Moses would have written the Book of Genesis from previous documents; perhaps Moses even wrote Genesis from divine revelation. Now the book of Exodus begins.
The Message of Exodus
Exodus is the story of Moses himself and this book comprises the subject of his life and work. The story of Moses life also, we will see, continues from exodus through the Leviticus, numbers and Deuteronomy and he himself wrote these books.
The book of Exodus describes the slavery of God’s children in Egypt and how God raised up Moses as their deliverer to free them from the harsh and callous treatment that they were suffering under the Egyptian taskmasters. It is the account of how God use Moses to lead them out of slavery and the bondage they suffered in Egypt; it is an account of the way God miraculously led them through the Red Sea and then cared for them in the wilderness. All these things written about the Israelites coming out of Egyptian slavery, are not simply historical facts; they are pictures of how God deals with his children today. They are illustrations of how He leads his children out of the slavery of sin into the Salvation in Christ. Exodus is like a ” Pictures book” illustrating how He provides for us in our journeys through the wilderness and the various testing experiences in our Christian lives.
The Redemption In Christ
The book of Exodus then is a picture, an illustration, of redemption in Christ. For an example we have the slaying of the Passover lamb in exodus 12, which is a picture of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ who’s precious blood protects His people and give them salvation. According to the Apostle Paul’s writing in first Corinthians chapter 10, the passing of the children of Israel through the Red sea is a picture of Christian baptism. It is a picture of how we are identified with Christ in The Waters of baptism.
The account of the pillar of cloud by day and the fire by night that followed the children of Israel all the journeys in the wilderness is a picture of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit that leads to Church and every born again child of God today.
A Picture of The Church – God’s Dwelling Place
The building of the tabernacle in the wilderness and how God came to dwell in this tabernacle to be at home with his redeemed Hebrew people, illustrates the presence of God dwelling with his people the Church today.
Then there is the account of God feeding the Israelites with manna in the wilderness and quenching their thirst with water from the rock. These things typify the provision that God gives to his children today. Daily He feeds us with our food. which is our daily portion of Christ and the Holy Spirit typified by the water from the rock.
Jesus spoke about this Mana as recorded in John’s gospel chapter six. Our Lord Lord said that he himself is the REAL Manna; that the account of the daily manna is a reference to himself.
Jesus said, ( John 6: 32 to 36 ) – Verily, verily, I say unto you, It was not Moses that gave you the bread out of heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which cometh down out of heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 They said therefore unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 Jesus said unto them. I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
The Church’s Warfare
The book of Exodus also deals with the Warfare of the people of God against evil. The children of Israel fought many battles against evil and hostile tribes as they travelled. These evil peoples represent the evil we have to wage war against in the power of the Lord. There is the Evil that is deep in your own nature. Then there is the evil that comes from the opposition of the world and the devil.
To summarise, we see the picture of Christ all the way through the book of Exodus. The central message of Exodus is that Christ is the Redemption, salvation and supply to God’s people. Christ is also the means and the way for them to worship and serve God so that they may be built up together with God and well with him.
Jesus Christ is the Passover lamb. Christ is the great saviour typified by Moses leading the children of Israel out of the clutches of pharaoh who is a picture of Satan. He is the living water which typifies the supply of the Holy Spirit and He is the daily Manna that feeds us spiritually every day.
In the book of Exodus the Red Sea typifies Christ’s death. We are baptized into this mighty and beautiful death and it is this death that frees us from slavery and brings us to a new Canaan – a land of peace, provision and blessing.
First Corinthians 10:2 together with Romans 6:3 inform us that those who were baptized into Christ are baptised into his death.