Summary: The Study Of From Egypt To The Promised Land

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The Study Of From Egypt To The Promised Land

Exodus 20:1-17 (KJV)

1 And God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Hundreds of years had passed since God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants. The time of the fulfilling of the promise had arrived (Acts 7:17), so God raised up Moses as a Deliverer to lead the Israelites from the land of Egypt. After God brought the ten plagues on the Egyptians, they allowed the Israelites to leave the land of Egypt and to begin their journey to the "promised land."


The life of Moses divides itself into three equal parts of forty years each. The first forty years were spent in Egypt, being raised as the son of the King. The next forty years were spent in the land of Midian tending sheep, where Moses had fled from the anger of the king. This lesson deals with the last forty years of his life, as leader of the children of Israel.


Having left the land of Egypt and miraculously crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites arrived at Mt. Sinai. They remained at the mount for almost a year. While here, four notable events occurred.

1. God delivered to Moses the ten commandments on the table of stone.

2. The people built the golden calf to be their "god"; which Moses destroyed.

3. The people were numbered. (counted).

4. The tabernacle (a large tent to be the center of Jewish worship) was built.


After leaving Mt. Sinai, the Israelites headed toward the promised land. When they arrived at a place called Kadesh-Barnea, twelve spies were sent into the land to find out about it. They returned after forty days, with the report of the beauty of the land, but ten of the twelve spies forgot about the fact that God was helping them and persuaded the people they just were not able to capture the land.


Because of their unbelief, God determined that the Israelites would be punished. They were told that they must wander in the wilderness for forty years until all of the men who did not believe Him died; then their children would go into the land. For forty years the nation of Israel were wanderers in the wilderness; God gave them bread (called manna) from heaven and often gave them water by a miracle.

Before the death of Moses, two nations on the east side of the Jordan River were defeated. Moses, as an old man, was permitted to climb to the top of Mt. Nebo, look at the promised land; then he died and God buried him. Look at the map below to see the location of the events of this lesson.

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