This Sunday marks the beginning of our journey through the amazing Book of Exodus. Instead of a sermon outline, I decided to post a few thoughts that I hope will help each of us as we take this journey together.
Exodus is an Old Testament narrative, which means it tells a story. And what an epic story it is! Filled with suspense, conflict, drama, and special effects. It’s often thought of as the action movie of the Old Testament. The word “Exodus” means exit, going out, named after Israel’s rescue from slavery and leaving Egypt.
Exodus is a continuation of the Book of Genesis, along with many of it’s themes and promises:
-Creation of man in Genesis, and creation of the nation of Israel in Exodus.
–God walks with man in Genesis, and God dwells with man in the tabernacle in Exodus.
-God promises His covenant to Abraham in Genesis. God fulfills this covenant (in part) to Moses in Genesis.
Exodus is a record of Israel’s history, and more than that, a testimony to God’s character as the rescuing, redeeming, covenant-keeping God that He is. The first half of the book focuses on God rescuing Israel from Egyptian slavery. The second half is God giving His covenant to Israel. Major events like the burning bush, the 10 plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the 10 Commandments, the building of the tabernacle, (and so many other things), fill its pages.
But Moses is not the hero of this story. God is. The spotlight is on God and His character revealed. And Moses’ main role is not only as God’s chosen deliverer of Israel. Moses serves as a foreshadow of the greater Deliverer who would come later – Jesus Christ – who would deliver all of God’s people from the bondage of sin.
All through the book, God redeems. It starts with Israel as slaves building cities for Pharaoh. But it ends with Israel building a tabernacle for God. Time and time again, God showed Himself sovereign over all circumstances, even using the sin of His own people to take something bad and turn it around for good. And not only does that show God’s sovereign power, but it shows God’s love and mercy. He didn’t have to rescue them, but He did. He didn’t have to save us, but He did.
God is still speaking today through His Word. May God use this Book of the Bible in the months to come to encourage us in His sovereignty, in His love in redeeming His people, in dwelling with His people, and in knowing that one day, He will come back for His people.