The book of Exodus describes God’s thrilling rescue of His people, our ancestors. After the closing scene of Genesis, 350 years passed after the patriarch Abraham died. When Joseph died a new dynasty took the throne of Egypt. In the eyes of the Egyptian ruler, the wealth and number of Israelites made those in power suspect a possible overthrow. The word Exodus means ‘the way out’.
The Pharaoh stole their valuables and made the Israelites his slaves. During this time a Jewish baby was miraculously rescued out of the Nile. The foundling grew up in the palace of Pharaoh, and for his first 40 years, Moses was educated as a royal. As God would have it, Moses acted to protect one Israelite slave and was consequently forced to flee from Egypt. For the next forty years, Moses lived as a person without influence. When Moses was around 80 years old he was called by God to lead His people out of bondage. For his final forty years, Moses learned what the Lord can do with a stuttering, fearful person.
God used Moses to plea with Pharaoh to set His people free. After the seven plagues of Egypt, Pharaoh relented. During the unsettling year that Moses was pleading with the palace, the children of Israel were given time to organize into a nation ready to exit their slavery. In Exodus chapter 12 you will discover that a total of 600,000 men, plus women, children dramatically exit Egypt on foot, with treasures in hand, through the Red Sea that God parted. God’s plan to free His people was executed by a reluctant Jew named Moses. The book of Exodus is the national history of the Hebrew people.
God’s redemption plan included His Way of salvation for all the nations of the world. His plan has been in place before the foundations of the world. “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” (Eph 1:4) With all wisdom and understanding, our heavenly Father makes known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, as we read the History of how the world began.
“The Lord said to Moses “I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show My power and that My Name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Ex 9:13) His grand purpose from the very beginning is to pursue us and rescue us by His unmatched authority and power.
In Exodus chapter 12 we are given a glimpse of our individual salvation (through faith which is a gift from God) in the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God. The Passover is the most riveting scene in the story of Exodus. The six hundred thousand men and their families did not know the significance of the Passover feast on the night before they left Egypt, but they believed God and obeyed. The blood of a lamb was smeared on their door posts and the angel of death passed them by. (Ex 12:3) Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 19:14)
In chapter 20 the world is given the Ten Commandments; “And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” 1) You shall have no other gods before Me. 2) You shall not make idols to bow down and worship. 3) You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 4) You shall keep the Sabbath holy as your work six days. 5) Honor your father and mother. 6) Do not murder. 7) Do not commit adultery. 8) Do not steal. 9) Do not lie. 10) Do not envy. “Then the Lord said “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.” (Ex 34:10) “Then the Lord said “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.” (Ex 34:10)
We will see in the history of the world, through the following books of scripture — that in our sinful nature, without God, we are doomed by the sins of our selfish desires. In Exodus we see the law given by God through Moses. God made a covenant, a committed agreement with Moses and it applies to those who believe today.
God is always at work and He continues to deliver His people from the power and penalty of sin, through their faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Today there is a continuing mass Exodus of souls from the enslavement of sin into the freedom of Christ. We read Exodus and marvel at God’s miraculous Way of providing for His people.
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“It is finished.” 4/20/19