Update 2021-02-07: old links removed.
The Book of Exodus is the story of the first nation to be liberated from human rule and established as a kingdom under God’s direct rule.
YHWH becomes their king when he liberates his people (Ex 1 – 14), enters into covenant with them (Ex 15 – 25), and comes to live among them (Ex 25 – 40).
Explore this story with me over six Monday evenings (7 – 9 pm) at Riverview Church.
Two sessions each night:
|“Let my people go!”
a) How God’s people became slaves
b) Two realities: God and oppression
1 – 2
3 – 6
|“I am YHWH”
a) Purpose of the plagues
b) Death and deliverance (Passover, Red Sea)
7 – 10
11 – 14
|A kingdom of priests
a) Israel’s new ruler
b) A nation under divine law
15 – 19
|2 Apr||Easter break|
a) Laws of the covenant
b) Committing to God’s kingship
21 – 23
24 – 25
a) Tabernacle and sacrifices (provisions for God)
b) Servants and furnishings for God’s house
26 – 27
28 – 31
a) Israel’s unfaithfulness versus God’s faithfulness
b) Finishing what they began: God among his people
32 – 34
35 – 40
If you want to prepare, you’ll find a brief introduction to Exodus (and other Bible books) in this book:
- Gordon D. Fee & Douglas K. Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002).
Available from Koorong or Book Depository (paperback), Kindle or Logos (digital)
If you want a commentary specifically on Exodus:
- Douglas K. Stuart, Exodus. New American Commentary. (Nashville: B & H, 2006).
Podcast and notes will be available after the course. (Link will be added here.)
What others are saying
J. Goldingay, Old Testament Theology, 1: Israel’s Gospel (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003), 331-332:
A king [i.e., Pharaoh] confronts Israel, so Yhwh becomes a king in order to confront this king and play him at his own game, as king delivering Israel from Egypt with powerful decisive acts.… Yhwh has dethroned that king. He no longer reigns over Israel as he did. Instead of being ruled by the king of Egypt, henceforth Israel will have the benefits of being ruled by Yhwh, the world ruler.
N. T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began: Rethinking the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion (SPCK, 2017), 181:
The entire Passover context made sense of the entire event that Jesus envisaged as he went up to Jerusalem for that final visit. Passover said, “Freedom—now!” and “Kingdom—now!”