Three key contrasts
1. To reveal God’s character
2. To reveal individuals to themselves in contrast to the pure standards of God
3. To guide the believer’s faith-response to God by specifying His expectations
4. To provide a basis on which God can discipline His people
Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher's commentary. Includes index. (101). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.
The Ten Plagues on Egypt
ISRAEL IN EGYPT (1:1-12:30)
Slavery in Egypt (1:1-12:30)
God chooses Moses
God sends Moses to Pharaoh
Plagues strike Egypt
ISRAEL IN THE WILDERNESS (12:31-18:27)
Crossing the sea
Complaining in the wilderness
ISRAEL AT SINAI (19:1-40:38)
Giving the Law
Breaking the law
When the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt, God heard their cries and rescued them. We can be confident that God still hears the cries of this people. Just as he delivered the Israelites from their captors, he delivers us from sin, death, and evil.
After crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites became quarrelsome and discontent. Like the Israelites, we find it easy to complain and be dissatisfied. Christians still have struggles, but we should never allow difficulties and unpleasant circumstances to turn us away from trusting God.
God revealed his law to the Israelites at Sinai. Through the law, they learned more about what God is like and how he expected his people to live. The law is still instructional for us, for it exposes our sin and shows us God’s standard for living.