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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book of Exodus

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
  1. The Hebrews in Egypt (1:1-12:36)
    1. Progressive mistreatment of the Hebrew slaves (1:1-22)
      1. The tribes of Israel identified (1:1-7)
      2. Pharoah (King of Egypt) who knew not Joseph (1:8)
      3. Growth of Hebrew population (1:9-10)
      4. Harsh treatment of Hebrew slaves in Egypt (1:11-14)
      5. Plan to destroy the Hebrews (1:15-22)
    2. Preparation for deliverance of Hebrew slaves (2:1-4:31)
      1. Moses born and saved from destruction (2:1-10)
      2. Moses kills an Egyptian and forsakes Egypt (2:11-14)
      3. Moses in the land of Midian (2:15-22)
      4. God takes knowledge of Israelís sad plight (2:23-25)
      5. God calls Moses at a burning bush (3:1-4:17)
      6. Moses agrees to go back to Egypt (4:18-26)
      7. The Hebrews believe Moses and accept his leadership (4:27-31)
    3. The Israelites delivered from Egyptian bondage (5:1-15:21)
      1. Moses demands the release of the Israelites (5:1-4)
      2. Hebrews denied straw with which to make bricks (5:5-23)
      3. Moses demand certified by miracle (5:24-7:12)
      4. Pharaohís heart was hardened (7:13-14)
      5. First plague: Blood (7:14-25)
      6. Second plague: Frogs (8:1-15)
      7. Third plague: Lice (8:16-19)
      8. Fourth plague: Flies (8:20-32)
      9. Fifth plague: Disease on Livestock (9:1-7)
      10. Sixth plague: Boils (9:8-12)
      11. Seventh plague: Hail (9:13-35
      12. Eighth plague: Locusts (10:1-20)
      13. Ninth plague: Darkness (10:21-29)
      14. Death announced (11:1-10)
    4. Israel redeemed by the blood of a lamb -- Passover. (12:1-13:16)
      1. Beginning of the year is changed (12:1-2)
      2. Passover instituted (12:3-20)
      3. Procedure for Passover ceremony (12:21-30)
      4. Unleavened bread (12:31-39)
      5. Death of the firstborn (12:40-42)
      6. Passover to be observed annually (12:43-50)
      7. Israelites driven out of the land of Egypt (12:51)
      8. Firstborn sanctified to God (13:1-2)
      9. Deliverance to be remembered (13:3-10)
      10. Firstling of animals (13:11-13)
      11. A sign to future generations (13:14-16)
    5. Israel crosses Red Sea; is saved from the Egyptian army (13:17-15:22)
      1. Led to the banks of the Red Sea (13:17-18)
      2. Bones of Joseph carried with them (13:19)
      3. Pillar of cloud and fire (13:20-22)
      4. Egyptian army destroyed in the Red Sea (14:1-31)
      5. Song of deliverance (15:1-22)
  2. The Hebrews in the Wilderness (15:23-18:27)
    1. Bitter water made sweet (15:23-27)
    2. Manna from heaven (16:1-36
    3. Water miraculously supplied at Rephidim (17:1-7)
    4. War with Amalek (17:18-16)
    5. Israel organized according to the advice of Jethro (18:1-27)
  3. The Hebrews at Sinai (19:1-40:38)
    1. Revelation of the covenant between God and Israel (19:1-25)
      1. People come to Sinai (19:1-2)
      2. Demonstration of Godís power (19:3-25)
    2. Commandments (20:1-26)
      1. Ten commandments (20:1-17)
      2. Idolatry forbidden (20:18-23)
      3. Instructions about building an altar (20:24-26)
    3. Various laws (21:1-23:33)
      1. Menservants (21:1-6)
      2. Womenservants (21:7-11)
      3. Murder and manslaughter (21:12-15)
      4. Menstealers (21:16)
      5. Treatment of parents (21:17)
      6. Social regulations (21:18-22:15)
      7. Moral regulations (22:16-23:9)
      8. Sabbath rules (23:10-13)
      9. Feasts and sacrifice (23:14-19)
      10. Angel (leader) promised for conquest (23:20-33)
    4. Renewal of the covenant (24:1-11)
    5. The Tabernacle (24:12-27:21)
      1. Revelation given on Mount Sinai (24:12-18)
      2. Offering for the Tabernacle (25:1-7)
      3. Revelation of the Tabernacle (25:8-27:21)
    6. The Priests (28:1-29:46)
      1. Priestly dress (28:1-43)
      2. Consecration of the Priests (29:1-37)
      3. Offerings of the Priests (29:38-46)
    7. Instructions (30:1-31:18)
    1. Instructions of use of the Tabernacle (30:1-38)
    2. Instructions for building the Tabernacle (31:1-11)
    3. Tables of stone (31:18)
  4. Israelís Fall and Restoration (32:1-40:38)
    1. The golden calf (32:1-6)
    2. Moses intercedes for the people (32:7-33:23)
    3. Restoration of covenant (34:1-35)
    4. Israel obeys the covenant (35:1-40:33)
      1. The Sabbath (35:1-3)
      2. Offering for Tabernacle (35:4-19)
      3. Skilled workers appointed to do the work (35:20-35)
      4. Offering given to the skilled workers (36:1-7)
      5. Tabernacle constructed (36:8-38)
      6. Ark, mercy seat, table and vessels, candlesticks, altar of incense, anointing oil and sweet incense (37:1-29)
      7. Altar of burnt offerings; brazen laver; the court (38:1-20)
      8. The sum of the peopleís offerings (38:21-31)
      9. Cloths of service, holy garments, breastplate, coats and mitre, all approved by Moses (39:1-43)
    5. God accepts it all and fills the Tabernacle with his glory (40:1-38)


H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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