Title: Crossing the Red Sea [Click for larger image view]

(Kotarbiński, Wilhelm, 1848-1921. Crossing the Red Sea, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57377 [retrieved September 28, 2022]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KotarbinskiyV_PerehEvreRYB.jpg.)

A Note on the Title

English Translations usually name the body of water that the Israelites cross the “Red Sea.” In Hebrew–the original language of the book of Exodus–the name is the “Reed Sea.”  The tradition in English that it was the Red Sea is based at least in part on the wording in the Septuagint, and ancient Greek translation of what Christians call the Old Testament.  (The Septuagint was already in existence before Jesus was born.)

Discussion Questions for the week

Think of a time when you felt caught between a “rock and a hard place.”

What was happening?

Why did you feel trapped?

What thoughts and/or emotions did you experience?

How did you get through it?

Where was God in the midst of this?

Acting on the Word

When you feel stuck this week, stop and pray for God’s guidance.

Daily Readings

Sunday, October 2: Cross the Red Sea

Exodus 14:10-31

Monday, October 3: Bitter Water

Exodus 15:22-27

Tuesday, October 4: A Need for Food

Exodus 16:1-12

Wednesday, October 5: Manna Provided

Exodus 16:13-30

Thursday, October 6: Water and War

Exodus 17:1-16

Friday, October 7: Jethro Arrives

Exodus 18:1-12

Saturday, October 8: Jethro’s Advice

Exodus 18:13-27

Reflection Questions on the Daily Readings

What words or phrases stand out to you?
What questions or insights does this reading raise?
What is Moses’ role in this passage?
What faith struggles are the people of Israel dealing with?
How is God at work in this passage?

Next Week: Covenant and Commandments at Sinai