Exodus 1-6 – “I Have Remembered My Covenant”

March 21, 2022 to March 27, 2022

The book of Exodus begins with the bondage of the children of Israel, the infant Moses being taken in by Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses’ call as a prophet-leader, and the first events of the exodus. God reveals that he will deliver his people; he cares deeply and responds to them.


“Theophany on Sinai,” Amy Blake Hardison, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament, BYU Religious Studies 

When Moses first encounters God and is called to bring Israel out of bondage in Egypt, he reacts with fear. God reveals that he will deliver his people from their afflictions. This is a God who cares deeply and responds to their distress.

“The Throne-Theophany and Prophetic Commission in 1 Nephi: A Form-Critical Analysis,” Blake Thomas Ostler, BYU Studies 26, no. 4

Moses’ call as a prophet and leader (Exodus 3-4) fits the form that also occurs for Jeremiah, Nephi, and other prophets: a historical introduction, a divine confrontation, the individual’s reaction, a throne-theophany (seeing God on his throne), the commission, a protest, a reassurance, and a conclusion in which the prophet begins to act. 

“Exodus 1-10, Let My People Go,” Old Testament Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel, Church Educational System

This study guide discusses Moses’ youth, Moses slaying an Egyptian, the forms of God’s name, and more. Links to the Joseph Smith Translation of a few select verses in Exodus (Exodus 4:21, 24-27, and 6:3, 29) provide information which is missing in the King James Version.

“Christ the Creator,” Mark E. Petersen, speech at BYU, December 13, 1977

Moses gives testimony of Christ through his scriptural writings and through his appearance to Joseph Smith. The writings of Moses help us understand the covenant God made with Abraham. 

“The Ancient Covenant Restored,” Robert L. Millet, Ensign, March 1998

Moses and other ancient prophets participated in the restoration of the ancient covenant of Abraham to Joseph Smith.