Beyond the Weekend

April 1 | Jesus in Exodus

April 1, 2024

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. Exodus 12:13

Read: Exodus 12:1-14
Listen: Exodus 12

TODAY’S MESSAGE

We have been reading the Old Testament to see how God’s plan always included Jesus saving us from our sins. This month, we study Exodus to see how this critical time in history points to Jesus.

The Israelites’ dramatic departure from Egypt and God’s defeat of Pharaoh foreshadow Jesus’s defeat of Satan and how he will rescue people from slavery to sin. The Israelites grumble, disobey and wander in the wilderness for forty years. For forty days, Jesus is tempted in the wilderness but does not sin. Israel receives the law on Mount Sinai and then breaks it immediately. On another mount, Jesus re-gives the law in his most well-known sermon. In every way the Israelites fail to obey God, Jesus obeys completely.

The tabernacle represents the presence of God dwelling among the people. Jesus comes and “tabernacles,” or dwells among people as a human (John 1:14). The blood on the door posts, which save people from death during Passover, point to Jesus’s death (which happens during Passover) and the blood spilled on the cross to save us. When poisonous snakes enter the Israelite camp due to their rebellion, people are saved by looking at a bronze snake lifted on a pole. Jesus says he is lifted up the same way (John 3:14-15). When people look to him, they are saved from the poison of sin.

Moses represents a type of Christ. Throughout Exodus, Moses’s role and importance grow as he mediates between God and the Israelites. He speaks God’s words to the people, delivers the law on Mount Sinai and represents the people before God. Jesus is our ultimate mediator. He gives us the Father’s words and now sits at God’s right hand, interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34).

TODAY: Exodus is rich with types, stories and symbols that point to Jesus. Commit to reading the book prayerfully this month, asking God to open your eyes to all the ways this Scripture points to Jesus.


JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Read Exodus 1. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.


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