God shows up in mighty and miraculous ways throughout history. Exodus shows God in all his wonder.
Israel had been in Egypt for 400 years. They were slaves in a foreign land. They were waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham—waiting for the Promised Land. There was one bring problem. Pharaoh. The god-complex ruler of Egypt made it his mission to stand between Israel and their God. That wouldn’t last long. He was no match for the Creator-God.
God would use Pharaoh’s decree to murder every Israelite son. One Hebrew couple defied this decree. When they could no longer hide their baby boy, the mother placed their son in a basket and into the Nile, trusting God’s will for his life. In God’s plan, Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket, caught in the reeds beside the river. She adopted the baby into her family and named him Moses.
Moses grew up in the palace walls, but he was never really an Egyptian. When he saw the oppression of his people he took action. This led Moses on a wild journey that would lead the people of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Along the way, both Moses and Israel would witness the wonders of God. Moses was first introduced to God through a burning bush. Then God would lead his people out of Egypt following 10 plagues, by a pillar of cloud and fire, through splitting the Red Sea, and by providing manna from heaven and water from a rock. No generation in human history saw God work like this before or since.
The story of Exodus is also our story. Like Israel, we are God’s people. He draws us out of our sin (our Egypt), and draws us into His presence (into relationship with Him). Come let us behold God and be in awe of him together.
filled with awe and wonder,