“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.” Exodus 3:7-8
Exodus is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It’s a story of God’s supernatural rescue of the Israelites from Egypt’s oppression. Despite the supernatural rescue and despite the miracles, the Israelites rebel and turn away from God. The beauty of this story is it reminds us that imperfect people can still get to know a God who loves them perfectly.
Moses wrote this book for the Israelites as a reminder of how God rescued them from slavery. Exodus is a book that details God’s progressive revelation to his people. It’s the book where God establishes trust, makes Himself known, and establishes the law to give a framework for how His people can know him and be set apart as His.
Exodus reveals God’s direct involvement in human history, his concern for the oppressed, and the lengths that He will go to reach the people He loves.
We pick up today with chapter 12: the Passover—one of the central events in the history of Israel, and yet another foreshadowing of the perfect sacrifice.
Just as the Israelites were called to trust God for deliverance from their bitter enslavement to the Egyptians, so are we called to trust Jesus for deliverance from our enslavement to sin.
The details of Passover provide another glimpse of the thread of redemption:
We also see numerous other New Testament references to the Passover.
Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians:
“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
Jesus said to people on the road to Emmaus:
“How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27
While Passover was the beginning of Israel’s redemption, it foreshadowed a much bigger redemption plan for the world.