The Exodus Experience

Exodus is the foundation of theology in which God reveals His name, His attributes, His redemption, His law and how He is to be worshiped. Here we discover that Yahweh is the God of history, for there is no one like Him: majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders. Neither the affection of Israel nor the plagues in Egypt were outside His control. Pharaoh, the Egyptians and all Israel saw the power of God.

The foundation of Biblical ethics and morality is laid out first in the gracious character of God as revealed in the Exodus itself and then in the Ten Commandments and the ordinances of the Book of the Covenant, which taught Israel in a practical way the principles of the Commandments.

The book concludes with an elaborate discussion of the theology of worship. Though costly in time, effort and monetary value, the Tabernacle, in meaning and function, points to the chief end of man: “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

By means of the Tabernacle the all powerful, unchanging, and transcendent God of the universe came to DWELL or TABERNACLE with His people, thereby revealing His gracious nearness as well. God is not only mighty in Israel’s behalf in redemption, but He is also present with them.

The final four verses of Exodus close the theology of HUMAN REDEMPTION in this amazing book. Here we behold the perfect accomplishment of God’s purpose of GRACE. Notwithstanding man’s failure, Israel’s sin of the Golden Calf, the broken tablets of stone—in the end, grace super abounded over sin, and all the counsels of God were made good by Moses—who typifies our Mediator, Christ Jesus.

Israel constructed the Tabernacle and its furnishings as well as the priestly vestures just as the LORD Commanded and Moses erected the Tabernacle just as the LORD commanded.

To a people redeemed, a mixture of stiff-necked and obedient, Yahweh comes to dwell in their midst. Exodus 40:34-35—

Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

This final scene has at least four foreshadowings.

FIRST in John 1:14 we see the glory filling the Tabernacle is fulfilled in Jesus Christ—

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling [literally, His TABERNACLE] among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

SECOND in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we see the glory filling the Tabernacle is fulfilled in the Christian—

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.

The Temple is a more permanent Tabernacle. God’s glory fills both structures. Moreover, God’s glory dwells or tabernacles in each born-again believer. The Father and Son desire to fill our life through the Holy Spirit as the Tabernacle was filled with God’s glory. Paul writes in Ephesians 5:18—

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

As wine controls the drunkard, so God desires to control the believer by the Holy Spirit. Only the Spirit filled believer is able to experience Romans 15:13—

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hence, the Tabernacle filled with glory of God pictures the victorious Christian who experiences the fullness of the LORD.

THIRD in Isaiah 60:1-3 we see the glory filling the Tabernacle will be fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom when Christ comes to reign on the earth for a thousand years—

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

FOURTH in Revelation 21:3-4 we see the glory filling the Tabernacle ultimately will be fulfilled in the New Earth—

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling [literally, the Tabernacle] of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

God’s glory filling the Tabernacle pictures Christ in His first and second comings as well as the Christian filled with the Spirit.

Embedded in the account of the Exodus is God’s raising up His servant Moses to liberate His people from Egyptian bondage, to inaugurate His earthly kingdom among them by bringing them into a special national covenant with Him, and to define the narrow way into the future with Him.

The future is very uncertain as the Book of Exodus opens. The descendants of Jacob were fruitful, multiplied greatly, and became exceeding numerous so that the land of Egypt was filled with them. A new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. He feared the Hebrews would over power them so he put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They worked the Hebrew slaves ruthlessly and made their lives bitter with hard labor, but they still multiplied.

The first chapter defines the gloom and doom of bondage of people enslaved by the world, the flesh, and the Devil, and it ends with their destiny—

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live” (Exodus 1:22).

Oppression and death appears to be the future of Jacob’s descendants. All in Egypt belongs to Pharaoh— including the Hebrews. And Pharaoh is out to destroy them! Of course, EGYPT typifies the world, PHARAOH typifies Satan, and HIS PEOPLE typifies the children of the devil. The world and its inhabitants are the possessions of Satan. In this light, Jesus told the parable of Mark 3:27—

In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.

Chapters 2-14 of Exodus illustrate this parable. The STRONG MAN is SATAN, his HOUSE is the world, and the ONE WHO ENTERS is JESUS. But at this point in history, the characters are PHARAOH and MOSES! Moses enters Pharaoh’s house and robs him of his possessions—not only the Hebrews, but also the wealth of Egypt.

Chapter 2 opens with the Hebrew deliverer and mediator being born into the world. He is spared by Pharaoh’s daughter, who draws him out of the Nile and takes him into the house of Pharaoh, naming him MOSES!

At age forty, Moses desiring to deliver his people kills the Egyptian taskmaster, thinking the Hebrews will follow him. Nevertheless, his plot fails since it is not God’s plan or timing. Moses flees to Midian and spends the next forty years in the desert—tending sheep. The proud and self-sufficient Moses is being humbled. Suffering precedes glory!

Unlike chapter one, chapter two ends on a bright note of hope for the Hebrews—

During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them (Exodus 2:23-25).

God will hear the cry of every human being enslaved by Satan when they cry out to Him with groanings for help. It is the poor in spirit whom God delivers from bondage.

Moses has become poor in spirit and is now prepared, although not ready, to shepherd God’s people. Yahweh appears to Moses in the burning bush on Mt. Sinai and tells Moses in 3:7-10—

I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

This foreshadows God sending His Son into the world to rescue us from the bondage of the world, the flesh and the devil. Often people refuse to call out to God for help until their suffering and oppression reach an unbearable point. The Israelites were in Egypt almost four hundred years until they cried out for help and it was only when the oppression became insufferable.

Its amazing, but people grow accustomed to bondage! Billions prefer to live under Satan’s oppression rather than God’s freedom! Moses and Aaron arrive in Egypt and confront Pharaoh in Exodus 5:1-2—

“This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.'” Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.”

Pharaoh responds by increasing the burden—ordering the slave drivers and foremen not to supply the people with straw for making bricks. In turn, the Israelite foremen blast Moses and Aaron in 5:21—

May the LORD look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.

Moses is caught between a rock and a hard place. Having failed with Pharaoh and having received a tongue-lashing from the Israelite foremen, Yahweh encourages Moses by affirming His promises in the Abrahamic Covenant in Exodus 6:

I will bring you out.
I will free you.
I will redeem.

When everything seems to go wrong, the thing we need most is an encouraging word from the LORD. Yet, so few turn to God’s promises in the Bible for encouragement and sustaining strength.

The Good News of Scripture is that God uses NOBODIES and makes them SOME-BODIES. He can take failure and turn it to success. Moses expected to deliver the Israelites at age 40, when he was SOMEBODY, but God’s plan was that Moses would redeem them at age 80, when he was a NOBODY. Now Moses had to lean upon the LORD, trust Him, and acknowledge Him in all His ways.

Chapters 7-14 records nine more failures on the part of Moses as Pharaoh’s heart grows harder and harder, and more determined not to let God’s people go. Yet, under the surface of the nine plagues is the BATTLE OF THE GODS—and Moses and Aaron and Yahweh are the real winners of the nine hostile encounters. The battle pitted Yahweh, the true God, against all the false gods of the Egyptian pantheon, backed by a host of fallen angels (demons) who had turned from God as part of Satan’s rebellion. Satan desires the worship of man and he gets it through false religion.

Systematically, the LORD destroys Egypt’s false gods and religion with the miraculous signs. Moses enters the strong man’s house and ties him up so that he takes his possessions. The final strike of the Battle of the Gods came at midnight of Abib 15, 1446 B.C. The LORD struck down all the firstborn of the Egyptians. The darkness of the night matched the darkness of the deed. No Egyptian household was spared, not one. The destroyer, however, passed over the Israelite households with sprinkled blood of lambs on the doorframes.

With His mighty hand and outstretched arm, Yahweh performed the greatest act of redemption in the OT—foreshadowing the greatest act of redemption in the NT—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Exodus 12:40-41 states—

Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.

Like the Exodus, Calvary occurred exactly on God’s timetable—not a day too soon or a day too late—to the exact day. God works on a divine calendar, which He makes known in the feasts of Israel. God knows what He is going to do and when He is going to do it. He overrules history! His Word is certain and unbreakable. He has kept His promises.

The Christian life is marvelously pictured in chapters 12-14. The Israelites are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, the firstborn are consecrated to the LORD, all males are circumcised and the people are commanded to celebrate the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. God redeems us by His Son’s blood from the bondage of the world, the flesh and the Devil, so with our hearts circumcised by the Holy Spirit, we might consecrate ourselves to God and celebrate the Festival of Holy Living.

Immediately, the testing of Israel’s faith begins. Instead of taking the short route to the Promised Land, God leads them into the desert. He does this so Pharaoh will think the Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert. Yahweh hardens Pharaoh’s heart so he will pursue them. God tells Moses to tell the Israelites TO TURN BACK! Humanly speaking, it makes more sense to travel as fast and straight as possible from Pharaoh—not to turn back towards him.

Once again, divine planning is in view. God has a strategy. He has led His people into a place of helplessness and hopelessness. The king of Egypt assumes that Israel’s divine help has run out and that they are hopelessly entangled on a dead-end road since the desert, the sea, and marshes bar their way out of this trap of their own making.

How this brings out the deep-seated unbelief! How it demonstrates the folly of human reason! The Israelites are trapped by the sea and shut-in by the desert, but it is Yahweh’s trap!

Since God is testing Israel’s trust in Him, He makes no mention of His plan of deliverance. They will not see the way out of the maze of confusion until God provides the way out. Their only responsibility is to trust Him to provide a way-out.

Every chariot and every horsemen is thrown into the pursuit of the Israelites! How will they respond?

Exodus 14:10-12—

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, `Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

The sweet smelling scent of boldness and trust has vanished in the stench of unbelief and cowardice. God desires His people to be strong and courageous—not terrified in the face of the enemy! The apostle writes in 1 John 4:4—

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Witnesses of the miraculous signs and wonders, Israel have forgotten that God had smitten Egypt with His judgments and delivered them with great power. They do not believe that He will see them through this test. For them Bondage is preferable to life between the devil and the deep blue sea!

Moses’ answer is classic in 14:13-14—

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Obedience to Moses’ fourfold command will bring deliverance. Here is the image of God as Warrior or Leader in battle and it is a sound biblical principle—LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES!

Moses lifts up his staff and stretches forth his hand the sea separates and the Israelites walk through on dry ground. EVANGELICALLY, the crossing of the Red Sea tells of the completeness of our salvation. Israel passed through the RED SEA and left EGYPT behind. The enemy that brought bondage and death was destroyed. This baptism into Moses compares with our baptism into Christ. In Christ, we are brought from death to life!

Chapter 15 records the SONG OF MOSES with it HIGH HOPES. The song is the product of a new experience, an experience of both God and people—as Liberator and liberated. The underlying purposes of God’s deliverance of Israel was to receive WORSHIP and GLORY. He told Moses in Exodus 4:22-23—

Then say to Pharaoh, `This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, “Let my son go, so that he may worship me.”

On the opposite shore, the people worship the LORD! But it doesn’t take long for worship to turn to bitterness. Redemption is the beginning, not the end of the journey! At first, life after redemption is usually challenging and exciting, but all too quickly, it can become tedious and boring—especially if we forget and forsake our first love. When that takes place, grumbling and complaining against the LORD and His leaders are not far behind. Exodus 15:22-24—

Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

The people’s song of praise has changed to a string of complaints. Bitter people and bitter water! If the heart is not right with God, bitter experiences will bring bitter words out of a bitter heart. No matter how hard you try, you cannot change your heart. But, the Good News is that God can make a BITTER HEART SWEET! Look at 15:25—

Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.

What’s the lesson? It’s better to pray than complain!

Theologically, this miracle typifies our salvation in Christ. The Hebrew word translated PIECE OF WOOD is also translated TREE in the Bible. God painted a picture at Marah—“I AM THE LORD WHO HEALS!” The TREE that takes bitterness and makes it sweet is identified in 1 Peter 2:24—

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds, you have been healed.

Since our bitterness is exchanged for God’s sweetness—sin for righteousness—we are to live for righteousness. That’s the point of the LORD making a decree and law for Israel at Marah—to test their faith and righteousness! GRACE carries with it the obligation of OBEDIENCE.

MARAH is followed by ELIM. Exodus 15:27—

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

First, the bitter waters of Marah sweetened by the tree, and then the springs of pure water and the palms trees for shade and refreshment. When we have come to Christ, drank of His salvation, and walk in obedience with Him by obeying His commands, we will experience streams of living water.

ELIM is the place of BLESSEDNESS. Psalm 1:1-3 illustrates ELIM—

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

OBEDIENCE leads to BLESSEDNESS in the Christian’s life.

RED SEA, MARAH and ELIM teach us that life is a combination of the bitter and the sweet, triumphs and trials. Mountaintop experiences are followed by valley and desert. If we are following God, however, we never need fear what comes our way. And after the trial, there is often a spiritual ELIM where God refreshes us. We must accept bitter waters with the sweet, knowing that God knows what is best for us.

All the experiences in the desert typify or correspond to the Christian experience. After being refreshed at Elim, the Israelites journeyed to the Desert of Sin. One month has passed since they left Egypt and now their food supply has run out. With this crisis, the entire congregation grumbles against God, but the LORD graciously gives to them quail and manna.

Hunger in the desert tests one’s humility—dependence upon God. Sometimes physical hunger is the purpose of God. The Spirit drove Jesus into the desert to go hungry and thirsty for forty days and nights following His baptism. There the Devil tempted Him to turn stones to bread. But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

The MANNA is similar to THE WORD OF GOD in at least fourteen ways and it has fourteen characteristics of Christ, who came down from heaven. With the giving of manna, God is teaching the Christian to feed daily on the Word—the Inspired Word—the Bible—and the Incarnate Word—Christ!

Together Christ and the Bible impart life and sustain life. One must eat the Bread of Life, not merely look at it, touch it and smell it! Jesus said in John 6:63-64—

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.”

Miraculously fed each day with manna, the Israelites are called upon once more to exhibit their confidence in God. The CRISIS-TEST of thirst and no water to drink is repeated by the LORD. Chapter 17 begins with a total breakdown of trust—thirsty people grumbling against Moses instead of praying! Again, we find that Moses prays! God tells Moses to strike the rock at Horeb and water will come out of it for the people to drink. So Moses did this in the sight of the elders. Of course, the smitten Rock is a type of Christ according to 1 Corinthians 10:4—

For they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

Here we have the refreshing stream gushing form the smitten Rock—the water is a beautiful type of the Spirit given because of Christ’s accomplished sacrifice. In Chapter 16, we have a type of Christ coming down from heaven to give life to the world. In Chapter 17, we have a type of the Holy Spirit being sent forth because of Christ’s finished work.

Incarnation on Christmas followed by Sacrifice on Good Friday and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost are the prophecies prefigured in these two chapters.

Exodus 17:8 records—

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.

REPHIDIM means RESTS or RESTING PLACES. AMALEKITES represent the flesh—our sinful nature in the Scriptures. The AMALEKITES did not attack until after the water was given from the Smitten Rock. When the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, He wants to give rest, but the flesh begins to oppose him according to Galatians 5:17—

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

The Christian life is not an easier life! When the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, and your are overflowing with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit—when you have been made partaker of the divine nature—that’s when the inward conflict begins.

The Egyptians and Amalekites represent two different powers: Egyptians picture the world; the Amalekites the flesh; and Pharaoh the Devil!

How is the battle against the Amalekites won? Joshua and some men go out to fight the Amalekites. Moses stands on the hill with the staff of God in his hands. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hand, the Amalekites were winning. We read in 17:12-13—

When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Like Moses, Joshua is a type of Christ. Moses the Intercessor was on the mountain. Joshua the Commander was in the valley. Moses’ rule on the mountain illustrates the intercessory work of Christ. And Joshua with his sword in hand pictures the Holy Spirit using the Word of God against eh enemy. Prayer and the Word of God will defeat the enemy!

Aaron and Hur helped Moses keep His hands outstretched, which are a prayer gesture. When individuals pray alone, they often grow weary like Moses. But prayer is energized when two or three pray together!

Alone Moses could not win the battle, nor could Joshua on the battlefield—help was needed for the victory. This event illustrates that a pastor who does not have the help of others in prayer will grow tired, unsteady and the people will lose the battle with the flesh!

The need for help in ministry is driven home in Chapter 18. Moses is the first person in recorded history to be headed for BURN-OUT! What Moses needed desperately was the intervention of a trusted friend. In the providence of God, Jethro arrives on the scene as a wise counselor and gets him to delegate the work. Exodus 18:17-18—

What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.

Interestingly, delegation of tasks will free Moses for the ministry of the Word of God and prayer in the rest of the Book of Exodus. The very reason the Apostles delegated work in Acts 6:3-4—

Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.

Chapters 19-40 of Exodus tell of Israel’s experiences at Mount Sinai. Here Israel is called to be God’s treasured possession, a special group of people from among all nations belonging to God.

Here the Law emerges from within the matrix of life itself. The Ten Commandments and the Book of the Covenant are given to a redeemed people who have entered into a covenant relationship with the LORD, promising to obey all that He commands. Therefore, God’s kingdom on earth is based on His covenants and a personal relationship with Him.

On Mount Sinai, Moses receives from the LORD the two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments and the instructions for building the Tabernacle—Law and Grace!

One third of the Book of Exodus is devoted to the Tabernacle. Here the Israelite and the Christian are taught how God comes to us in Christ and how we go to God in Christ. The Tabernacle, its furnishings, and the priesthood picture Christ, Salvation, and the Christian in remarkable detail.

Sandwiched between the instructions and its construction and erecting are the Golden Calf Debacle along with Moses’ intercession on behalf of the nation.

Moses’ face becomes radiant from being in the presence of God, symbolic of the Christian radiating Christ’s glory. We are not like Moses who had to wear a veil to hide the fading glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18—

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

With the LORD’S GLORY filling the Tabernacle, the nation of Israel was ready to move on. The promise of the Divine Messenger to lead the people was fulfilled. Yahweh tabernacled or dwelt in Israel’s midst, as their Leader and King, until they reached the Promised Land. The LORD, by the means of the cloud, determined whether Israel stayed or moved on. Exodus 40:36-38—

In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels.

The Israelites in the desert never attempted to move on their own wisdom or judgment. They did not vote on whether or not they should move, and Moses did not make the decision—the cloud did!

All this foreshadows God’s presence indwelling the born-again Christian, to lead, to guide in all our pursuits and travels. To set out without the guiding and leading of the Holy Spirit is not an option for the Christian. If Christ is the Lord of our life, we are to let Him take the lead and follow Him.

There is no visible cloud over the church today, but the Holy Spirit of God wants to lead and guide us. Therefore, the Tabernacle filled with the glory of God is a lovely picture of devotedness.

Implicit in this devotion is the construction and erection of our life and Christ’s church. We need to pay attention to every detail—and obey every command of the LORD—every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God—making every socket, every pole, and every ring to God’s detailed instruction and then fitting each completed part in its proper place so we honor God with our body.

At the center of Israelite encampment set the Tabernacle. Christ desires to be at the center of our life also.

We traveled through the Book of Exodus with Moses, the Israelites and God; the rest of life’s experiences lie ahead. Like the Israelites, we will be challenged by new struggles, trials and tests as we travel this earth on our journey to our inheritance—glory! The road ahead at times will be smooth; at other times it will be rocky and bumpy—mountains, valleys, deserts lie ahead. There is uncharted territory to be crossed! Yet, God desires to lead us all the way. He will not forsake us—let us not forsake Him!

Jesus has promised His followers—“and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” He wants to lead us all the way!

He wants to lead us from the gloom of the slavery of the world, the flesh, the devil and to bring us into the glory of His presence and into the very center of His will where He can lead and guide us. The Book of Exodus teaches that if we follow Him, it will be worth it all!

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