About the Title 7
Introduction: Knowing 11
Scrutiny 1: Out of Egypt 15
Scrutiny 2: Turn You Northward 31
Scrutiny 3: Build on the Rock 49
Scrutiny 4: Why, Jesus? 67
Scrutiny 5: Heroes of the Exodus 87
Scrutiny 6: Villains of the Exodus 111
Scrutiny 7: Preparing for Canaan 139
Scrutiny 8: Into Canaan 171
Xtra Bits: Endnotes 221
The purpose of this book is for us ‘to know’, what is ‘the truth’ and how that ‘truth’ can benefit us.
As we dissect the story of the Exodus it is my hope that you, as an individual, may discern the answers to the above questions but more than that, you may ‘know’ the One behind this great event along with what His plans are for you.
After his entrance in Act 3, Scene 1, where he asked the introductory question above, Hamlet went on to propound the perceptive declaration, “. . .puzzles the will and makes us rather bear those ills we have, than fly to others we know not of.” Perhaps the forerunner of the saying; “Ignorance is bliss.”
A less readily identifiable, yet no less wise, accumulator of wisdom through words, would later state, “He that knows not and knows that he knows not, is wise, but he that knows not and knows not that he knows not is, a fool.” For the wisdom, that there is more to know, is the propelling force that moves the world forward in every facet of life and invention. While the ready acceptance of what we are already confident of, with the comfortable settling in to the non-challenging norm, is the academic equivalent of the stagnation of water that has ceased moving.
Let us therefore choose, ‘What’s to know’ together.