The Exodus Pattern
The Exodus wasn’t the first biblical deliverance. Abram and Sarai traveled to Egypt during a famine, and the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his household for marrying Sarai. Pharaoh ordered Abram to leave when he realized Sarai was his wife, not his sister. This parallels the Ten Plagues God brought to convince Pharaoh to release the Israelites.
This exodus pattern recurs throughout the Bible, from Lot’s flight from Sodom through Jacob’s stay with Laban. God delivers Israel from Egypt in Exodus, following the patriarchs.
Exodus has several connected stages
- The people of God have to leave their homes because of a threat.
- The Serpent tries to hurt the Woman and her offspring.
- Misinformation is used to fool the Serpent.
- God’s people are enslaved.
- God helps his people while punishing those who hurt them.
- God saves his people by stepping in.
- The Serpent puts the blame on the good and accuses them.
- God makes the false gods look bad.
- The people of God leave with what their enemies have given them.
- God brings his people to the Holy Land.
- A place of worship is set up.
The Exodus Journey
During the escape, God revealed his covenant identity. God reveals himself via the exodus by revealing his name at the burning bush, sending plagues upon Egypt, revealing the Law at Sinai, and delivering his people. Exodus reveals God’s character and commitment to his people.
It’s as if God stamped his signature on a blank canvas labeled ‘Exodus’ before creating a masterpiece. Exodus proves God’s authority over other gods. God beats all the Egyptian gods in every aspect of creation. God exhibits his strength from the life-giving Nile to the heavenly sun. By the time the people reach Sinai, they’ve seen God’s constancy, compassion, might, infinite reach, and majesty. The Law begins by reminding Israel of God’s exodus labor.
Passover, which commemorates the Exodus, is fundamental to Israel’s identity.
The exodus inspires prophetic hope. The migration memorial is retroactive and foreshadows a future departure. Prophets like Isaiah used the exodus to foretell a future deliverance for God’s people. The exodus was a declaration of God’s good purpose for his people—that they might serve him without fear all their lives—and each celebration of the exodus looked forward to that day.
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