Exodus is one of the formational narratives of the people of Israel. It picks up the story in Egypt, generations after Joseph, when the Israelites had increased to a population size that threatened Pharaoh, driving him to enslave them. And it depicts the provision of Moses to be their deliverer, their powerful redemption by the hand of God, their formation as a nation through the covenant God made with them at Mt Sinai, and the establishment of their laws and worship practices. The book finishes with the nation assembled together in worship of Yahweh and His glory made manifest among them, His presence to be with them throughout all their journeying.
Exodus is the people’s first real introduction to Yahweh. They had spent centuries in slavery, far from their Promised Land and long disconnected from the patriarchs of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. Their understanding of God was purely based on what would have been a fast-declining oral tradition, stories that would have seemed like fairy tales in light of the sufferings they were enduring. The very visible gods of Egypt would have seemed oppressive and powerful and their God absent at best, and non-existent at worst.
This makes the book of Exodus pivotal in the progressive revelation of God in the Scriptures. Yahweh introduces Himself to His people in this narrative, so we are going to encounter some pretty dramatic and critical truths about our God as we work our way through. Our hope is to encounter the sovereign redeeming hand of God as we grapple with how this story applies to our lives today. Join us each Sunday from 9:30am or follow along online.