LMOT-2 - Exodus: The Way Out
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LIVING MESSAGES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Living Messages of the Old Testament: Lesson 2- Exodus”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
“There arose a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph,” Exodus 1:8.
Welcome to our study of living messages of the Old Testament.
Today we're looking at the book of Exodus as we think about God's power
and His deliverance of His people. Exodus is a very interesting book. We
want to think about God's hand, His miracles, and His power in delivering
His people out of captivity.
The word Exodus itself is unique in that it means ‘the way or the road
out.’ A very practical lesson is that God will always deliver or find a way out
for His people if I trust God. If I'm willing to follow God in His way, then God
will always deliver and lead us toward that heavenly home. The key words
‘deliverance’ or ‘redemption’ God is delivering His people out of Egyptian
bondage and captivity. Ultimately He is redeeming them for that Canaan
land promise that He's made.
The key verse in the book of Exodus is 6:7. Notice these words. The
Scripture says God speaking, “I will take you as my people and I will be
your God, then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you
out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Look at God's promise! ‘I'll
take you as my people.’ Look at the care and the love of God! ‘I'll lead you
out I'll deliver you from your burden.’ Friend the same promises are made
to each and every one of us if we're willing to obey. God takes us as His
children. We become adopted sons and daughters of God, Galatians 4:4.
We become a part of God's family, Ephesians 2:14-16. We have that great
deliverance not from Pharaoh, not from the Egyptian army- but deliverance
from sin and from Satan and from a life of selfishness- if we're willing to
obey the gospel.
Key chapters to the book of Exodus would be Exodus chapter 12
where that great Passover lamb is seen ‘God makes the deliverance for
Israel.’ The ultimate climax in the burden under the Egyptians hands and
now God delivers them out of the hand of the Egyptians and that Lamb,
that Passover lamb, gives its blood so that the death one, the one who's
going to bring the death of the firstborn will not light on their house. In
Exodus chapter 20 we see as well God making that great covenant, that
great 10 commandment covenant with Israel. On Mount Sinai he delivers
the commandments- the law. They begin entering into that covenant with
The key phrase in the book of Exodus is the phrase ‘let my people
go.’ God says multiple times to Pharaoh ‘let my people go.’ Pharaoh
hardens his heart. He resists the will of God, and as result God brings
down the plagues upon him. From that phrase ‘let my people go,’ you can
see God's great care and His protection for His people. God's promised
you ‘cast all your cares upon me. I care for you,’ 1 Peter 5:7. God has
promised to aid and help us in our time of trouble. Those who wreak havoc
and do harm to the church of God and to Christians, will come under the
vengeance and the power of Almighty God.
Exodus very uniquely has three major sections. The first section is
Exodus 1 through 12 we see Israel in Egypt under bondage. Then in
Exodus 12 through 18 we see Israel as their journey out of Egypt to Mount
Sinai. Then we see Israel from Sinai on in Exodus chapter 19 through 40.
We have their time in Egypt, their journey from Egypt to Sinai, and their
time at Sinai as they begin to journey out toward the great promise land. It's
all about the journeying the way out that God gave to His people. Just as
we noticed in Genesis, there are many practical powerful lessons for living.
Today as we look at the book of Exodus, we want to notice that
Exodus is not just the story of God delivering Israel. Exodus it is a very
practical book for each and every one of us.
Here are some of the practical lessons that we see along the way in
the book of Exodus.
For example in Exodus we learn about reverence in worship. Notice
what God says in Exodus 3:5 to Moses. God says, “Do not draw near this
place. Take your sandals off your feet for the place where you stand is holy
ground.” Remember the background. Moses is on the backside of Midian
tending the flock. He looks up, and he sees this bush on fire. It's not
consumed. It gets his curiosity. He goes up to find out what this is, and
there he draws near that bush. God says ‘You take your sandals off your
feet. Don't approach me with something unclean on. This is a holy place.’
As we think today about a practical lesson, here's a very important one.
When we draw near to God, when we come into His presence to worship,
we need to realize we are on holy ground. We need reverence as we
worship the Almighty. Not only does God expect it. friend there are great
blessings and benefits in being reverent. You are what the proverb writer
said in the words of Proverbs 28:14. “Happy is the man who is always
reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.”
When I think about being reverent not only is it what God expects, but
it helps me to live a happy life because I know I am in accord with the will of
God. That's what God wants me to do. I know I'm pleasing Him. Jesus
taught us about worship in many places. He taught us not to listen to the
commandments of the Pharisees and the Sadducees and those of men,
Matthew 15:7-9. He taught us the power worshiping God correctly just as
he did in John 4:23-24. Notice what Jesus said about worship and how this
ties directly in with worshiping God reverently. Jesus said, “The hour is
coming and now is when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit
and in truth for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit and
those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” We're here to
worship the Almighty, the creator of all things, and when we draw near
worship Him we must worship in spirit- that's with our whole spirit: soul,
mind, body in truth.
How do we worship God with reverence today? We put our whole
being into it. This is not something that's mindless that something we can
just do and expect God to be pleased with that. You've got to be excited to
worship God. You need to be enthusiastic. You need to be passionate as
we worship the God of the universe.
Notice also Jesus said we must worship God in truth. What's it mean
to worship God in truth? Here's what the biblical definition would be. Jesus
said in John 17:17 “Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth.” If I'm
going to worship God in reverence and I'm going to worship God in truth
that means I've got to worship God the way He tells me to in this book. I
can't just do anything I want or anything I feel. I've got a do what God said.
When it comes to such items as praying, we need to pray with the spirit and
with the understanding, 1 Corinthians 14:15. We need to pray according to
the will of God, 1 John 5:16. We need to pray in the name of Jesus, John
15:14-17. We need to pray in such a way that it gives God the reverence
and lifts up His name as high and holy. When we sing we also need to sing
with the spirit and the understanding. We can’t just go through the song
without thinking about the words. When we are singing we need to be
We need not make additions to the will of God. What if Moses had
done something that God wasn't pleased with? Think about examples in
the Old Testament. Think about Leviticus 10. There are two young priests
who are serving in the office of priest at the altar. They're going to offer
incense and offer the Bible says an ‘unauthorized’ or a strange fire. How
did God feel about that change? God rained down fire from heaven on
those two young priests. They died on the spot. We cannot make additions
to or subtractions from what God asked. When God said ‘sing’ that's all that
He wanted us to do. God didn't want me to pick a banjo, play guitar, or beat
on a drum. When God said ‘sing’ that eliminates everything else. “Sing and
make melody.” Where? “In your heart,” Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians
For example think about it this way. Let's say that you were going to
order a pizza from a local pizza place. You order a large pizza with
pepperoni and black olives. Let’s say when the guy rings the doorbell about
30 minutes later, it's got pepperoni and black olives but also has anchovies
and pineapple. You say ‘I didn't ask for this.’ How would you feel if he said
‘You didn't tell us not to.’ Would you be happy with that? Of course not!
When you said what you wanted-that was all you wanted. The same is true
with God. If I'm going to worship God reverently, I've got to do it exactly the
way God says. God doesn't need my help, and God doesn't need your
help. God simply wants me to obey Him.
A second living message from the book of Exodus is that we see the
great I am in the power of God and Moses, through Moses, through Aaron,
and ultimately in Jesus. Exodus 3:14 God is speaking to Moses and Moses
has some questions. ‘You will deliver these people for whom?’ ‘I am going
to tell that.’ God says ‘I am who, I am. You tell him ‘I am’ sent you.’ Past,
present, and future- encompassing all time and space that's the very nature
Now as we think about that great statement: ‘You tell them I am’ past,
present, future.’ That is a perfect illustration of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. In fact in John 8:58 Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Jesus
identified Himself as the great I am- not just as Jesus, not just the Christ,
not just the Son of God, but God -part of the Godhead. Jesus is just as
much deity as the Father and the Holy Spirit. In fact did you know that God
calls Jesus God? Think about that. The Father calls the Son God. Look in
Hebrews 1:8. The Scripture says, ‘But to the Son He,’ God says, ‘your
throne oh God is forever and ever a scepter of righteousness is the scepter
of your kingdom of God the synagogue.’ The Father says to the Son ‘Your
throne oh God is forever and ever.’ Here we see He is that great I am. He
is divine. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and
the Word was God,” John 1:1. “The word became flesh and dwelt among
us, and we beheld His glory as were the only begotten of the Father full of
grace and truth,” John 1:14. When I think of Christ, I don't just think of that
one that came to earth, not just the one who made the great sacrifice. He is
Immanuel, ‘God with us,’ Matthew 1:19-21.
Another very practical lesson is seen in Exodus 12:23 as we see here
the Passover blood and how it covered the people. The Bible says, “For the
Lord will pass through you to strike the Egyptians and when He sees the
blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the
door and not allow the destroyer to come in your house and strike you.”
Here was the final plague- firstborn's going to die. In the midst of this, God
makes a way out. Take a lamb and kill it. They were supposed to put his
blood on the top and on both doorpost, and when the destroyer sees that
he'll Passover your house. As we think about that Passover lamb that's
blood He shed. Is there any type of that in the New Testament? You bet
there is! 1 Corinthians 5:7 Paul says, “and to Christ, who is our Passover.’
Jesus is our Paschal Lamb. He's the one whose blood is applied to our
spirit so that we don't have to incur the results of sin. We can escape that
which we rightly deserve by His blood. All of us have sinned. Romans 3:10
there is none righteous, no not one. The Scripture says the wages of sin is
death. Do we deserve to die and spend eternity in hell because of our sins?
Each one of us does, but the blood of Christ makes it possible for me and
for you not to have to go to hell. God's grace and God's mercy are
extended to us richly in Jesus Christ. We can escape just as they escaped
the destroyer. We can escape today through the blood of Christ. Look at
the words of Jesus as He instituted the Lord's Supper in Matthew 26:28.
Jesus said; “For this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for
many,” watch this, “for the remission of sins.” The blood of Christ is that
which is applied to our spirit. How does one have the blood of Christ
applied to his spirit? The blood of Jesus is that great sacrifice. Zachariah
13:1 and following a fountain will be open for sin and for cleansing. John
19:34, ‘when the soldier pierced the side of Jesus forth with came blood
and water.’ We have redemption through His blood, Ephesians 1:7 and
Colossians 1:14. We’re washed in the blood of the Lamb, Revelation 1:4-6.
How then does a person contact the blood of the lamb? If it is the
blood of Jesus that washes away sins, we’re washed in the blood of the
Lamb Matthew 26:28 it's for the remission of sin. If the blood of Jesus must
be applied our spirit and it washes away it cleanses us of sin, we ask then=
at what point does a person contact the blood of Jesus? Romans 6 helps
us with that. Romans 6:1 Paul teaches us, “As many of us as were
baptized into Christ, were baptized into His death.” When we contact the
blood of Jesus it is through the waters of baptism. When I obey the gospel,
when I want to hear God's word, when I believe and I confess, when I bring
that in- the final culminating step of baptism. That's when we contact the
blood of Jesus Christ. Remember it's the blood that cleanses us from sin.
At what point can we find an account to know exactly when the blood is
applied to our spirit? Can we know exactly when in conversion sins are
You remember the example of Saul, Acts 9:4 and following. Saul to
sees that great light. ‘I'm Jesus.’ ‘What would you have me to do Lord?’
‘You go into the city be told you what you must do.’ Acts 22:16 Ananias
comes to Saul who was already been praying and fasting and says ‘Saul
Saul why are you waiting?’ listen now, ‘Arise and be baptized and wash
away your sins calling on the name of the Lord.’
Friend if we don't think baptism's essential, we need to think again.
Saul’s sins were washed away at the point of baptism. We've already
noticed that is the blood of Christ that cleanses one from sin; thus, it is at
the point of baptism I contact the blood of Jesus Christ.
Now that's not the only account we see. There are multiple accounts
that show us the essentiality of baptism in salvation- contacting the blood of
Jesus. For example that great day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 when
they realized they'd killed their own Messiah, and they cried out ‘Men and
brethren what shall we do?’ The answer was, “Repent and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When were they forgiven?
Baptism was for the remission of sins. Peter makes it so clear. 1 Peter
3:21, “Baptism does now also save us.”
There's another very practical lesson we learn from the book of
Exodus. God is willing to fight for us in the fight with us. Exodus 14:1 God
says to the people, ‘I'm going to be your God. I'll be with you, and I'll fight
Friend I don't have to do it alone and you don't have to go it alone. I
have, first of all, the example of Jesus. Hebrews 4:15 ‘He was tempted all
points as we are yet without sin.” I can look at His example. I can say ‘the
Lord's been here I don't have to go down this road alone.’
Secondly we have the power of prayer. Hebrews 4:16 says ‘we can
come boldly to the throne of grace that we may find grace and mercy to
help in time of need.’ James 5:16 says, ‘the effective fervent prayer of a
righteous man overcomes much.’ I have the encouragement of other
Christians. I know that God is willing to help. His word shows me the
perfect way. Just as God was willing to fight for them, so God is also willing
to fight for us.
Now another very practical lesson: idolatry is also condemned in the
book of Exodus. God says in that great passage in Exodus 20:3-4, “You
shall have no other gods before Me.”
Do we have problems with idolatry today? We don't have as many
idols in the sense of statues and gods that people make with their hands
per se, but don't we just as well have a problem with idolatry? An idol is
anything that you worship and that takes precedence in your life. We've got
problems with those today. Money is a lot of people's idol. The Bible says
in 1 Timothy 6:6 that, “But the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil
from which some have cause themselves great harm.” Can money become
an idol? Absolutely! Can stuff and junk and things of this world become
one? Yes! If all we think about and all we live for is new home, new car,
new clothes, and all the worldly things- that becomes our idol. Friends
worldliness separates us from godliness. James 4:4 James says,
“Adulterers and adulteresses do you not know that friendship with the world
is enmity with God? Whoever therefore to be a friend of the world makes
himself God's enemy.”
Another lesson from the book of Exodus that's very practical is- we
must never follow the crowd. Just because the crowd is doing it, you can't
do whatever it is -just because it looks popular. Exodus 23:2, “You shall not
follow a multitude to do evil.” Friend we need to realize that the multitude
many times in the Bible wasn't pleasing to God. Noah and his family were
the only ones saved because the rest of the world was living in wickedness.
Look at Abraham and Lot in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was
Abraham and Lot’s family and that's it. We think about throughout the Bible
times you can see that. It's the few that have been faithful to God. We must
never follow the crowd just because the crowd is doing it.
Don't follow the crowd because Jesus taught the crowd is going down
the road that leads to eternal destruction. Notice the words of Matthew
7:13-14. Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate for wide is the gate and
broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by
it because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and
there are few who find it.” How many are going down that broad way that
way that leads to destruction? Jesus said, “Many.” What about the way that
leads to heaven? Do what's right because it's the right thing to do- whether
people like it or not. Ultimately God will be pleased with that and that's
really what matters.
Now let’s look at one last practical lesson from the book of Exodus.
It's so disheartening to see the Israelites sin of murmuring. Here is God and
God by His powerful hand leads them out of Egyptian bondage. They are
not even through the Red Sea hardly and their feet still have sand on them
from walking through it, and what do they begin to do? “Oh that we were
back by the flesh pots in Egypt! Why have you brought us out in this desert
to kill us?” Friend it was because of that that the wrath of God came down
upon those people, and they wandered in the wilderness of sin for 40
years. Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without murmuring and complaining
that you may be blameless as sons of God.” How does that apply to me?
I've got to realize in my life that things may not always go perfect and there
may challenges, trials, and difficulties- but don't blame God. We need to
realize that much of the problems, many of the problems we face, are a
result of our own sin and bad choices. Don't murmur, rather give thanks to
God. The Bible says in James 1:17 ‘every good and perfect gift comes
down from above from the Father of lights with whom there is no shadow or
variation of turning.’
We ask today, have you found the way out of sin and the way out of a
life filled with sorrow and hurt? Are you through letting Satan lead your life?
If so, won't you turn to God? Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, John
8:24. Repent of things in your life that you know are not right, Luke 13:3.
Make that good confession, Acts 8:37. Be baptized in water for the
remission of sins so that you can have the hope of heaven.
We hope you'll do that today as we study God's word together.
Study Questions for:
“Living Messages of the Old Testament: Lesson 2”
1. What did God Promise in Exodus 6:7?
2. What is the key phrase in the book of Exodus?
3. What does Exodus 3:5 tell us about reverence in worship?
4. What does Proverbs 28:14 tell us about being reverent?
5. According to John 17:17, what is truth?
6. What does 1 John 5:16 say about prayer?
7. Who is our Passover lamb according to 1 Corinthians 5:7?
8. According to Romans 3:10, who has sinned?
9. According to Matthew 26:28, why was His blood shed?
10. According to 1 Peter 3:21, what now also saves us?