Exodus and Deliverance
If you were to survey 100 people, including a lot of people calling themselves Christians and ask the question, “What must I do to have a relationship with God?” Most of the answers you would receive would go something like this:
If you want to have a relationship with God, you have to begin by making some changes. Stop sinning, sin less, get your life together, be more holy, go to church more, care more for the poor, be more compassionate. And then, once you’ve turned your life around, once you’ve decided to be better or do better for God, then you can think about having a relationship with God.
In today’s podcast, I want to demonstrate from the book of Exodus why this is wrong, terribly wrong, in fact…it’s absolutely backwards to say, “Change your life and then maybe you can have a relationship with God.” It’s never been that way with the God of the Bible. From the very beginning it’s been the other way around: “God will change you by liberating you from slavery, then, and only then are you set free to enjoy a relationship with Him.”
Exodus demonstrates that God redeems those who trust in Him, and relates intimacy to those who trust and obey Him.⇦Tweet that!
Exodus is a book of redemption and freedom. The New Testament uses the Exodus to illustrate the Christian’s redemption from the slavery of sin to the freedom to serve Christ in love (Ephesians 1:7).
The Passover Principle: Trusting in the blood of the Lamb will liberate you from sin! John the Baptizer announced Jesus Christ as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus Himself said this about His mission from the Father to liberate those who believed in Him, “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Have you been redeemed from the slavery of sin? That is, have you, as it were, placed the blood of the Lamb on the doorpost of your heart? If not, why not trust in Christ today as your “Passover Lamb” and He will give you eternal life.
Exodus and the New Testament
The Covenant Principle: If the redeemed nation Israel would be true to the Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 19), God would dwell with them intimately. They would maximize their freedom by experiencing a worshipful life, if they would obey Him. In the same way, the Lord Jesus promises an intimate experience of a worshipful life to those who will trust Him enough to obey: “You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slave, because a slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I call you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father” (John 15:14-15).
I hope you’ll listen to the audio of this podcast because Genesis tells the story of a gracious God encouraging His worn out and enslaved people. The purpose of Genesis is clear: People of God, trust your all-powerful and faithful Lord.