An animated Bible walk through of Exodus 19-40
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In the 2nd half of Exodus Israel meets God at Mt. Sinai. They make a covenant with him, receive rules by which to live, build a tabernacle where God will dwell with them, but things go terribly wrong.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary.

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40 thoughts on “The Book of Exodus Overview – Part 2 of 2

  1. So at 2:15 you comment that the people didn’t want to go up, but in Exodus 19 it says that the people were forbidden to even touch the mountain … maybe I missed something, help me out 🙂

    • +Jon Maglio Thanks for the question, it’s a really good one. Our retelling of the Israelites at Sinai is based on the account in Exodus 19-20. In 19:10-11 God says the Israelites should prepare for God’s presence to descend on Mt. Sinai. In v.12 God sets boundaries around the mountain so no will touch it, but in v.13 God says that after 3 days a horn will blast and all the Israelites should go up the mountain to God’s presence (“when the ram’s horn horn sounds a blast, they shall come up onto the mountain”). However, When God’s presence does come directly down in 19:16-17 the people tremble from fear as God’s presence appears in cloud and thunder described in 19:18-20. All of a sudden, in 19:21 God suddenly warns the people to not ascend the mountain. So what happened? God apparently wanted all the people to ascend in 19:13, but after descending on the mountain he doesn’t (19:21). The key is in a flashback scene right after the 10 commandments in 20:18-21, where we get a replay of God’s presence descending on the mountain, and the people say they don’t want to go up because they are afraid (see 20:18-19). Read also the parallel account in Deuteronomy 5:1-5, where Moses says the people were afraid of God’s presence and did not go up the mountain. Hope that clarifies things! Thanks for your interest!

    • +The Bible Project The text in the ESV (19:13b) translation says, “When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain” not come up onto the mountain. This is confirmed with verse 12 which says, “And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it.'” and verse 17 when it says, “Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.”

    • Your comment makes no sense other than your probably just one of those people. Are these guys telling people not to read their Bibles….NO. They are simply doing their part to help people understand the Bible. Are you suggesting they should make some epic 100 hour video that no one would watch. People learn over time and takes years of piece by piece acquiring of knowledge to progress in your learning and anything that is Biblical like these videos that helps should be applauded. God calls all of us to use our talents to spread his message this is theirs and I am sure God would not look too kindly on those who complain and criticism His children doing his work.

    • The story can be found in Exodus chapter 32. Aaron, Moses’ brother, collected gold from the families after they asked him to make them a god or gods. It would seem that he sculpted them for the people, and the offered sacrifices to the idols. This all happened because it took Moses a while to come back down from the mountain.

    • Brandon.. Find out through Islam.. It’s explained very well by one of the Muslim scholars. I’m only watching these biblical stories to see n agree how corrupt Israelite were. So this an evidence how the holy book of Qur’an represents the israels. 🙂 and I’ve learnt the promises of God to Abraham which is of blessing from all nations..? I think yeh, this is why we Muslims keep Abraham & Muhammad (pbuh) throughout our prayers of intentions. The actual reason why I’ve watched these and makes a lot of sense through my religion. God bless

    • Don’t listen to Emon Miah. The Quran badly rehashes the biblical stories with many errors, written hundreds of years after it. Islam also denies the deity, death and resurrection of Jesus.

  2. im going to actually cry this is so beautiful. i have never read the bible in this way. are you guys literally overflowing with revelation from the holy spirit or somethign?!!?!?

  3. You guys are beyond amazing for this. I’ve been dreaming of something like this cause reading is kinda boring but this really helps.

  4. I’m so thankful that this account exists! You literally help tons of people to undestand God’s greatness!
    And I like the way you repeat everything from beginning so that no one ever forgets anything important haha!👍😄

  5. June 11th is celebrated in Catholic tradition as Trinity Sunday. Why is the 1st reading of the mass devoted to EX 34:4B-6, 8-9? I can understand how the 2nd reading from Paul relates to Trinitarian Theology. Comments???

  6. As a pastor’s wife of MANY years I recommend this series to all our new converts. it gives an excellent overview of the Bible and valuable guide for key concepts. I have and will gladly support this timely series. Thank you for your time and effort to make sure that the Bible is understandable. I urge all churches to concider this as worthy for support in a tangible way.

  7. 1. When was Jesus born?
    2. Was Jesus married?
    3. Did Jesus walk on water?
    4. When did Jesus die?
    5. Was Jesus buried in the Shroud of Turin?
    Please help answering these questions!

  8. 1.If Jesus’s mission was to the lost sheep of
    Israel,why was it confined to Palestine where only
    two of the original tribes had settled? Did that
    mean that Jesus had failed in his mission?

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