Episode 6

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25th Jan 2021

Exodus 13-15

Exodus #6

When we pray "Your will be done," how often do we realize that, by extension, we are praying "my will may not be done," and are we ready for the consequences?

God's will was done. Egypt was defeated, Moses, despite all his weaknesses, led his people out of Egypt and into the wilderness. The Israelites followed but their hearts trailed behind. Their feet carried them but their mind was already in a rebellious state: They resented leaving Egypt.

Imagine you had a posh life in a good neighborhood, where your father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather lived. For as long as you can remember, your lineage was rooted in this good land. Then, one day, a dictator comes into power and turns you and your family into slaves. 

Would you then pray "Dear God, please remove this dictator and give us a good government," or "Dear God, please run this country to the ground, uproot me, my family, and my entire community and take us to the desert so that we can worship you in the wilderness?"

The Israelites were happy Pharaoh was defeated. They were not as happy to leave Egypt for some faraway land on account of a faint promise given to an ancient ancestor of theirs. 

Likewise, our views are selfish, limited in scope, and focused on our immediate needs. God's views are very different and as we walk alongside the Israelites into the wilderness we will learn the meaning of these words: "Your will be done."

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About the Podcast

Exodus
God's Wrath and Mercy
The Book of Exodus is an adventure, a divine mystery, a recapitulation of salvation history, a tragic account of fall and redemption. Above all it is a love story between God and humanity.

While this study is not a verse-by-verse on Exodus, it focuses on ten salient points of the book:

01. The Election of Moses as a prophet for his people
02. The revelation of the Holy Name of the Lord
03. The Ten Plagues of Egypt
04. The flight into the wilderness
05. The Israelites reaction after they had left the fertile land of Goshen
06. The Giving of the Ten Commandments
07. The Golden Calf
08. The Tabernacle
09. The signification of the Tabernacle in the Light of Christ
10. Moral reading of the Book of Exodus.

What is peculiar about Exodus is that most folks would say that the most important (and perhaps the only) points of the book of Exodus are the flight from Egypt and the Ten Commandments. Yet, a full one-third of the book is concerned with the tabernacle: The Lord himself instructs Moses on the architecture of the Tabernacle based on a heavenly design and then the Israelites build it according to that pattern.

It would be an oddity to exclude the last third of a book, be it a novel, a manual, or a historical account. In fact, anyone who excludes the last one-third of the Gospels would be excluding the crucifixion and the resurrection of Our Lord. So why is it that we cannot remember the tabernacle when we read Exodus or why is it that we do not deem it important?

This series highlights the fundamental link between the giving of the Law (the ten commandments) and the living of the Law (the tabernacle). We will show that the Law that God gave was meant to be lived and practiced around the tabernacle and that the tabernacle (not the Law) is the symbolic mediation of grace. It is symbolic because its sacrificial system cannot confer grace and it is symbolic because the tabernacle points to the fount of grace: the Catholic Church.

Prerequisite

The Catholic Foundation Library is a definite prerequisite to a sound understanding of Exodus. It serves as a basis for grasping the way Scripture functions end-to-end. Further, since the events in the Book of Genesis are the reason why Exodus and Numbers were written, it makes sense to go through the study of the Book of Genesis before undertaking a study of Exodus.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.