This Plan’s Not Going to Work

What better way to thwart a baby-hater than to send in a baby?

Video Screenshot, The Bible Project

D. Thomas Lancaster


Bible Project Exodus Moses Pharoah Shemot

This guy even hates babies! That’s how wicked and ruthless the villain is in the story of the exodus.

The book of Shemot (Exodus) picks up the story a generation or so after the book of Genesis left off, and we find our heroes have been enslaved by the wicked Pharaoh. Worse yet, this guy wants all the baby boys thrown into the river. If our heroes are going to find their way out of Egypt, they are going to need a plan.

If you’ve got five minutes to spare, you can get a head start on the weekly Torah readings from Shemot (Exodus) and figure out the plan with this great overview of the first half of the book. This isn’t Prince of Egypt, but those clever guys at have put together some pretty classy artwork and animation all the same.

The cliff-hanger at the end of Genesis left us with unfulfilled promises and an unfinished story—the perfect recipe for a great sequel. Exodus is that sequel. The first part of Exodus recounts how Abraham’s family ends up enslaved in Egypt. God raises up a deliverer to confront the evil of Pharaoh and to liberate the Israelites. From Egypt they set out into the wilderness on the way to Mount Sinai—and the giving of the Torah. This short video hits all the highlights, including the ten plagues, the big dinner party of Exodus 12, and the crossing of the Red Sea.

The most memorable moment in the video might be when Moses says to God, “Listen, this plan’s not going to work.” At first, it looks like Moses is right. Things get worse for the Hebrews, not better. But God tells Moses to stick to the plan anyway.

The most important concept is the real meaning of the word “redemption.” It’s relevant not only for the deliverance from Egypt but also for the final redemption when Messiah comes again. Here’s the takeaway: “Stick to the plan. It’s going to work. The final redemption is still coming.”

About the Author

D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue in Hudson, WI.


Bible Project Exodus Moses Pharoah Shemot

Video Screenshot, The Bible Project

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