God intends to rescue people from bondage and bring them into a relationship with him, so that they might live abundantly in his presence. You can see this thematic flow in the outline of Exodus below.
Rescue (1-18) In Egypt and in the desert
- Out of Egypt (1-12)
- Through the wilderness (12-18)
Relationship (19-40) At Mount Sinai
- Principle (19-24) for the relationship, law.
- Presence (25-40) building of the tabernacle, the manifest presence of God among his people.
“Why would you want to study this book? First, we need to know God better. We meet the living God in Exodus! Think of Psalm 66:5-7: Come and see the wonders of God; His acts for humanity are awe-inspiring. He turned the sea into dry land, and they crossed the river on foot. There we rejoiced in Him. He rules forever by His might; He keeps His eye on the nations. The rebellious should not exalt themselves. Come and see! 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” ( Exodus 34: 6 ESV). In encountering this holy God we should, like Moses, bow down and worship (34:8).
“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. There are a number of reasons for this. In Luke 24, Jesus explained the Old Testament “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets…concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (v. 27). “Moses” here is short for the Pentateuch, which includes Exodus! Earlier, 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).” [Merida, Tony. Exalting Jesus in Exodus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), pp. 4-5]
Prayer Response: Lord, thank you for the overarching heart of love and redemption. As we go through this series would you do a mighty work in your church. Help us to understand who you are and how you save. Helps us to have a greater understanding not just cognitively but also in reality of our daily living. In Jesus’ name.
Song of worship: As we join in the chorus, let’s proclaim that He alone is our salvation. “You Are My Salvation” by Martin Smith