The second book of the Bible is electrifying in its narrative content. There is a reason that so many stories, films, and productions have been made about the exodus of Israel from Egypt; it is just that thrilling of a story.
Like Genesis, Exodus follows two major divisions. The first being this electrifying narrative of Moses leading God’s people from bondage in chapters 1 through 18.
In these first chapters, we find the continued story of Abraham’s decedents, God’s chosen people. Some four hundred years has passed, and all the major characters of Genesis have passed away (Jacob, Joseph, eleven brothers, etc.). While in Egypt God begins to fulfill the aspect of His covenant with His people in allowing them to be fruitful and multiply. According to Exodus 1:7, “...the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.” This is an evident sign that God’s blessings are richly upon His people.
Unfortunately, the blessings of God were seen as a threat by Pharaoh. Egypt becomes one of the most referenced locations to represent the fallen world system than any other nation. This is because Egypt rejects God in person, and in practice in every way. Egypt not only did not worship God, they sought out to snuff out those who did. In an attempt to accomplish his world-view, Pharaoh eventually had babies drown in the Nile River. This plan Would back fire on him though, as God used that very river to protect the future deliver, Moses.
God in His love and redemptive purpose, allowed Moses to go through circumstances that brought him to the place where God could use him. Moses returned to Egypt with the famous statement, “let my people go”. Pharaoh again showed his rejection of God’s plan, and instead hardened his heart. Throughout the ten plagues, the heart of Pharaoh becomes harder and harder as he rejects any attempt of God’s will to be accomplished.
The final plague, the Death Angel, gives us one of the most beautiful pictures in all the Bible of God’s intention to save. The blood of a spotless lamb would cause the Death Angel to Passover their house and spare their firstborn son. Temporarily, Pharaoh allows the Israelites to leave, but soon chases after them. In the end, Pharoah and his armies are drown, and God brings His people out. Their song on the other side of the Red Sea, “The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.” - Exodus 15:18
We reach our second section from chapters 19 through 40. It is in these chapters, that God begins to give the Law to man. The major aspect of the Law received in Exodus in that of the Tabernacle.
At Mount Sinai, God appears to His people and delivers the Law to them through Moses. Through all the proceedings (until Leviticus), Moses acts as a mediator or go between for God and His people. The ten commandments are received, and detailed instructions about the Tabernacle furniture. The stage is already being set for God to outline the requirements of sinful man to To have communion with Him. In order to approach a Holy God, a place is created.
Although the ending of the books can seem mundane and dry to some, look past the instructions to God intent to meet with His people. Each and every aspect of His Tabernacle point to His redemptive plan in the person of Jesus Christ.
This book is both exciting and informative, and each of it’s forty chapters will encourage you in your walk with the Lord through the Word.