Day 2

Understanding Exodus Through the Cross

Genesis 15:13-15, Psalm 136:1-26, Luke 24:13-32

Jesus said the book of Exodus was about Him.

To the religious leaders who wanted to kill Him, Jesus said, “if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me” (John 5:46). And when He appeared to the travelers on the road to Emmaus after He had risen, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). Passages like these tell us there is no better way to read to the book of Exodus than in light of Jesus’ cross and empty tomb.

The entire story of Exodus rests on promises God made to His people. There is the promise the Lord made to Abraham four hundred years earlier—to take his descendants as His own and love them with an everlasting love (Genesis 12:1-3). Exodus says it was because of this ancient promise to Abraham that God delivered the people of Moses (Exodus 2:24). This has always been the way of the Lord. The grace He extends to you and me is not based on how He feels about us in any given moment. His faithfulness is anchored in ancient promises He made long before we were born. God doesn’t change. His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1).

But there is an even greater promise at work in Exodus than the one He made to Abraham. When Adam and Eve sinned against the Lord, God swore that one would come from the woman who would crush evil’s head (Genesis 3:15). The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise. Every word of Scripture that follows rests on God’s vow to redeem and restore His sinful, wayward people to Himself, which He accomplished through the ministry of His Son.

Exodus points to how Jesus would save us. We see Him in the Passover Lamb, in the bread from heaven, in the water that flowed when the rock was struck, and in the burning bush which spoke the name “I AM.” We see Him in the liberation of a people oppressed by tyranny and enslaved to the kingdom of this world. Even more, we see Jesus as the presence of God coming down from heaven to dwell among His people (Exodus 40:34-35, John 1:14).

When we stop to ask why any of these events took place, the answer is because God made a promise. He made a promise to rescue us from slavery to sin (Romans 6:18). He made a promise to lead us through the wilderness of this life (Psalm 23). And He made a promise to bring us into our eternal promised home (2 Corinthians 5:1). All these things have been accomplished for us through the sacrifice of our perfect Passover Lamb, Jesus—the Son of God (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Bible is a book of promises made and promises kept, and Jesus is at the center of them all (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Written by Russ Ramsey

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12 thoughts on "Understanding Exodus Through the Cross"

  1. RD Cogswell says:

    God is absolutely a promise keeper! Jesus is the evidence of that. God’s heart for the nations is lived out perfectly in Jesus Christ. God has always and will always keep his promises!

  2. Tim says:

    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

    Why did God create the universe with all its wonders? Why did he create mankind and place us on this earth? Why did he give us the freedom to choose to obey Him? Why did he send His Son to redeem us after we turned our backs on Him?


    Psalm 136 declares that in every thing God has ever done, He has continuously revealed His love for us — His never-ending, steadfast, overwhelming love.

  3. Matt Baker says:

    God promise fulfilled through Jesus is one of the coolest things ever! To see the whole Bible as a story of Christ from start to finish was a huge revelation for me. I never really connected the Old Testament to the New Testament, but to see them as one story now makes me that much more grateful to God for his great love!

  4. Ken Fuller says:

    I am thankful for God’s steadfast love. Today, we see it’s continuation through the work of Christ and His church. If only the many congregations of believers would see this. We are Christ’s body to serve our world in an effort to redeem them.

  5. Richy Parrish says:

    Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that was needed to reconcile our sin with God. He was the fulfillment of Gods promise to his people to break us from the bondage of sin and death.

  6. Billy Hite says:

    The grace he extends to me is not based on how he feels about me at any given moment.

  7. Bill Wilson says:

    Chesed – it’s the Jewish word translated “lovingkindess,” but it has a much deeper, richer meaning in Hebrew. The word is the expression of God’s everlasting covenant love for His people, and it’s this promise that we studied today. God is a God of promises. He also loves foreshadowing. There are so many images of Jesus in the OT, that we can easily miss them. That children’s story about water coming out of the rock that was struck. Jesus is the Rock that was struck; beaten and bruised on our behalf and now offers water that we may thirst no more. Jesus is the fulfillment, embodiment, and continuation of God’s “chesed” for His people.

  8. Sam Allen says:

    How comforting to know that God’s faithfulness does not depend on my own merits or efforts, but on His promises.

    That gives so much certainty and hope for change in this life – because God has promised it – and the final redemption to come – because God has promised it.

    Also, what a great reminder that the Scriptures – ALL of the scriptures(!) – are about Jesus. That gives me perspective again for what The Bible is for.

    Lord, thank you that I can hold You to Your promises, as I cling to those promises too. Thank you for your promise that You will bring the good work to completion that you started.

  9. Jared Fisher says:

    This whole devotional reminds me of a message that I heard a few weeks ago. The topic was ‘living like salt’ and what that exactly looks like. He talked about salt promises, and the significance of that in the Bible and in our lives. A salt promise is when two people take their own salt and mix it all in a bowl. The only way to break this promise is the separate your salt from the other persons salt. Which is near impossible, meaning that God making these sorts of promises means that He plans on keeping them. Nothing is going to stop Him from keeping the promises. This is a good reflection on that.

    Living knowing that God’s promises are going to come true is such a valuable way of living. It gives a whole different perspective on what it means to live, because you can confidently say that what God promises you, He will deliver.

  10. Gaelin Elmore says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that nothing I do can change what God has in store. Because it’s written. But it’s even harder to believe that when I mess up and struggle and slip away and think that I’m far away from His grace, that His grace will miss me. God has made many promises, and He does not waiver like our peers do. That should be more encouraging than frightening. Should encourage us to come back to God quickly after we stray, or simply slip up. Rather than be ashamed and decide to stay in our sin. God’s sovereignty is all consuming. Let’s stop falling and staying down. But falling (because it’s inevitable, but as little as possible) and running back to our Father who’s arms are wide open.

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