Thursday, September 15, 2016

2016 - 2017 Tulsa Bible Church Men's Bible study / Exodus: God Rescues His People INTRODUCTION

God Rescues His People

 1 Corinthians 10:11 reminds us that, "these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction..."   Serious students will find a gold mine of insight and practical values that relate to living today in our study of Exodus.  This is history with a punch. 
This year’s study on Exodus will have 24 lessons.  The lessons have two parts.  We are using the exellent Intervarsity Daily Bible Study questions for Exodus as the core of our study.  From time to time extra questions, reference articles, and other resource materials that are helpful will be added.  They will be in the section titled “For Further Consideration.” 
I think my current favorite commentary on Exodus is Moses and the Gods of Egypt by John J. Davis.  It has a focus on the historical and cultural aspects of the book.  There are also many good standard sources of helpful information online.  Some of them are linked from my blog entry, “A Brief Outline of Bible Study Tips and Links Updated 16.09.12.”
Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa, in their book Talk Thru the Bible, observe that, “Exodus contains no direct messianic prophecies, but it is full of types and portraits of Christ.”[1]  These include…
               1.      Moses (Deut. 18:15),
               2.      The Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7),
               3.      The seven feasts,
               4.      The Exodus (Romans 6:2-3; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2),
               5.      Mana and water (John 6:31-35),
               6.      The Tabernacle, and
               7.      The high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:11-12).
In Exodus 5:2, Pharaoh complains that he does not know the Lord.  In Exodus 6:7, God tells the Israelites that they will know that “I am the Lord your God” and in Exodus 7:5 that the Egyptians will know that “I am the Lord.”  One of the interesting phrases that I have enjoyed tracking through Exodus and into Leviticus is “I am the Lord” or “I am the Lord your God.”  My prayer for you and your men is that through this study you too will know what is means when the great I AM says, “I am the Lord your God.”
This year's study locations are:
Monday's at NOON Downtown — 1215 South Boulder / 12th-floor conf. room 
Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM TBC — 5838 S Sheridan, Tulsa 
Thursdays @ 5:30 AM IHOP —31 & Memorial / 3130 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa 
Thursdays @ 6:15 am IHOP —71 & Lewis / 5230 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa 
Thursdays @ 6:15 am IHOP —Broken Arrow / 1901 E. Hillside Dr., BA 
Thursdays @ 6:15 am Braum’s —71 & Garnett / 11123 E 71st St., Tulsa 
Fridays @ 6:00 am Panera —91 & Memorial / 8920 S Memorial Dr.,Tulsa 

[1] Kenneth Boa, Bruce Wilkinson,  Talk Thru the Bible, (Thomas Nelson Publishers: 1980) p. 14

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