Set 4: Moses and the Exodus

Redemption is a major theme in the first part of Exodus. While we know that ultimately points to Jesus, our Redeemer, Exodus records several stories where the situations produce rich imagery about how God rescues and restores us. We see this first in the care God shows Moses as an individual, rescuing him from death both at the hands of the Egyptians and from the Nile river. We also witness God's power over creation and His people as He brings them through the Red Sea. Both of these stories point us toward baptism and God's work of salvation. God's greatest show of redemption in the story is "The Passover," where the blood of a sacrificed lamb saved the Israelites from suffering the 10th plague, the Angel of Death. We are thankful for Jesus being our Sacrificial Lamb!

Message from Sunday, October 1st

Information about the Title: Exodus the Latin form of the Greek word Exodos, which means "exit" or "departure". While we consider Exodus its own book, it is meant to be a direct continuation of the Genesis narrative (similar to the books of Luke and Acts in the New Testament).
Writer: Moses
Quick Passover Notes: Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is a Jewish festival that lasts 7 or 8 days and commemorates the liberation from Egypt. The first night includes a Seder meal, a family meal that follows a particular order of prayers, readings, and specific foods as the meal progresses. The festival is also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread because of the instructions God gave to the Israelites as they were preparing to leave Egypt. Some Christian churches commemorate Seder meals on Maundy Thursday because Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper during a Seder meal with His disciples. Strict dietary rules are followed through Passover, and certain work is prohibited at the beginning and end of the week as well.
While Passover is often given a lot of attention in the United States due to its proximity to Easter celebrations, Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - is considered the holiest of days in the Jewish calendar. 
Important Locations: 
Midian - an area in what is now the northeastern part of Saudi Arabia next to the Gulf of Aqaba
Mount Horeb - many scholars consider Mt. Horeb and Mt. Sinai to be the same, located in the south/central part of the Sinai peninsula
Egypt - exactly where you think it is!
Red Sea - in the same place as today, but the exact route of the Exodus and the point the Israelites crossed it is disputed

  1. What did you find most interesting or thought provoking in these stories?
  2. How do you see God working redemption in you as an individual?
  3. Where have you seen God working redemption in your family or in your community?
  4. What did you learn about the character of God?

God, our Redeemer, we pray that we would always be mindful of your presence in our lives. Help us to remember and see all of the times you have heard our cries for mercy and delivered us. {pause here and thank God as you remember the times He has given you deliverance in the past} We pray for struggles we have right now. {pause here and pray for your own situations or for others who know} We pray that you would provide a way out and that in the deliverance we would praise you! Thank you for giving us ultimate redemption in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Amen.

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