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26 October, 2015

The Scriptures —Study 0— Exodus Introduction

Study 0 From The Book of Exodus Is: Introduction

Here is a reminder of what Exodus is all about.  
Although the twentieth chapter of the Exodus divides it into two distinct parts, we must remember that the book is really one.  The narrative of the opening chapters leads up to the law-giving of the later ones, and is bound to it with an intimate connection. When our section opens, Israel is encamped at the foot of Sinai. Behind them are the great experiences of God’s judgements upon journey. ‘Not a hoof’ was ‘left behind’ (Ex. 10:26). God had delivered Israel from bondage and separated them from Egypt that He might call them to himself and make known His will to them. In just the same way God has called us from the bondage of sin and the world, redeemed us with the precious blood of Christ, baptized us with His Holy Spirit, and separated us unto Himself.  Israel met with God on Sanai.  We have met with Him too, not only among the thunders of the law, but also in the face of Jesus Christ.  Holiness is His intention for us, as it was for them.
This shows how relevant these chapters of the Bible are.  There are many pictures not only of holiness and holy living which we can apply to our own lives, but also pictures of the great principles and doctrines of atonement, and above all of the suffering of our Saviour in redeeming us from sin.

The Immediate Context    
The voice of God had proclaimed the Ten Commandments from Sinai (Ex. 20:1-16). On account of the people’s fear they fled from the mountain (20:18, 19) and asked that Moses should tell them God’s commands.  Moses therefore went up into the mountain (20:21, 22), and the words of chapter 21 are the words of God spoken to Moses alone on the mountain, with the command that he is to pass them on to the people.