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Author: Ron Graham

History of IsraelTimes of Israel series

Arrival at Sinai
—And stages of the wilderness wanderings

Time ~ 3. Wandering in the Wilderness
Span ~ 40 years
Books ~ Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Figures ~ Moses
Begins with ~ Exodus from Egypt across Red Sea
Ends with ~ Entry into promised Land across Jordan

In this lesson we look at the Israelites' arrival at Mount Sinai, and some of the events there —including God's appearance on the mountain while the people watched below (Exodus 19:1-25; 20:18-22).

1 Camping at Mount Sinai

The time of Wandering in the Wilderness lasted 40 years.

In the first three months, the children of Israel left Egypt and went to Horeb in the wilderness of Sinai. (Horeb is another name for Mount Sinai).

They remained camped in this area for two years. Among other things during the encampment...

2 Bible Summary (Exodus 19-24, 31-35)

(Chapters 25-30 see next lesson)

3 God’s Plan

Behind this story is God's grace, and how God made his will known to the Israelites by signs. God did not force his will upon them. Instead, he made it a condition that they choose to obey, in order that his kind intentions for them might be realised.

If they disobeyed, God warned, he would "break out against them."

Three things to notice in Exodus 19

  • Notice God's intention: v. 5-6 (cf Revelation 1:5-6, 1Peter 2:9) "You shall be a special treasure to me --a kingdom of priests"
  • Notice the condition: v. 5 (cf Colossians 1:21-23) "If you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant"
  • Notice the sign: v. 11,16 (cf 1Corinthians 15:3-4) "It came to pass on the third day in the morning"

4 Early Stages of the Wilderness Wanderings

From Egypt to the arrival at Sinai...

5 Latter Stages of the Wilderness Wanderings

From Sinai to the Promised Land...


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