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52 Weeks Discussion > Week 3, Day 5 thoughts - Exodus 1-4

Wow - so many comparisons to everyday life in today's lesson!

Figured I'd make a clarification regarding something the author said regarding the children of Israel and their bondage for 400 years. The author wrote, "Had they only remembered what God said in Genesis 15:13-16, they would have know that God had already prophesied that the duration of their bondage would be 400 years." What I wanted to point out is that the children of Israel at that time wouldn't have had a copy of the book of Genesis in their hands. Moses is commonly considered to be the author of the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. I can only assume that as they are historical books, Moses recorded his thoughts (through the Holy Spirit, of course) later in life AFTER the events had taken place (not before, or even during). Having said that, I think it's safe to assume that the children of Israel would still have probably known about the 400 year period as the author says -- not through pulling out their handy, dandy copy of the Scriptures like we would, but through the oral traditions that would have been passed down from generation to generation. I think we can be confident that this is exactly what happened, as in the chronology of events that Moses was inspired to write later in life, the mention of this "400 years of affliction" (Genesis 15:13) was at the exact same time that the ratification of the Abrahamic Covenant was taking place in Abraham's life. This, of course, was where God made His unconditional covenant with Abraham by putting Abraham in a deep sleep, and God alone walking through the divided carcasses, signifying that the fulfillment of the promises made in the covenant were solely dependent upon God Himself, and none whatsoever on Abraham. In other words, the covenant is unconditional. This was one of the most important events that took place in Abraham's life. Surely this story would have been orally passed down from father to son, father to son, etc., and the children of Israel in Egyptian bondage should have been at least familiar with the story.

It's really not too unlike what took place in the New Testament as the church age began. There was no New Testament written Word at that time period either. What was preached was all word of mouth, or out of the Old Testament Scriptures (which they did have). Most of all the N.T. Scriptures we have - from the gospels to Revelation - they were written between 45 - 90 A.D. So you can see how important oral tradition was even in that early church-age time.

Figured I'd let you know about that. It's easy for us today to assume that everyone has had the availability to have the written form of Scriptures throughout history. That certainly isn't the case.

March 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPastor Ken