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What would you expect to learn about God from Exodus?

Friend, when you think of Exodus, do you think of God’s grace? Or, raise your hand if you, like me, have viewed the God of Exodus as scary, fierce, and wielding His power.  After all, Exodus can be synonymous with the Ten Commandments, Moses, plagues, the Red Sea, and, of course, God—a God who, at a glance, seems harsh, unyielding, quick to anger, and resentful. The Ten Commandments themselves imply the need to stay on His good side. At least, I’ve always thought so. He seems so different from Jesus.

Never again!

SIMPLY BIBLE Exodus turned my view of God—upside down. Or maybe right side up.

Yesterday, I was invited to join a small group of women as they wrapped up their forty-chapter journey through Exodus. Pondering what they had learned about God, the leader shared that she had a new understanding of God’s grace. The other women adamantly agreed. All were amazed by God’s devotion and His desire to be with- to dwell with- His people.

I asked the leader,

“So, at the beginning of this Exodus journey, would you have imagined that your #1 takeaway about God would be His grace?”

She emphatically replied,

“No! I expected to learn about the law!”

Most of us think similarly.

Within the Bible, Exodus feels like an anomaly. Yahweh seems so different from Jesus. He appears distinct from the New Testament’s Abba Father Jesus prays to. Yet, the reality is this: God is the God Who so loved the world, even in Exodus. He delivers and faithfully provides for a people, the Israelites, who are so human, like me. When we slow down, we find God’s grace on every page. And just like the rest of the Bible, the God of Exodus desires to dwell with His people. He goes to great lengths to make it happen.

In Exodus 34:6, God revealed Himself. His words seal the truth of Who He is into my heart and mind:

The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…

I never imagined:

I never imagined the impact of studying Exodus.

I never imagined so many would begin and finish the journey through all forty chapters.

I never imagined how so many puzzle pieces of the Bible would fall into place.

I never imagined how Exodus would shine a spotlight on God’s grace.

I never imagined how God would assure my heart through this ancient text, seemingly about His laws. Indeed, I finished this study assured of God’s grace, mercy, patience, steadfast love, and faithfulness. God was a God of grace in Exodus, a God of grace in Jesus, and He remains a God of grace for today. He is indeed the Hero of the story.

After so many studies, I never imagined there was much more to learn about God or that I could enjoy Him more. My love for Him grew deeper. And so, friend, thank you. Wherever you are on your journey with God, thank you for allowing SIMPLY BIBLE the privilege of coming alongside. You inspire me to press on, to dig deep. Truly. With you, my love grows. I hope you find the same.

For those who journeyed through Exodus, thank you for being brave, strong, and courageous to persevere.

I’m so proud of you. I would love to hug you and put a victory crown on your head. But the victory belongs to God Himself. Yes, we learned that:

The work of God is done by the means of the Spirit of God.

Dr. Sailhammer

Heart-transforming work belongs to Him. Indeed, He is the Hero of our story, too.

Please let us know if you have finished or are working through Exodus (or any other SIMPLY BIBLE study). Some of you have contacted us recently, and your feedback blows us away! Your stories do encourage us and inspire others to press on. Long journeys through Scripture can be scary. Many falsely believe Bible study is too hard, especially a longer book. You prove otherwise, and your stories are powerful. You never know who you will encourage.

Thank you for being on a mission with us at SIMPLY BIBLE to know and enjoy God through His Word and inspire others to do the same. We do what we do because we believe everyone deserves a simple way to be assured of His grace through the Bible. I am beyond grateful you would journey with us.

Thank You, Lord God. Thank You for your grace, mercy, slowness to anger, steadfast love, and faithfulness.

With much love and joy,

Carmen

Helping you know and enjoy God through the Bible.

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