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Exodus: Life in the Promise

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We are beginning our new series in Exodus. 

I. Why study Exodus? Exodus is the gospel story of the O.T.

A.  To Know God’s Salvation. Exodus gives the paradigm for God’s salvation. And we are commanded to remember this God who brought us out of the slavery and oppression of Egypt.

B.  To Live Out of God’s Salvation. The basis for the commands of God and the call to obedience to them are presented as a response to God’s rescue. “I am the Lord who brought you out of slavery – you shall have no other gods before me.”

Everything about the Christian life is premised on the idea that He is the Lord who brought us up out of our bondage. It is what we must never forget. The moment we lose sight of this, forget it or even diminish its significance is the moment all proper motivation for the Christian life is gone.

C. To Enjoy the Freedom of God’s Salvation. Exodus gives us hope for being set free from things that are too powerful for us. Whether oppression from without or bondage from within, God is mighty to save.

2. How to Read Exodus. 

A. Exodus is about Christ.

  •  The whole Bible is theological - it’s about God, not about you or me. And because it’s about redemption - it is Christological - it’s ultimately about Christ.

 - Scriptural support regarding seeing Christ in Exodus:

  • For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Cor. 10:4
  • Jude 5 “Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.”
  • Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
  • Luke’s record of the transfiguration – (Lk 9:30) And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem
  • ~“departure” = “exodus” – no booths! Exalt Christ above the other two.
  • ~“The exodus itself (Jesus’) recalls the great OT event of salvation and suggests that Jesus is doing something not just equivalent, but even greater.” Bock

“The exodus finds its ultimate meaning and final interpretation in the person and work of God the Son.” Philip Ryken

B. Exodus is to us.

“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.” (v.6) “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” (v.11)

  • Exodus is ultimately for worship.
  • The first half of Exodus is about rescue and wilderness. The second half is about worship.

We were made for worship - we were rescued for worship. God delivers his people in order to make them his own and fashion them into a worshiping community.

3. Where do we begin?

A. Look back on the promises

to Adam, Noah, Abraham: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”

B. Look forward to the fulfillment.

  • During Exodus, the Israelites were living in the promises of God.
  • We can make sense out of our lives by remembering that we, too, are living between the promise and the fulfillment of the promise. We are living in the last days - between Christ’s first coming and second coming.

“. . .human history reflects a tension between what was accomplished at the first advent of Christ and what awaits consummation at the second. Thus we live in “this present evil age” but partake, in part, of the glories of the “the age to come.”  Sam Storms

 

WALK IT OUT:

1. Ron spoke about having to be rescued from something too powerful for us - whether it’s from within or from without. Exodus is ultimately about rescue and worship - before we begin the series, can you identify an area in your life where you need rescue… so that you can be free to worship?

Ron asked at the end of the sermon - what does living in the end of the age produce in us?

2.  Read 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10. List out what Paul as a servant of God experienced. Can you relate to any of these trials or hardships? How do these things show up in our culture/society? How have you personally experienced some of these things?

3. Now list out what it produced. (see verses 6-10) How does God use hardships to produce these things in us? How can this help us respond in times of personal trials? How does it help us view our situation and how to pray?