March 30, 2014
“And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day, it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:41)
The Book of Exodus is the record of Israel’s birth as a nation within the protective care of Egypt, the Jewish family of seventy rapidly multiplies. At God’s right time, an infant nation, numbering between two and three million people is brought into the world where it is divinely protected, fed, and nurtured.
Although several critics have challenged the Mosaic authorship of Exodus, other biblical writers attribute Exodus to Moses. These include: Malachi 4:4, John 1:45, Paul (Romans 10:5), Jesus (Mark 7:10), Luke 20:37; and others. Exodus covers the period from the arrival of Jacob in Egypt to the erection of the tabernacle 431 years later in the wilderness. During this time we see how that through God’s overwhelming acts of deliverance, He demonstrates His right to be Israel’s King.
After four centuries of slavery in Egypt the Israelites cry out to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for deliverance. God has already prepared Moses for this purpose. God revealed Himself to Pharaoh through a series of object lessons, the ten plagues.
These plagues grow in severity until the tenth brings death to the first born of every household of Egypt. The Israelites’ faith in God at this point becomes the basis for their national redemption. As they leave Egypt, God guides them by a pillar of fire and smoke, and saves them from Egypt’s pursuing army through the miraculous crossing of the sea. In the wilderness He protects them and sustains them throughout their journeys.
As we read the words ‘and it came to pass” we remember these words being spoken when something comes to an end. This could refer to a life, a marriage, or something that ceases to exist any longer. The Bible tells us that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, where the heavens shall pass away the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up. There will be new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. Thank you, Lord!
As we read the history of the Israelites,
We discover that God had a plan,
To take His chosen people to the Promised Land,
But they disobeyed Him again and again.
And through His love and mercy,
He forgave their sinful ways,
And He brought them to the land he had promised,
The Word of God conveys.
Dear Father, we praise you that you always keep your promises to us. Help us to be faithful to you. In your holy name we pray. Amen.