The theme of Exodus is deliverance; redemption. It means going out. The Holy Spirit used Moses to write the second book of the Bible. Exodus tells of the bondage of Israel, their deliverance and their journey to the promised land under Moses’ leadership. The first five verses recall the last of Genesis. Exodus begins with the death of Joseph and later details the erection of the tabernacle. The world (Egypt is a type) has enslaved God’s people; however, God is faithful. The LORD had told Abraham about all of this in Genesis 15:13-16. God is keeping His promise. What the world enslaves, God has all power to set free. When it looks like the world has forgotten God and His people, God moves in power to bring His people out. This is a great picture of how God saves sinners and frees them from the power of sin, the world and Satan.
When studying through this second book of the Bible, notice the things that reflect the New Testament. For example, Israel in bondage is a type of the bondage of sin. Moses, a type of Christ, was sent to deliver. The Passover Lamb with the blood on the two side posts and the upper door post (Exodus 12:7). All are a type of Christ and His precious blood. (An innocent lamb died to protect and deliver.) Even the manna is a type of Christ, who is the Bread of Life. Aaron and Hur are holding up Moses’ hands, which is a type of our co-operation with our leaders, pastors, and all authority. The Tabernacle is a beautiful type of Jesus, the cross, and coming into the presence of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. The giving of the law and the ten commandments show us the holiness of God. In all of this, we see the true heart of fallen man, his unbelief, rebellion and death. This should cause us to see the need of redemption. We need a deliverer, a redeemer. No one can keep all of the law. When you break one part, you break it all. (See Matt. 5:17-20). Notice Exodus 19:8. The people said “All that the LORD hath spoken we will do”. As you study through Exodus you will see they did not keep this promise, because they could not. This does not mean the law is no good or out dated. It shows why we need a Savior, the need of the comforter, the Holy Ghost, to help us each day to do His will.
May the sweet Spirit of God reveal wonderful things out of His Word (Ps. 119:18) as you study His precious Word. Colossians 1:12-18; 2:6-7; 10 “and ye are complete in him”, See I Cor. 10:5-11
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