Themes By Chapter
Exodus in Greek means ‘way out,’ – this book indeed describes the way out God made for the children of Israel to be set free from there bondage in Egypt – it is a book of redemption. One of the main people in the book is Moses. As D.L Moody said – “Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody, forty years learning he was nobody and forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody!”
The exodus is a historical picture of God’s grace towards humanity, how He redeemed us through the blood of the Lamb – “for Christ , our Passover lamb , has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Exodus shows us God’s way of delivering sinful people – 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 shows us that they were written as pictures for us.
The heart of this book is the Passover, after 9 plagues had been sent on Israel the Passover angel was sent. The Israelites were only protected by the blood of the Passover lamb on there doorposts – “the blood was sufficient but not efficient unless applied” – in the same way it is no good us knowing about Jesus but we must put Him on. After the blood was applied to the doorpost then the Israelites were directed to eat – first we are saved and then we are nourished by Jesus – “my flesh is real food” (John 6:54-58) – we now can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In chapter 20-24 the law was given, the law is perfect (psalm 19:7) and because it is perfect and we are not it shows us our need for a savior. The law can be divided into two parts – laws regarding our attitude toward God and laws regarding our attitude toward our fellow humans. The final part of the book shows the construction of the tabernacle – a tent for God to dwell in. This structure is a picture of heaven, it points to Christ and His work.
1. Bondage (1-1:22)
2. The Call of Moses (2-3)
3. The Plagues (7:20-11:10)
4. The Passover (12-19)
5. The Law (20-24)
6. The Building of the Tabernacle (25-40)
Exodus 20:2 - “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Christ Portrayed as: Our Passover Lamb