, 600,000 men, besides women, children, & mixed multitude [Exodus 12:37-38]. Bake unleavened cakes of dough they brought out of Egypt [Exodus 12:39]. Time sojourned in Egypt [Exodus 12:40-42]. Ordinances concerning Passover [Exodus 12:43-49]; observed by people, brought out of Egypt [Exodus 12:50-51].

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This is a transitional chapter. To this point, Moses has been dealing with Pharaoh, but, with God's judgmental punishment of Egypt about to be completed, Moses' concern (beginning with Exodus 12) will focus upon Israel. The section of Exodus ending with this chapter may be called JUDGMENT; the rest of the book may be called DELIVERANCE. Even the Tenth Plague prophesied here will not require the instrumentality of Aaron or Moses. Without human instrument, God will slay the first-born, and Moses will be busy with instructions concerning what Israel is to do as their deliverance approaches. Exodus 11:1-3 is parenthetical, resulting in confusion unless this is understood. This parenthesis is at once followed by the conclusion of the interview in progress at the conclusion of Exodus 10.

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"Let my people go ..." [cf: Exodus 3:12; 4:23; 7:16; 8:1; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13; & 10:7]. Plague 1: Waters of Nile turned to blood - Egyptians worshipped Anuket, goddess of the Nile. This name means giver of life, lady life... also Hapi... an Egyptian God of the Nile, he was a water bearer. [cf: Exodus 7:20-21 ff]. Plague 2: Plague of Frogs - Egyptians worshiped Heqet (Heket), goddess of fertility, depicted as naked woman with frogs head. [cf: Exodus 8:1-7ff]. Plague 3: Lice - Egyptians worshiped Geb, their god over dust of earth. [cf: Exodus 8:16-19 ff]. Plague 4: Swarms of Flies - Khepri, Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth - Khepri had the head of a fly. [cf: Exodus 8:20 ff]. Plague 5: Death of Cattle and Livestock - a Grievous pestilence - Egyptians worshiped Hathor, Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection. Usually this Goddess was depicted with the head of a cow. They also worshiped the Apis - the divine bull, a manifestation of the god Ptah. The Apis is the calf of a cow which is never afterwards able to have another. The Egyptian belief is that a flash of light descends upon the cow from heaven, and this causes her to conceive Apis. [cf: Exodus 9:1-7 ff]. Plague 6: Plague of Boils - Egyptians worshiped Isis, goddess of medicine & peace. Ashes thrown in the air turned to boils and sores with pus. [cf: Exodus 9:8-12 ff]. Plague 7: Hail [Exodus 9:23], against Shu, god of atmosphere. Plague 8: Locusts [Exodus 10:14], against Serapis, protector from locusts. Plague 9: Darkness [Exodus 10:22], against Ra, sun god. Plague 10: Death of first-born [Exodus 11:5], against Plah, god of life.

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"Let my people go ..." [cf: Exodus 3:12; 4:23; 7:16; 8:1; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13; & 10:7]. Plague 1: Waters of Nile turned to blood - Egyptians worshipped Anuket, goddess of the Nile. This name means giver of life, lady life... also Hapi... an Egyptian God of the Nile, he was a water bearer. [cf: Exodus 7:20-21 ff]. Plague 2: Plague of Frogs - Egyptians worshiped Heqet (Heket), goddess of fertility, depicted as naked woman with frogs head. [cf: Exodus 8:1-7ff]. Plague 3: Lice - Egyptians worshiped Geb, their god over dust of earth. [cf: Exodus 8:16-19 ff]. Plague 4: Swarms of Flies - Khepri, Egyptian God of creation, movement of the Sun, rebirth - Khepri had the head of a fly. [cf: Exodus 8:20 ff]. Plague 5: Death of Cattle and Livestock - a Grievous pestilence - Egyptians worshiped Hathor, Egyptian Goddess of Love and Protection. Usually this Goddess was depicted with the head of a cow. They also worshiped the Apis - the divine bull, a manifestation of the god Ptah. The Apis is the calf of a cow which is never afterwards able to have another. The Egyptian belief is that a flash of light descends upon the cow from heaven, and this causes her to conceive Apis. [cf: Exodus 9:1-7 ff]. Plague 6: Plague of Boils - Egyptians worshiped Isis, goddess of medicine & peace. Ashes thrown in the air turned to boils and sores with pus. [cf: Exodus 9:8-12 ff].

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Chapter 4 gives a prophetic summary of the deliverance of Israel before the events actually happened. In Exodus 3, God dealt with two of Moses' objections: (1) Who am I? and (2) What is thy name? The Great "I AM". And here, three other objections are encountered and dealt with: (3) "They will not believe" Exodus 4:1; (4) "I am not eloquent" Exodus 4:10; and (5) "Send ... by the hand of whom thou wilt send" Exodus 4:13. Chapter 5 gives the account of the first episode in the long confrontation between God and Pharaoh over the demand that he, "Let My people go!" It reveals that the Hebrews were not yet ready for deliverance, but that they should suffer hardship before their liberty could be achieved. "The Hebrew slaves must learn that they too must suffer loss. They will have to pay the price of their liberty-to-be. It is not just a gift from God.". Chapter 6 is a renewal, not a variable account of the call in Midian. The necessity for this renewal of Moses' commission is inherent and demanded by his doubt and discouragement. He simply could not have gone on without it. Preparations and preliminaries have been completed. Here begins the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian slavery. First, there is a prophetic projection of the entire operation Exodus 7:1-7. The introductory miracle is related Exodus 7:8-13; Plague I is threatened in detail Exodus 7:14-19, and it is executed in Exodus 7:20-25. Swift judgment and punishment mark the action with Plagues II and III in Exodus 8. Pharaoh's heart progressively hardens, and God's ultimate victory through Moses and Aaron begins to appear.

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Chapter 4 gives a prophetic summary of the deliverance of Israel before the events actually happened. In Exodus 3, God dealt with two of Moses' objections: (1) Who am I? and (2) What is thy name? The Great "I AM". And here, three other objections are encountered and dealt with: (3) "They will not believe" Exodus 4:1; (4) "I am not eloquent" Exodus 4:10; and (5) "Send ... by the hand of whom thou wilt send" Exodus 4:13. Chapter 5 gives the account of the first episode in the long confrontation between God and Pharaoh over the demand that he, "Let My people go!" It reveals that the Hebrews were not yet ready for deliverance, but that they should suffer hardship before their liberty could be achieved. "The Hebrew slaves must learn that they too must suffer loss. They will have to pay the price of their liberty-to-be. It is not just a gift from God.". Chapter 6 is a renewal, not a variable account of the call in Midian. The necessity for this renewal of Moses' commission is inherent and demanded by his doubt and discouragement. He simply could not have gone on without it. Preparations and preliminaries have been completed. Here begins the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian slavery. First, there is a prophetic projection of the entire operation Exodus 7:1-7. The introductory miracle is related Exodus 7:8-13; Plague I is threatened in detail Exodus 7:14-19, and it is executed in Exodus 7:20-25. Swift judgment and punishment mark the action with Plagues II and III in Exodus 8. Pharaoh's heart progressively hardens, and God's ultimate victory through Moses and Aaron begins to appear.

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Moses placed in basket in Nile, found and taken in by Pharaoh's daughter (Hatshepsut?). Acts 7:20-22, Moses given Egyptian name & raised as an Egyptian. Acts 7:22-23, lived as Egyptian 40 years. Exodus 2:11-13, Moses kills Egyptian (Senenmut?). Moses flees to Midian, is shepherd for 40 years, & was 80 years old at the Exodus 7:7. Date of Exodus is proved by: I Kings 6:1, Solomon reigned from 971BC to 931BC. 4th year of Solomon is 971BC minus 4 years, equals 967 BC plus 480 years equals 1,447 BC for Exodus. Additional proof previous lesson. Moses at burning bush, "who sent me?" Exodus 3:13-15, I Am that I Am, Matthew 22:32; Jesus proves the resurrection by the present tense verb "AM". 7 times in the Gospel John Jesus claims to be God using expression, "I am." referring to Himself cf: John 6:35 I am the bread of life; John 8:12, I am the light of the world. John 10:9 I am the door; John 10:11 I am the good shepherd; John 11:25, I am the resurrection, and the life; John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life; John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life John 15:1 I am the true vine.

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