Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament in the Holy Bible. This is a book that talks about Moses’ birth during the time when the Pharaoh commanded that the midwives kill all Hebrew boys upon birth. The midwives did not want to do this.
Exodus 1:18-22 (ESV)
So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”
In Chapter 2, Moses is born and his mother hid him for three months and then put him in the Nile where the daughter of Pharaoh found him and took him into the palace where he was raised. As he grew into a man he was dismayed at the abuse of the Hebrew slaves and killed an Egyptian which caused him to leave the land and go to Midian where he marries and has a family.
Chapter 3, Moses hears the voice of God in the burning bush asking Moses to go back to Egypt to get the children of Israel out of bondage.
Exodus 3:16-18 (NIV)
“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’ “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’
Chapter 4, Moses goes to Pharaoh to make the request to release the people to go out to worship their God. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and accounts for the plagues and disasters that are put upon the people in the next few chapters in Exodus until we get to Exodus 12:31
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
The Children of Israel are free and no longer slaves. In Chapter 14, the Egyptian soldiers pursued them to the sea. God allowed the Israelites to walk across on dry land and drowned all of the soldiers in the sea.
Exodus shows the power of God! Read the full text to get a good understanding of what God can do.
The remaining chapters of Exodus will show you how to be thankful for the blessings, not complaining or murmuring because it is detrimental to receiving your full blessings and potential.