The book of Exodus continues the story of the infant nation of Israel from where the book of Genesis ends.
The increasing numbers of Israelites cause problems.
1. What did the new king of Egypt fear from the children of Israel?
v 10 ... lest they multiply, and it happen that when any war breaks out, they also join themselves to our enemies and fight against us, and escape out of the land.”
2. What excuse did the midwives make for the survival of the Hebrews' baby boys?
v 19 ... the Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women; for they are vigourous and give birth before the midwife comes to them."
3. To whom did Pharaoh shift the responsibility of killing the baby boys?
v 22 Pharaoh commanded all his people ...
- v 1 to 7 All of Joseph's contemporaries die and Jacob's family dramatically increases in numbers
- v 8 to 14 A new king becomes concerned about the numbers of Israelites. He makes them slaves and they build the cities of Pithom and Raamses
- v 15 to 22 The Hebrew midwives ignore Pharoah's order to kill all baby boys. As a result God blesses the midwives by giving them families. Pharaoh then orders all his people to throw the Hebrew baby boys into the river