The Way Out (Exodus 3:10)
Don Johnson, June 10, 2012
The central theme of Exodus is ... exodus! Or, in other words, deliverance - the theological message of the book is God's deliverance of Israel out of Egypt. The deliverance is highlighted by two words, one translated 'bring out', usually referring to the exodus of the nation from Egypt, the other is 'bring up', usually referring to the end of the exodus, that is, the Promised Land. We find that though the nation was brought out of Egypt, Egypt wasn't brought out of them. The subsequent experiences recorded in Exodus show how God is beginning to 'bring them up' out of their rebellious selves into the land flowing with milk and honey. We find that bringing out focuses on getting out of something, but bringing up focuses on getting somewhere. Believers today face similar struggles as we hang on to things of the past (or adopt new things of the world) when we should be pressing on toward Christlikeness.
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10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (ESV)