Josephus-Books 2 & 3 Review Continued ~ from the Exodus to Elim Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 20 January 2016
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artist: Joshua Justice
title: Josephus, Books 2- 3, The Exodus to the Encampment At Elim
album: Josephus and a Look at the First Century and the Growing Christian Church
year: 2016
genre: Bible Study (id None)
Josephus has covered two major sections of Jewish history, 3833 years in his first book and 220 years in Book 2.  Now Book 3, introduced in this study, will cover just two years, from leaving Egypt to staying at Elim, chronicled in Exodus 16. The exodus story is so important to the formation of the Jewish national character that Josephus focuses on this time period to lay the foundation of how this collection of just-freed slaves developed a national cohesion and which finally became the people that produced the likes of David, Solomon, Esther and Daniel. In this time period, they experience the challenges and pain of being a semi-self-governing and fully free people, and they find it is not an easy transition. Slavery is not an easy nor something to which people aspire, but it can come in all forms, including slavery to drugs, money, government handouts, and in this case, the children of Israel wanted the shelter of the provisions of Egypt. Life as a free person is often difficult, and has deep challenges. God was training them to be up to the challenge ~ at no point does God leave them, but He does "whip them into shape" through the various difficulties they must face and eventually overcome. 


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