Episode 1

Published on:

25th Jan 2021

Exodus 1-2

Exodus #1

The Book of Exodus continues the story of Genesis. Four hundred years have passed since Joseph and Jacob had gone down to Egypt, and during these years God remained silent. He had to wait patiently until his children called to him before he took action.

We cannot help but wonder if their stay in Egypt would have not been shortened had someone amongst the Israelites called to God saying, "Lord, you gave our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob another land. A land flowing with milk and honey. Twice did you warn us not to go down to Egypt, and yet here we are, enjoying our stay here long after the drought that brought Israel down. We have sinned before your face. Forgive us and bring us home."

But they did not, preferring to live in the comfort of Goshen. So often, God's punishment is wrapped in the very thing we desire, when this desire takes us away from him. So he raises an Egyptian king known under the anonymous title of Pharaoh, a man who did not know Jacob and Joseph -- that is a man who opposes God -- to persecute them. The Israelites cry out to God but their cries are imperfect: they want God to meddle in politics. "Please God, remove this tyrant and let us be. Do not take heed of the fact that we are disobeying the covenant you instituted with Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Do please overlook our vices and our attachments to the Egyptian lifestyle. Just remove Pharaoh and leave us alone."

When Scripture says "God heard," it does not mean that physically because, after all, God has no physical ear to hear with. What it means is that God is ready to give us what we need -- not what we want. 

So God sends Moses. He makes him an Egyptian arrogant Prince, prone to anger like his adoptive father. Moses kills a man and when the Israelites chide him publicly, his anger turns to cowardice and he flees, he runs away leaving everything behind.

But God, who is Mercy, does not abandon him. He knows what this crime Moses committed is going to end up costing him. He knows his Son will die on the Cross for this crime and every other crime mankind has committed and will commit. He also knows that Moses will pay for this crime by carrying Israel on his shoulders for forty years, but that is still to come.

In this talk, we explore the early life of Moses. Our study is centered on five main themes:

  1. To know, to serve, and to Love God
  2. Moses recapitulates in his person the covenant with Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph
  3. Complete Reliance on God
  4. Complete Reliance on Self and the State
  5. The Role of Women.

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About the Podcast

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.


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.