The book of Genesis means “Beginnings,” and it is there that we learn that God reveals the origins, or beginnings of man, sin, and the earth. This book was centered on a family.
Exodus means “Exit,” or “departure,” and in this book we see God doing two things:
He is redeeming His people – This book is centered on a nation
He is revealing Himself to His people – He reveals Himself to them as their God.
This book can be broken down into three basic sections:
- Ch 1-12 – Israel reviled by bondage in Egypt
- Ch 12-18 – Israel redeemed by the blood of the lamb
- Ch 19-40 – Israel regulated by the book of the Law
There is a time of about 400 years between Genesis and Exodus and as we begin in this book, we see that Joseph and all of the heads of each tribe have died. We also will see that the people of Israel don’t have the favor that they once had and that they are experiencing terrible bondage.
Yet we know that they are right where God wanted them to be.
God placed Israel in Egypt for three reasons:
- To prepare His people for the Land of Promise – Egypt was a good place for them to grow and flourish. Many times struggle and adversity are the best cauldron for growing and becoming closer to God
- To prepare the land for His people – In His mercy He allowed the Amorites 400 years to repent. – Genesis 15:16
- To prepare Moses to lead the people – Moses needed to spend time in the wilderness in order to lead the people through it. God could have redeemed them with one word but He chose to work with and through His creation.
You could say that these two books and their themes are our story as well.
Much like Genesis, in the beginnings of our walk with God, we are in the darkness of sin and God brings the Light into our lives. This Light is Jesus Christ:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ
We have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and much like in the book of Exodus, we are redeemed from sin and now we depart from the world. We live in it but we are no longer a part of it. We are much like Moses when he named his sons Gershom. We are strangers in a strange land, working and waiting for our Promised Land, the “rest” of Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God takes us out of Egypt, the world, and He changes us, but there are times when He may or may not send us back. Back to where our lost friends are; back to where those folk who laughed at us are. Oh, that we might have the bravery to be like Moses; to say what God tells us and to be a witness to the wondrous gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. That is my prayer for myself as well as you.