Deliverance: Freedom from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 1-18)
The Hebrews had languished under slavery in Egypt for four hundred years when they cry out to God for deliverance. God raised up Moses as His spokesman to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, asking for spiritual freedom for the Hebrew people. Pharaoh refused, and a series of ten plagues was levied on Egypt to prompt Pharaoh to let the people go. The plagues started off bad and they got worse – from frogs, to gnats, to water turned to blood, to the death of the firstborn in every household of Egypt. Finally, Pharaoh consented to let the Hebrews leave Egypt. After they had gone, he changed his mind and attempted to recapture them. They got as far as the Red Sea when God parted the Red Sea and the Hebrew people crossed over to the other side. The waters came together again, protecting them from the Egyptian army, and freeing them from slavery in Egypt. God, of course, had only one destination for them: the Promised Land of Canaan…the land ‘flowing with milk and honey.’ The land that their father Abraham had first settled is again to be their home.
Taken from 30 Days to Understand the Bible by Max Anders.