Notes on the Exodus (1)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The World-power
(Chapter 1 Verses 1-7)

Each book of the Bible has its own theme. In the book of Genesis we see the forming and establishing of God’s covenant of grace. Here, in Exodus we see the outworking, the performing of the covenant. God’s method of saving, redeeming his people. In Leviticus the theme is worship, how to, the Divine prescription for worship.  “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4 ESV). The need for redemption is clearly seen in Israel’s bondage, slavery under the Egyptians. We are presented with the mighty power of Israel’s Redeemer in action amidst the plagues, and the final deliverance. We see also the character of redemption, the purchase price, i.e., blood. Finally our minds are exposed to the duty of the redeemed, evangelical obedience. We are looking at one of the darkest eras of Old Testament history, God’s people, sojourners in Egypt, under the power of the world-power of the day. This heathen world-power typifies the rule and power of sin.
With the demise of Joseph, began the suffering of God’s people. It was unremitting, severe persecution. Therefore the decline in the condition of the people, even their very existence, their future is threatened. God separates his people from the world by means of persecution and purifies them by fire. This is the backdrop to Jehovah’s mighty acts of deliverance. He saves his people by judgment, the destruction of Egypt spells salvation for Israel, the Israel of God. The beginnings of persecution we see today in the West will continue to increase at the hands of the present world-power. Now, whether as I believe we are, facing the last of the last days, Satan’s little season, God will finally in judgment of that world-power deliver his people, in like fashion. He saves his people by judgment.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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