Exodus – January to May 2019
To know the story of Exodus and God’s people is to recognize it as our own: The wonderful truth is that God draws us out to draw us in.
Through this series, we hope to learn the story of Exodus, grow in our awe and worship of God and celebrate the One who draws us out of our sin, our darkness, and our estrangement, and draws us into relationship with Him.
The biblical account tells us that more than 400 years passed from the time God made His promise to Abraham, and the Israelites still had not seen its fulfilment. A new pharaoh – one who knew nothing of Joseph or God’s promises – ruled over Egypt.
The Egyptians feared the Hebrews, that they would grow into a mighty nation and overtake them, so they forced them to work as slaves. Day after day, the Israelites worked in the heat of the sun and sand, the taskmasters whipping their backs, sweat stinging their wounds. But the nation of Israel continued to grow.
Would! Could God keep his promise? The book of Exodus is not simply an inspiring tale from the past. It is our story too. Jesus sets us free from slavery to sin. He is our Passover Lamb, whose sacrifice rescues us from judgement and death. He is God’s presence on earth, God ‘tabernacling’ among us. We have seen God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. And his resurrection is the beginning of a new creation.
Exodus is an exciting story. It is a historical story. And, as it points us to and inspires us to worship Christ, it is our story.
Grace and peace