Posted by: Kelli
Name of Book: Precept Upon Precept, Exodus, Let My People Go
Author: Kay Arthur
Why I decided to read this book: About a year and a half ago, three other moms and I sat down to start a Bible Study. We were looking for a very thorough and Bible focused study. One of the ladies in the study had been to the Kay Arthur training. We started with Kay Arthur’s How to Study the Bible in 28 Days and Lord, Teach me to Pray in 28 Days. We then moved on to study Kay Arthur’s Precept Upon Precept study of Ruth. Ruth is a short book and a somewhat easy book to study. Next we decided to tackle the Pentateuch. It took us almost all of 2014 to study Genesis. Then we moved on to Kay Arthur’s Exodus Precept Study.
Who do I recommend to read this book: Kay Arthur’s Precept Upon Precept studies are not easy studies, in my opinion. If you study at the recommended pace, expect to spend an average of five to seven hours a week on Bible study. I recommend this study to anyone who has completed How to Study the Bible in 28 Days, and anyone who has completed the Precept Upon Precept Genesis study. I believe Kay Arthur authors her studies knowing that they are usually used by women. Her studies, though, are not geared toward women. She takes a very neutral expository approach to studying the Word.
My biggest take away from the book: There is a LOT packed into Exodus. Moses is born. The burning bush. Moses approaching Pharoah. Pharoah’s heart repeatedly hardening. The Plagues. The Israelites leaving Egypt. The parting of the Red Sea. The Ten Commandments. The ordinaces for the Sons of Israel. The instructions and building of the Ark of the Covenant. God giving and appointing skillful men and women to create. God’s renewal of His covenant with the Israelites. The Israelites bringing offerings for the building of the Ark. Moses’ obedience to the Lord. Moses speaking with the Lord face to face.
If I had to summarize my take away, it’d be this: God is going to do what He is going to do. And, He is going to do it with every single detail planned out.
What I think the author wanted me to take away from the book: ‘I am the Lord the God of Israel. It is I who have brought you out of Egypt.’
My favorite aspect about this book: This study was a great reminder of God’s sovereign power amidst trial after trial for the Israelites. God faithfully brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and God will faithfully deliver them into the Promised Land.
My least favorite aspect about this book: Exodus covers a lot of the detail regarding the ordinances for the sons of Israel, and the details regarding the building of the Ark of the Covenant. While I understand God ordained these details and was very specific for a reason, some of the reading gets a bit monotonous and hard to follow. Be sure to find accurate pictures of the building of the Ark to help you understand what it looked like.
The New Inductive Study Bible – I highly recommend having a Bible specifically dedicated to the precept study courses.
Twistable Colored Pencils – I like the convenience of never having to sharpen my pencils. Be sure to have a good variety of colors. If you find value in marking words, you will want a good variety.
How To Study the Bible in 28 Days – This book is an excellent precursor to prepare you for any of Kay Arthur’s precept studies.