Exodus – The Way Out
“He will also provide a way out”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIVUK)
I am just old enough to remember one of the first movies about the Exodus. It was called The Ten Commandments and starred Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as the Pharoah. Now there is new film version of what must be one of the most memorable stories in the Old Testament. The word “Exodus” is from Latin, meaning “the going out” or “departure” or “the exit”, “the way out” if you wish.
How should we think about such things? Today the Exodus stories are often regarded as mythical, with little historical basis. There is an account of the Nile becoming blood from an ancient Egyptian source, and it is sometimes alluded to in commentary notes about Psalm 105:29: “He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die”. It is interesting, but it cannot be confirmed as a definite reference to the first plague because the writing style dates back before the possible dates of the Exodus. It comes from a document called the Admonitions of Ipuwer, which describes a calamity in Egypt. “The River is blood”, writes Ipuwer, and “nobles are in lamentation, while poor men have joy” (quoted from Pritchard’s Ancient Near Eastern Texts, published initially in 1950 by Princeton University Press, USA).
Jesus often referred to Moses and accepted him as an historical figure. The apostle Paul certainly regarded the Exodus events as factual and used them to help believers understand the struggles of faith. “Now these things happened as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things”, he wrote, they “were written down as warnings for us” (1 Corinthians 10:6,11). Above all, they demonstrated that “God is faithful” – “when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out…” (10:12-13).
The Exodus was the “way out” for the Israelites, who had only a rudimentary understanding of who God is. How much more will God provide a way out for us, we who have received Jesus Christ, who is the complete revelation of who God is?
The grace of Jesus is our salvation: he is our Exodus – our “way out”.
Father, thank you for your word through which we are encouraged and instructed. Thank you for Jesus, who is the living Word, and in whom we have hope and deliverance. In His name.
Study by James Henderson
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