Feeling trapped? Are there aspects of your life that you cannot seem to get under control? Areas that seem to control you? Perhaps it’s a lie you keep believing, or an emotion that you’re holding on to which now consumes you. Or maybe it’s a pattern of destructive behavior that you feel powerless to stop. You are not alone. God’s people have often found themselves in impossible situations…humanly speaking. That is most definitely how the Israelites felt while enslaved in Egypt. But slavery did not have the final word. The Exodus is a story of being rescued and set free! It is a magnificent picture of the gospel. In it we see the grace-saturated character of God, as he relentlessly pursues his chosen people. We see how God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness, and how his love shines the brightest in the darkness.
THE THEME OF THE EXODUS STORY
There are three over-arching themes found in the Exodus story (and in all of scripture):
1. RESCUE - Salvation and Freedom from Bondage (Exodus 6:6) The people of Israel are trapped in a foreign land. They are desperate for a rescuer to free them from their bondage. God reveals himself as the “Great I Am” and with Fatherly compassion he proclaims, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings and I have come down to deliver them” (Exodus 3:7-8). With this promise, God sends Moses to rescue his people. For those in Christ, we are assured of redemption.
2. RELATIONSHIP - The Real Knowledge of God (Exodus 6:7) The repetition of the statement “I am the Lord” (6:2, 6:6, 6:7, 6:8, 6:29) is no accident or coincidence. It is God’s way of continually supplying his people with the ultimate provision: his presence. He reveals himself as a good God who is totally sovereign, and can deliver on his promise to set his people free from their Egyptian overlords. Our knowledge of God as Lord is inextricably linked to our freedom. We are the Lord’s. We belong to him. This is our new identity.
3. REST - Freedom and Peace (Exodus 6:8) God promises to give them the land that was promised to Abraham. It is the promise land filled with an abundance of provision, the most glorious of lands (3:17). For those who are in Christ, He is the peace we all long for. We can rest in him and have the hope of spending eternity with him.
THE OUTCOME OF THE EXODUS SERIES
Our prayer for this series is that we will all see afresh the loving kindness of our sovereign God displayed in the gospel: because of sin we are all trapped, but through the person and work of Jesus Christ God has provided the perfect plan of salvation (Romans 8:2-3). The end result will be a deeper understanding of our freedom; we have been freed from our bondage to self, and we are now free to experience the deepest joy by living for God’s glory. Ultimately that we would be a redeemed people, living redemptively for God’s glory.
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