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The Exodus account is probably the most significant event in Israel’s national history.  It was the first time God acted with miraculous signs and wonders for a specific nation.  The people of Israel were delivered from centuries of enslavement at the hands of the Egyptians.  The effects of this event is seen by the numerous references back to the Exodus in Israel’s psalms and writings (e.g., Ps. 77, 78, 103, 105).  But why did God do it?  What was the purpose behind bringing them out of Egypt?

Moses’ gives the explanation when he speaks to Pharaoh: “The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness” (Ex. 7:16).  He gives this explanation multiple times to Pharaoh and then God further defines in after they come out of Egypt.  “Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.  They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I may dwell among them.  I am the LORD their God.

The reason God brought the Israelites is not only that they might worship them, but that he might dwell with his people.  In other words God wants a home and a family where I can spend time with.  He wants to stay and be near to his people.  But the question still remains, so what does the Exodus have to do with me?

The Exodus reveals that God wants to be with you.  He wants to establish his residence with you, spend time with you and be family together.  That is what it means by “dwelling.”  God is not angry with you or grudgingly spending time with you until you are perfect.  But right now, in the midst of weaknesses and brokenness he wants to dwell with you.  He goes through great lengths so that he can spend time with you.  He displayed his mighty power to deliver Israel from bondage and deep pain.  And he does the same for you.  He will move every mountain and cross every valley to be with you.

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The Exodus is probably the most formative event in Israel’s history apart from the coming of Jesus.  It was the first demonstration of God’s power for this nation.  Israel was under oppression by Egypt for over 400 years as it was prophesied to Abraham (Gen. 15:13).  The weight of this slavery caused the people of God to cry out for deliverance.  The emotions of God towards his people’s affliction is seen in Exodus 3:24-25.  It says,”God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Issac and with Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”

God not only heard the cries of his people, but he remembered his covenant to Abraham.  God did not forget the promises he made to him and his descendants.  And in view of those promises, God remembered and acted to fulfill his end of the “deal.”  Furthermore, God saw his people and was concerned or had compassion on them.  God’s heart was toward his people that he did not turn a blind eye to their affliction, but engaged with their sufferings and felt them himself.  He sympathized with their struggles and thus acted on their behalf by delivering them out of Egypt.  God’s love for his people led him to not just stay still, but set them free out of Egypt.

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