Exodus for the rest of us

The Book of Exodus is the account of the Hebrew people’s escape from Egyptian bondage.  It details their journey from Egypt and their encampment at Mount Sinai, where Moses received God’s commandments.

Exodus 3

1 – Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law … 2 – The angel of the Lord appeared to him in the midst of a bush that was burning with fire, yet not consumed. 4 – God called to him, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 6 – He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

7 – The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry … 8 – So I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.

10 – I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” 12 – And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.”

God performed many miracles while delivering His people from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. Some of those miracles were: Aaron’s rod turned into a serpent (Exodus 7:10-12), water turned into blood (Exodus 7:20-25), the Passover (Exodus 12:29, 30), manna from Heaven (Exodus 16:14-35), water from the rock (Exodus 17:5-7) and perhaps the most famous the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:6, 21-31)

God made a covenant with Israel on Mount Sinai and gave them Commandments by which they should lead their lives.

Exodus 20:2-17

2-3 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

While the Book of Exodus is key to the Jewish faith, it is also a wonderful foreshadowing of God’s plan for the redemption of His children.

God rescued Israel from Egyptian bondage, just as He rescues us today from the bondage of sin through Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:4 … Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.

God then made a covenant with His people through the Law (Ten Commandments).  He forgave their sins through the blood sacrifices they made.  He made a covenant with us through the cross of Calvary and forgives our sins through Jesus’ blood.  1 Peter 1:19-20 … with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.  The great difference is, the Israelites needed to make sacrifices over and over again.  Jesus’ sacrifice, on the other hand, was a one-time act that forgives all sin. Past, Present and Future.  Hebrews 10:8-10 … First He said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not desire, nor were You pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.  And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

So, just as the Israelites had to choose to journey for 40 years through deserts, over mountains, through wildernesses and crossing seas; we too must make a choice. It will not take 40 years or require a 250 mile journey.  It will require a few moments, a change in your heart and a profession of faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

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