The family line continues…
Except that now the book is set a couple of hundred years later. The story opens on the story of Abrahams descendants. And life in Egypt is no longer a hey-diddle-diddle lets-party setup. Pharoah (not the same one as last time) has figured out that these Israelites are pretty good at multiplying like rabbits. Boy does that make him feel uneasy! Wouldn’t you? I mean, it’s like a nation growing in your backyard, waiting to move into your house as soon as they’re big enough to chuck you out!
So Pharoah makes sure that the rabbits aren’t going to take over. Oppressed and suffering, the cry of the people of God reaches His ears and He hears their cry. Through a series of amazing happenings, God raises up Moses – God’s instrument with which to accomplish the liberation of His people! The message goes out: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go!”
God has a covenant with His people and He WILL remember it! No matter how His people go astray and sin, Gos is faithful – He keeps His promises. The book of Exodus closes on this encouraging note. The stiff-necked people have obeyed God, the covenant is renewed and God’s glory fills the temple!
He is Immanuel – God with us.