Exodus” means “a going out,” or “departure” (taken from the Septuagint and the Greek noun exodos).
The book of Exodus provides the historical account of God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt’s cruel slavery.
The narrative captivates and challenges us.
In the period of Exodus, however, Egypt was a serious superpower.
People feared Egypt.
Egypt had mighty Pharaohs, they built great projects such as the pyramids, and they were in touch with dark power
Traditionally, Moses is viewed as the main author of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible, also called “The Five Books of Moses”), though he might not have written everything (e.g., Deut 34).
When Jesus quoted from Exodus (Mark 7:10) He attributed such verses to Moses.
We therefore should hold to Moses as the primary author, writing under the inspiration of the Spirit (2 Pet 1:20–21 2 Tim 3:16–17
Why would we even want to study this book?
Let me just mention four reasons.
First, we need to know God better.
We meet the living God in Exodus!
Think of Ps. 66:5-7
V. 5 “Come and see”…In this Winter/Spring Series we will see that God wills to be known and glorified.
We will see a God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” as Exodus 34:6 points out.
In encountering Holy God we should, like Moses, bow down and worship.
Second, we need to understand God’s redemption better.
Exodus is a picture of the Gospel, and we will seek to understand Exodus in relation to Jesus
in Luke 9:31, when Jesus talked with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration and Luke says that Jesus spoke about His “death,” (lit.
His “departure,”) the word there is exodos, the Greek word for “exodus.”
Jesus’ triumphant death and resurrection was the greater exodus.
Jesus would pass through the waters of death in order to deliver His people from bondage to their sin and take them to the new heavens and new earth.
In the New Testament, Jesus is also referred to as “our Passover Lamb,” using terminology from Exodus (1 Cor 5:7
Also realize there are more than just a few verses that invite us to read Exodus with Christ-centered lenses.
The gospel appears everywhere in pattern, type, theme development, and foreshadowing.
Through these and many other features, Exodus shows us redemption
And as we move through the verses of this amazing book, called the Exodus we will see that the gospel appears everywhere in pattern, type, theme development, and foreshadowing.
Exodus shows us redemption.
Third, we need to understand God’s mission (and ours) better.
The mission of the Church to be Great Commissioned people.
We need to be a people who care about the enslaved, both physically and more importantly spiritually.
Wright says it well in his book “Mission of God”
“Exodus-shaped redemption demands exodus-shaped mission”
The exodus gives us not just a model of redemption, but also a model of mission.
Finally, we need to draw lessons for living out our faith on a daily basis.
Through this series we will have examples to avoid and examples to follow from the book of Exodus.
A number of practical topics should interest us:
• Taking care of the unborn
• How God can use weak, ordinary people
• The importance of singing praise
• The nature of true community
• How to rely on God’s presence daily
• Delegation and the need to take counsel from others
• Obeying God’s word
• The issue of idolatry and true worship
As we journey through this amazing book, we will seek to understand and apply the exodus story historically, theologically, and practically.
So , I look forward to the journey we are going to take together through the book of Exodus.
Let the journey begin!