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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Thursday, May 10

he themes of Exodus are crucial and central to God's purpose for His people and world:

-They affirm God's Lordship over creation.  Unlike the nature gods of Egypt, the God of the Bible stands outside of nature as its creator and Lord.  As such, He judged Egypt with natural catastrophes.

-They demonstrate how humans, while endowed with free will, cannot ultimately thwart the will of God.  Although the Pharaoh tenaciously refused to acknowledge God, in the end he became a means to glorify the God of Israel (Exodus 14:4, Psalm 106:7-8).

-They teach that history has a purpose.  God accomplished His promises to Abraham; that his seed would multiply and bless all nations.  Life is not a series of meaningless events (Genesis 15:13-14).

-They illustrate God's empathy toward those caught up in injustice.  He will not close His eyes to those who suffer and those who rule unjustly (Exodus 3:7).  Exodus has a long history of inspiring and equipping the black community of faith against racial injustice and prejudice of every kind.  The theme of God as deliverer of the oppressed is a major Messianic theme (Isaiah 61:1 , Luke 4:18).  This theme of liberation is disclosed to its fullest in God's delivering of His people from the bondage and tyranny of death through the Messiah (Ephesians 2:1-4, John 10:10).

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