Exodus

THE GREAT ESCAPE

From Egypt and out again: this book takes the people of God from slavery in Egypt to the other side of the Red Sea. Read the incredible stories that you may have heard in Sunday school or seen in the movies, but this time the book is so much better than the movie! Discover the incredible beginnings of a the humble leader Moses as he leads God’s people out of slavery. This is no fairy tale - these things actually happened.  See how God rescues his people and sets them free to take the land promised to their forefathers.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

 
 

 

Part One

i will free you from being slaves, and redeem you with an outstretched arm

e 6:6


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consecration & covenant

As you journey through Genesis and Exodus have you noticed the language that is used for the Israelites relationship with God. Language is really important in the Bible and once we start to recognise the way it is used it will bring our Bible reading to a whole new level.

Time and time again we hear this word “Covenant”, now I looked up this word in my Expository Dictionary of Bible Words (a great study book to get if you can) and did a quick read on it to find out more about what this word means. Let me give you a brief overview.

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Consecration & Monotheism

As we venture into Exodus I want to explain to you the term Monotheism, which might help you understand not only the Israelite community but God’s call for consecration and Jesus single-mindedness when it came to other religions and gods.

Monotheism in the dictionary means “the belief in one God or the oneness of God, it is to be distinguished from the understanding of polytheism (belief in many gods) or atheism ( the first century belief that there is no god).”

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Part Two

 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

e 14:13


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holy distinction

Have you noticed God's holy protection over the Israelites throughout the book of Exodus? And it doesn’t just start at the Red Sea when he protects them from the Egyptian chariots.

Throughout the plagues there are these obscure sentences that are easily missed, let me take you back and show you the thread of ‘holy protection’ over the Hebrews throughout the book of Exodus.

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The Ten Commandments: What to do with them today? ryan kerrison

How incredible would it have been to see a mountain shaking?! Or in the Hebrew, ‘Käl-här m'od’ (the whole mountain trembled exceedingly). Hyperbole or not, the image conjured in this narrative recount is awe-inspiring! This is what is written in Exodus 19:18. The author is describing a literal interpretation of the presence of God, inhabiting Mount Sanai, right before He imparts the 10 commandments and additional laws to Moses, Aaron, and the nation of Israel in chapter 20.

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Part Three

the lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness

e 34:6


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jesus our tabernacle

Do you know the great thing about reading the Old Testament at this end of history’s timeline? You can see the patterns and things that point to Jesus the whole way through the books. As you journey through the Old Testament, circle things in your Bibles that you can see point the way or remind you of Jesus; e.g. traits of certain people perhaps Joseph, Moses the humble leader, David the King, verses like Genesis 3:15 (who is the “he” that will crush the head of Satan?) There are over 300 prophecies that point to Jesus' first coming contained in the Old Testament. Big things also point the way to Jesus, and so today I want to take you through the Tabernacle found in Exodus 25-30 and show you how Jesus fulfils the tabernacle.

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As we venture through the Bible some might find it odd that we are introducing the study of Christ (Christology) here in the Old Testament. Isn’t the first appearance of Jesus found in the New Testament? To this question, I would say “Maybe”! Some theologians believe that Jesus appeared as an Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, whether true or not we can say without a doubt that He is from beginning to end, he is the Alpha and Omega. Prophetic utterances run throughout the Old Testament and names echo that will be fulfilled in the coming Christ.

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Part Four

my presence will go with you and i will give you rest

e 33:14


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moses: seeKing god's presence

In Exodus we watch the development of an incredible leader, Moses. Have you enjoyed getting to read the real story rather than just watching it in a movie or remembering it from Sunday school?

Moses is an amazing leader but not in the first couple of chapters.  Did you notice when we first met Moses way back in the beginning of Exodus how adamantly he fought God to not use him? Look at Exodus 3:11, the first response of Moses to God’s call is “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

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the names of god

Throughout the bible and more specifically through the Old Testament we see that names held specific meaning and therefore weren’t just a means of identification, but held significance as to the character or nature of the individual as well. Names were more descriptive and we tend to find that not only in the names of people but of places as well. Throughout the OT and much of scripture God is referred by different names, either by names He revealed to us or by names that His people ascribed to him in reference to something God had done, thus remembering His nature. Each name gives us a deeper and more intimate knowledge of the nature and character of God.

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