THE GREATNESS OF GOD IN EXODUS

Pastor Drew Humphrey

We're used to hearing many of the stories in Exodus. It's a classic collection of remarkable tales about burning bushes, parting seas, smoking mountains, and lots more. But the book of Exodus is less about all of these well-known stories than it is about the one big story of God's greatness and glory. In the midst of a book full of vibrant characters, there is one character who stands about above the crowd. In this series, we'll seek to encounter the God of the Exodus in all of his splendor.

Beginning with God

Exodus 1:1-14

August 28, 2016


As we begin our series on the book of Exodus, one of the most important questions we need to answer is: “What is the book about?” On the surface, it might seem like an inspiring tale of a nation that went from slavery to freedom, overcoming countless obstacles along the way. But if we focus upon the people of Israel, we miss the point. Exodus isn’t about their story first and foremost. It’s about the God who promised to bless them and give them land, and who acted with power and might when those promises came under attack. This sets the foundation for how we understand the entire book.


God Works Through Weakness

Exodus 1:15-2:10

September 4, 2016


If you had to choose someone to save a nation from genocide, who would you choose? Someone powerful or crafty or intimidating? While that might be the logical choice, that’s not who God chose when his people were threatened by the murderous policies of Pharaoh in Egypt. Instead of bringing deliverance from a place of power and might, he brought it from a place of weakness and vulnerability. And this teaches us something about God saves, and why he saves—even today.


God Sees

Exodus 2:11-25

September 11, 2016


One of the loneliest and most hopeless things we can experience in this life is being in a desperate situation that nobody else seems to be aware of. Why? Because when suffering and injustice goes unseen, it often goes unaddressed. But even when we feel alone and unnoticed, there is good news: God sees us, and he takes note of our suffering.


God Sends

Exodus 3:1-22

September 18, 2016


One day you’re herding sheep in the wilderness; the next day you find out that you’re God’s chosen agent to bring deliverance to an entire nation. If that seems like a drastic change in situation, then you can probably understand why Moses was apprehensive when God met him in the burning bush and told him that he would be sent to Egypt to lead his people to freedom. But in the process, God revealed something profound about himself: the God who saves is also the God who sends.


God Euips

Exodus 4:1-31

September 25, 2016

When you fully understand the magnitude of the work God has called you to, you can’t help but be apprehensive. Moses was. And in his fear, he voiced multiple objections to the call that God had placed on his life. In studying these objections, we learn something about our own doubts and fears, and we see how God equips us to overcome them so that we might embrace our role in his redemptive work.


God Afflicts in Love

Exodus 5:1-6:30

October 2, 2016


Full of optimistic anticipation, Moses and Aaron marched up to Pharaoh and demanded on behalf of God that the Israelite people be let go. But Pharaoh had other plans, and soon the hopes of the people were crushed beneath the weight of increasingly harsh conditions. Yet as we consider the suffering of the Israelite people, we can learn that God does not withhold his love from those he leads into the suffering. Rather, he afflicts his people because he loves.


God Alone is God

Exodus 7:1-10:29

October 9, 2016


When Pharaoh was first commanded to let the Israelites go, he asked sarcastically, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him?” Unfortunately for him and the rest of Egypt, God answered that question in a series of devastating plagues that exposed their false idols and proved that there was only one God. Like the Egyptians, we too are drawn toward false “gods” in whom we place our confidence. But the account of the plagues in Egypt reminds us of the emptiness of these idols, and it draws us to renew our faith in God alone. 


God Delivers Through Judgment

Exodus 11:1-13:16

October 30, 2016


Often we find God’s justice to be embarrassing or uncomfortable. We have a hard time imagining a God who is so severe and unrelenting. But far from being a point of embarrassment, the judgment of God should be something that is a source of joy and encouragement for the Christian, because we have a distinctive and unique experience of Gods judgment, much like the Israelites during the Passover. For those who are in Christ, God’s judgment is the means by which we are delivered. 


God Does the Impossible

Exodus 13:17-14:31

November 26, 2016


The Israelites had just escaped from slavery in Egypt. But it wasn’t long before they found themselves in trouble once again, trapped between an angry Egyptian army and an impassible sea. Perhaps you can relate. You’ve found yourself in a dead-end, facing an impossible situation that appears to have no way out. In such a scenario, can you trust God? This week we’ll study how the parting of the Red Sea gives us confidence in our great God who is able to do the impossible.


God Is the Center of Our Songs

Exodus 15:1-21

November 20, 2016


Every Sunday the church gathers and a big part of our worship is congregational singing. But what do you see when you sing? Do you see your own awkwardness? Do you see the performance of the musicians? Do you see a certain style that you may or may not like? In Exodus 15, the people of Israel stop and praise God in song for his deliverance out of Egypt. And in studying their song, we can learn something about what we’re supposed to see when we sing.  


God Provides

Exodus 15:21-18:27

November 27, 2016


When was the last time you complained? If there’s one thing humans seem to be universally good at, it’s complaining. We complain about people, we complain about the weather, we complain about our jobs, we complain about our government, and we complain about most everything else. But what we may not realize is that our complaining reveals a serious spiritual and theological problem. It’s not that we need to have a more positive outlook on life. Rather, we need to understand who God is and how he lovingly provides for all of our needs. Only then can we be freed from the cycle of complaint.


God Is Holy

Exodus 19:1-25

January 8, 2017


What would it be like to see God? As the people of Israel found out at Mount Sinai, it’s a pretty memorable (and terrifying) experience! In the midst of smoke and thunder and shaking ground, God descended to meet his people in Exodus 19, and in so doing he revealed his unrivaled holiness. The question is: How well do we understand this holiness? Do our interactions with God reflect an appreciation for his transcendence? And more importantly, do we understand how Jesus has revolutionized our experience of God’s holiness?


God Demands Holiness

Exodus 20:1-21

January 15, 2017


The 10 Commandments are some of the most well-known verses in the Bible. But they aren’t just abstract moral principles to be considered in isolation. The 10 Commandments are an expression of covenantal expectations between a holy God and the people he has called to himself. As Christians, we come to the 10 Commandments to learn what is expected of us as those redeemed and chosen by God.  


God Delights in Justice

Exodus 20:22-23:19

January 22, 2017


What are we supposed to do with archaic Old Testament laws about executing sorceresses and ensuring that our oxen don’t gore anybody? Are these parts of the Bible we can just skip over? Or is there something we’re supposed to learn from them? As we dive deeper into the law that God revealed to his people at Mount Sinai, we’re faced with these questions. But by focusing on what the law reveals about the Lawgiver, we’ll discover that this part of the Bible is more relevant than we might otherwise imagine. In these codes of conduct that God gave Israel, we can see a compelling picture of God’s delight for justice in this world. 


God Keeps His Covenant

Exodus 23:20-24:18

January 29, 2017


Few things bring more joy to us as human beings than our relationships of affection and love. But, at the same time, few things can bring us as much fear and insecurity as these relationships. What if we don’t measure up? What if we stop being lovable? What if we get left behind? In our relationship with God, these same fears can overtake us and hold our faith hostage. But by understanding that we are loved by a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God, we can see that our fears are entirely unfounded. God’s love for us is unchanging and secure, because he will always be faithful to his covenant with us. 


God Meets Us in Worship

Exodus 25:1-31:18

February 5, 2017


Why do you “go to church”? It’s easy to fall into the trap of making this nothing more than an empty ritual or a tedious duty to fulfill. But the truth is that corporate worship is much more than a religious obligation we have to suffer through; it is a sacred gathering of God’s people through which they are able to meet with God. The instructions God gave the Israelites regarding the tabernacle, regarding sacred objects, and regarding the priesthood all help us see how God does (and doesn’t) meet with us today through the worship of the church. 


God Hates Twisted Worship

Exodus 32:1-35

February 12, 2017


Exodus 32 is a tragic chapter of the Bible. Right after God had given his instructions about how to worship him properly, the people of Israel fall into terrible idolatry, building a golden calf and twisting the true worship of God into something perverse and deadly. The truth is, the idolatry of the Israelites demonstrates a profoundly human tendency that all of us must deal with. Their example serves as a warning to us of how easily we can fall into false worship, and how deeply God disapproves of such a thing.


God Is All We Need

Exodus 33:1-34:35

February 19, 2017


Faced with the prospect of going to the promised land without God accompanying them, the Israelites were forced to decide: What did they most need? Did they need to realize the promises God had given to them—land, stability, and prosperity? Or did they need God himself, regardless of the material blessings he might give them? It’s easy for us to get distracted in this world of abundance and provision. But at the end of the day, it is vital for us to recognize that our greatest need is the one whose presence is our power, whose character is our hope, and whose glory is our transformation. Above all, we need God.


God Doesn't Give Up

Exodus 35:1-40:38

February 26, 2017


The ending of Exodus may not seem all that impressive or triumphant at first glance. But when we realize how Exodus could have ended, our perspective quickly changes. After a remarkable story of repeated sin and rebellion and opposition and unlikely odds, the fact that God is still continuing on his mission with his people is nothing short of extraordinary. And it provides us with a vital realization for our own lives: that God will never give up on his people, and he will never give up on his plans.


Exodus and the Gospel-Shaped Life

Various Texts

March 5, 2017


We can’t come to the end of the book of Exodus and assume that we “get it” just because we’ve read and studied all 40 chapters. Sure, that’s certainly an accomplishment! But before we can fully appreciate the book of Exodus, we must step back and see how this book impacts all the other books of Scripture. And when we do so, we see that the events of Exodus shaped the people of God in much the same way that the church is now shaped by the greater exodus, the gospel of Jesus Christ.