Exodus: An Exegetical Analysis Of Exodus

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The next segment of this narrative is characterized by God directly commanding Moses to take up a fundamental role in freeing the Israelites from captivity by approaching Pharaoh. God begins this by telling Moses that he has heard the suffering of his people and that he wants to bring them out of the oppression. The Psalms relate a similar message confirming this thought: “The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalms 34:17). God often appears in the Bible as a God who fights for the oppressed, and this instance is no different. His deliverance of Israel is not simply removing his people from oppression. The change experienced by the Israelites was a complete freedom from the oppression of Egypt …show more content…
I believe that the primary implication of this passage is a better understanding of the character of God and his role in the lives of his people. This is a major theme in all of Exodus, as well as specifically in the revelation of God’s name to Moses and to the people of that time. He is a God that loves all of his creation and desires for all people to come into a saving relationship with him (1 Timothy 2:3-4). To this end he voices the words: “Bring my sons out of Egypt” and “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:10,12). God hears his people’s troubles and wants for them to be relieved. His means of reassuring us, as it often is in scripture, is that he will be with us. God’s presence means much more than simply a feeling of peace—it implies power. Existence in His presence means: “You need not rely upon your own powers only… I shall give you strength” (Cassuto 36). An excellent example of God being with his people is seen soon after this exchange with Moses as he leads the Israelites through the wilderness and into battle. This exemplifies the love that God has for his people. In Exodus, this love extends to his compassion for the …show more content…
God went about fulfilling his promises with Abraham and in doing so liberated a nation from oppression and established his personal investment in the Israelites as a nation of the Holy One. Exodus greatly captures this image of God as one who is merciful and loving to his

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