Exodus is more than a departure. It's a deliverance. It's more than a
protest against Egypt. It's an answer to prayer. It's more than a social
revolution. It's a spiritual revelation of God's love.
Moses may have been content to remain in the background. God was calling him to step into the foreground - for God’s people.
is more than the story of Moses. It’s the story of Israel. It points
forward to God’s purpose for all nations. When we read the Old Testament
story, we find that God is saying to us, ‘This is just the beginning.
There is more than this.’ From Exodus to the Gospels, to Acts, to the
book of Revelation: We’re not at the final triumph yet. Like those who
have come before us - Moses, the Psalmist, the prophets, Jesus, Peter,
Paul, we must face conflict. There will be glimpses of glory, but the
full glory is still to come.
In Exodus, we see God’s people on a
journey. It’s a journey with God. It’s a journey of faith. We see the
same thing in Acts.In the work of God, there are people who are very
significant - Moses and Peter. The work of God is always bigger than
such individuals. Let us never forget the people who remain in the
background. They’re not just making up the numbers. They’re important -
loved by God and valued by God.
* What does God have to say to each and every one of us concerning His purpose for our lives?
3 and Acts 2 - God’s holiness (burning bush, holy ground, Holy Spirit);
God’s love (the redemption of Israel, the salvation of three thousand
His holiness and His love: This is what God wants to
reproduce in our lives. This is not only for big names, like Moses and
Peter. From the Father, the Son and the Spirit - new life, abundant
life, eternal life.
Before the Ten
Commandments, there is love (Exodus 20:2). There is more than law.
There is more than the exodus. There is Jesus, our Saviour. He does for
us what the law can never do for us. He saves us.
Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) - What effect do they have on us? Read
Exodus 20:18-21 - "thunder and lightning", "the mountain surrounded by
smoke", "the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance",
"don't let God speak to us, or we will die", "the people remained
standing at a distance as Moses approached the thick darkness where God
Distance, darkness - This is where the law leaves us.
If we are to move from distance to nearness, from darkness to light, we need more than the law. We need Jesus, our Saviour.
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