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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Exodus 1:8-2:10

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

On this Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on the story of the oppression of the children of Israel in Egypt. Now living under the reign of a Pharaoh that "does not remember Joseph," the Jewish people's lives become increasingly more difficult. The God of Love and Liberation acts through Moses, who in our story is only just born under these dark days. We will explore the difficulties of oppression and loss, and anxiety and sorrow, experienced by all of God's children in various ways.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Exodus, from the beginning of the story of Moses. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Exodus 1:8-2:10).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • As you read the Scripture story of the actions of Pharaoh and the lives of those involved with Pharaoh's actions (the Israelites, Moses and his family, the midwives, etc), imagine the feelings of each person in the story.

  • What is surprising about whom God used to act for justice in this story? What was the formal "power" available to those who acted against Pharaoh's wishes?

  • Think of someone who acted courageously, like Moses, in our modern times. There are many examples...the study uses the example of Harriet Tubman. What are similarities and differences these modern people have with Moses?

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