1. Yahweh’s covenant with Abraham
2. Yahweh’s grace
3. His provision of a substitutionary sacrifice
4. By grace Yahweh disciplines and transforms His chosen ones
5. By grace He examines and tests their hearts
6. By grace He gives them prophecy to build up, exhort, console, teach and guide His people to repentance so that they can enjoy the future fulfillment of His promises.
When we consider all of this along with what we learned in the first 11 chapters, who would have thought that God had so much to teach us in just one book of the Bible?
Now we go on to the third unit of the Bible: Exodus 1 – 18, a unit of only 6 readings according to the calendar, from January 17th through the 22nd. While you read it, notice the following observations:
1) The main events of the unit: Yahweh redeems Israel from slavery in Egypt.
2) Yahweh’s attributes that stand out: His power to judge, His faithfulness
3) Yahweh’s main work: The redemption of His chosen people and judgment of Pharaoh
4) The main participants: Moses, Aaron and their generation
5) The main reference to Jesus Christ and the gospel: The Passover sacrifice. In the New Testament the apostle Paul will tell us, “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
6) Key observation: If the Hebrew slaves had taken up arms and risen up in rebellion against the Egyptians, how many from the chosen nation would have died? Would they have won, or would their slavery have just gotten worse? Would they have been wiped out? If they had gained their liberty by their own strength, who would have led them, and where? When we see the impressive power of Yahweh’s plagues and the miracles, we should be equally impressed with His careful preservation and mercy toward His chosen people. When the Lord fights Israel’s battles, they are protected and have nothing to fear.
May God bless your reading of this new section!