The headline in Christianity Today is shocking: Gallup: Fewer Than Half of Americans Belong to a Church. How can that be when somewhere between 70-80% of the population claims to have some religious affiliation? Ultimately, what does istsay when fewer than 50% of the people in America belong to a church?
The book of Exodus describes how God rescues his people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt. The climax of their escape comes when God causes a wind to part the waters of the Red Sea. The Israelites cross in safety, but the Egyptian army is drowned. This is the defining moment of the ‘Exodus’ which means ‘way out’. (The same idea is in our word ‘exit’.)
God leads his people through the desert to Mount Sinai, where he gives them his law and prepares them for their new life in Canaan, the Promised Land.
The Israelite leader is Moses. He is born a Hebrew, raised as an Egyptian prince and works as a shepherd on the slopes of Sinai. He is assisted by his brother Aaron, who acts as spokesman and later becomes Israel’s first high priest.
Knowles, A. (2001). The Bible guide (1st Augsburg books ed., p. 41). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg.