1 These are the names of the Israelites who went with Jacob to Egypt, each of them went with his family:
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah,
3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin,
4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
5 In all, the descendants of Jacob numbered seventy persons. Joseph was in Egypt already.
6 Then Joseph died, and his brothers, and all that generation.
7 But the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they became so numerous and powerful that eventually the whole land was full of them.
8 Then there came to power in Egypt a new king who had never heard of Joseph.
9 ‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites are now more numerous and stronger than we are.
10 We must take precautions to stop them from increasing any further, or if war should break out, they might join the ranks of our enemies. They might take arms against us and then escape from the country.’
11 Accordingly they put taskmasters over the Israelites to wear them down by forced labour. In this way they built the store-cities of Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh.
12 But the harder their lives were made, the more they increased and spread, until people came to fear the Israelites.
13 So the Egyptians gave them no mercy in the demands they made,
14 making their lives miserable with hard labour: with digging clay, making bricks, doing various kinds of field — work — all sorts of labour that they imposed on them without mercy.
15 The king of Egypt then spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shiphrah, and the other Puah.
16 ‘When you attend Hebrew women in childbirth,’ he said, ‘look at the two stones. If it is a boy, kill him; if a girl, let her live.’
17 But the midwives were God-fearing women and did not obey the orders of the king of Egypt, but allowed the boys to live.
18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, ‘What do you mean by allowing the boys to live?’
19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women, they are hardy and give birth before the midwife can get to them.’
20 For this, God was good to the midwives, and the people went on increasing and growing more powerful;
21 and since the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 Pharaoh then gave all his people this command: ‘Throw every new-born boy into the river, but let all the girls live.’
1 There was a man descended from Levi who had taken a woman of Levi as his wife.
2 She conceived and gave birth to a son and, seeing what a fine child he was, she kept him hidden for three months.
3 When she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him; coating it with bitumen and pitch, she put the child inside and laid it among the reeds at the River’s edge.
4 His sister took up position some distance away to see what would happen to him.
5 Now Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe in the river, while her maids walked along the riverside. Among the reeds she noticed the basket, and she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 She opened it and saw the child: the baby was crying. Feeling sorry for it, she said, ‘This is one of the little Hebrews.’
7 The child’s sister then said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and find you a nurse among the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’
8 ‘Yes,’ said Pharaoh’s daughter, and the girl went and called the child’s own mother.
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child away and nurse it for me. I shall pay you myself for doing so.’ So the woman took the child away and nursed it.
10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter who treated him like a son; she named him Moses ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’
11 It happened one day, when Moses was grown up, that he went to see his kinsmen. While he was watching their forced labour he also saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen.
12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
13 On the following day he came back, and there were two Hebrews, fighting. He said to the man who was in the wrong, ‘What do you mean by hitting your kinsman?’
14 ‘And who appointed you’, the man retorted, ‘to be prince over us and judge? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?’ Moses was frightened. ‘Clearly that business has come to light,’ he thought.
15 When Pharaoh heard of the matter, he tried to put Moses to death, but Moses fled from Pharaoh. He went into Midianite territory and sat down beside a well.
16 Now there was a priest of Midian with seven daughters. They used to come to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock.
17 Some shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses sprang to their help and watered their flock.
18 When they returned to their father Reuel, he said to them, ‘Why are you back so early today?’
19 ‘An Egyptian protected us from the shepherds,’ they said, ‘and he even drew water for us and watered the flock.’
20 ‘And where is he?’ he asked his daughters. ‘Why did you leave the man there? Ask him to eat with us.’
21 Moses agreed to stay on there with the man, who gave him his daughter Zipporah in marriage.
22 She gave birth to a son, whom he named Gershom ‘because’, he said, ‘I am an alien in a foreign land.’
23 During this long period the king of Egypt died. The Israelites, groaning in their slavery, cried out for help and from the depths of their slavery their cry came up to God.
24 God heard their groaning; God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
25 God saw the Israelites and took note.
1 Yahweh summoned Moses and, speaking to him from the Tent of Meeting, said,
2 ‘Speak to the Israelites; say to them, “When any of you brings an offering to Yahweh, he can offer an animal either from the herd or from the flock.
3 “If his offering is to be a burnt offering from the herd, he must offer an unblemished male; he will offer it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, to make it acceptable to Yahweh.
4 He must lay his hand on the victim’s head, and it will be accepted as effectual for his expiation.
5 He will then slaughter the bull before Yahweh, and the priests descended from Aaron will offer the blood. They will pour it all around the altar which stands at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
6 He will then skin the victim and quarter it.
7 The priests descended from Aaron will put a fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.
8 The priests descended from Aaron will then arrange the quarters, the head and the fat on the wood on the fire on the altar.
9 He will wash the entrails and shins in water, and the priest will burn it all on the altar as a burnt offering, food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.
10 “If his offering is to be of an animal from the flock, of a lamb or a goat to be offered as a burnt offering, he must offer an unblemished male.
11 He will slaughter it on the north side of the altar, before Yahweh, and the priests descended from Aaron will pour the blood all around the altar.
12 He will then quarter it, and the priest will arrange the quarters, the head and the fat on the wood on the fire on the altar.
13 He will wash the entrails and shins in water, and the priest will burn it all on the altar as a burnt offering, food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.
14 “If his offering to Yahweh is to be a burnt offering of a bird, he must offer a turtledove or a young pigeon.
15 The priest will offer it at the altar and wring off its head, which he will burn on the altar; its blood must then be squeezed out on the side of the altar.
16 He will then remove the crop and the feathers and throw them on the eastern side of the altar, where the fatty ashes are put.
17 He will then split it in half with a wing on each side, but without separating the two parts. The priest will then burn it on the altar, on the wood which is on the fire, as a burnt offering, food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.” ‘
1 [For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Poem] God, we have heard for ourselves, our ancestors have told us, of the deeds you did in their days, in days of old,
2 by your hand. To establish them in the land you drove out nations, to make room for them you harried peoples.
3 It was not their own sword that won the land, nor their own arms which made them victorious, but your hand it was and your arm, and the light of your presence, for you loved them.
4 You are my king, my God, who decreed Jacob’s victories;
5 through you we conquered our opponents, in your name we trampled down those who rose up against us.
6 For my trust was not in my bow, my victory was not won by my sword;
7 it was you who saved us from our opponents, you who put to shame those who hate us.
8 Our boast was always of God, we praised your name without ceasing.
9 Yet now you have abandoned and humiliated us, you no longer take the field with our armies,
10 you leave us to fall back before the enemy, those who hate us plunder us at will.
11 You hand us over like sheep for slaughter, you scatter us among the nations,
12 you sell your people for a trifle and make no profit on the sale.
13 You make us the butt of our neighbours, the mockery and scorn of those around us,
14 you make us a by-word among nations, other peoples shake their heads over us.
15 All day long I brood on my disgrace, the shame written clear on my face,
16 from the sound of insult and abuse, from the sight of hatred and vengefulness.
17 All this has befallen us though we had not forgotten you, nor been disloyal to your covenant,
18 our hearts never turning away, our feet never straying from your path.
19 Yet you have crushed us in the place where jackals live, and immersed us in shadow dark as death.
20 Had we forgotten the name of our God and stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have found this out, for he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 For your sake we are being massacred all day long, treated as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Wake, Lord! Why are you asleep? Awake! Do not abandon us for good.
24 Why do you turn your face away, forgetting that we are poor and harrassed?
25 For we are bowed down to the dust, and lie prone on the ground.
26 Arise! Come to our help! Ransom us, as your faithful love demands.
Thoughts and Reflection
In this new book, we continue to see God loves his people. God rescues his people from famine through Joseph, a new pharaoh that comes to power and enslaves the people of Isreal. Although God’s people were enslaved and seemed as if they were abandoned, he continues to bless them by making them strong and fruitful. We can see the growth of their families is evidenced that God is with them.
As the people of Isreal are blessed with Children, it reminds us that children are one of the greatest blessings God can give to any couple.
In Leviticus, we read about offering a sacrifice which conveys our duty to worship God. In doing this, the father of a family will bring an animal to sacrifice as an offering. The Levite priests will drain the animal’s blood and put it on the altar. This is what was done with the blood of Jesus in the New Covenant.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!