Exodus is the second book in the Bible, but it’s not second class! It tells the story of “the Exodus,” when God used Moses and Aaron, the Ten Plagues, and parting the Red Sea to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the wilderness of Sinai. It tells us how God called Moses into his presence atop Mt. Sinai and gave him the Law including the Ten Commandments (20:2-17). Exodus also explains how the sons of Aaron became priests in Israel and how the Israelites made the Tabernacle as a place for God to make his presence known among them—to live in their midst (29:46). God has always wanted to live among those who love him and still does. Today, he lives among us through the Spirit in the church (2Corinthians 6:16).
Whenever you try to remember what Exodus is about, just think “leaving.” Israel left Egypt. Remember also that the first Exodus that took place about 3,500 years ago showed us God’s heart and much of his plan for the faithful and foreshadows the second Exodus that is happening today through the church. Through Christ, we have been delivered from bondage to sin. Our baptism parallels the crossing of the Red Sea (1Corinthians 10:1ff) and we’re now in the Wilderness of trial and testing, each of us tasked with learning to fully surrender our lives to trust God while God provides for our needs. Like the land of Canaan awaited the ancient Israelites, a heavenly Promised Land and final, blissful, permanent rest and reward awaits all the people of God of every age when Jesus returns (Hebrews 4:9).
Nurture your habit of reading the Bible together as a family this week. You can easily read it through together every year, and it’s worth the effort. There are many Bible reading plans online. You can pick up a One-Year Bible at a Christian bookstore, or order one online. I suggest the ESV.
If I had to pick just one passage to memorize from Exodus, it’d be Exodus 3:13-14. It’s an excerpt from Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush, when God called him to go lead his people out of Egyptian bondage. Here it is from the (HCS):
Then Moses asked God, "If I go to the Israelites and say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, 'What is His name?' what should I tell them?" God replied to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you." God also said to Moses, "Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.Finally, here are a few links to some family friendly books and activities about the Book of Exodus: