Numbers 10 – 12: The Israelites (Finally) Start Across the Desert, and Also Start Kvetching Again

An Episode from the Exodus - A Storm of Quails Gathers Over the Israelite Camp by Pawel Franck (Paolo Fiammingo), painted circa mid-1500s We finally return to narrative with these chapters and I'm giddy with anticipation. No more long lists of laws, rules, animals, Tabernacle furnishings - only the Israelites' story from here on out,…

Exodus 13 – 15: The Israelites – Free at Last from the Egyptians but Not from Their Own Issues

The Crossing of the Red Sea by Nicolas Poussin, 1634, currently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia As Chapter 13 begins, the Israelites are scrambling to get all their stuff together and beat it out of Egypt. While this is happening, God gives some instructions for Moses that the Israelites are to follow…