New Series: Out of Egypt (Exodus)
Salvation and the Glory of God
There is perhaps no story more formative to the identity of ancient Israel, and therefore to the identity of Jesus and his church, than the story of Exodus.
Through its account of how God saved Israel from slavery in Egypt and made them into his special covenant people, this book provides the foundational answer to many of life’s most important questions: Who is God? What has he done? How can we know him? Who are we? Why are we here? What does he ask of us? How shall we live?That’s a bold claim. But as we’ll see—Exodus lives up to it.
Moreover, this book provides the context and categories for understanding the even greater act of salvation accomplished by God’s Son, Jesus, on the cross. There is an exodus-shape to the New Testament’s portrait of Jesus and his saving work, and also of the church’s identity and mission in him. As it’s been described,
The motif of the exodus . . . is one of the unifying images of the Bible. . . . No other [Old Testament] motif is as crucial to understand. No other event is so basic to the fabric of both Testaments. Our concepts of deliverance and atonement, of God dwelling with his people, of God taking a people for himself and so forth have their roots in this complex of events.*
The story of Exodus is not just Israel’s story; it’s God’s story, Jesus’ story, and therefore our story. So join us this year as we enter into this story to behold our salvation and the glory of God.
* L. Ryken, J. C. Wilhoit, T. Longman III, eds, “Exodus, New Exodus,” in Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (Downers Grove: IVP, 1998), 253.