The Book of Going Out

The word “Exodus” can be translated going out.  The Jews often refer to the book of Exodus by this phrase: these are the names.  The previously mentioned phrase is made up of the first words recorded in the book of Exodus.  Moses, in the book of Exodus, follows one family as they become the mighty nation of Israel.

Moses not only follows the one family but through their lives he paints a picture of God’s relationship with His people.  As Exodus opens, the descidents of Joseph and his brethren remain in Egypt.  The Egyptians began to fear the children of Israel and made slaves out of them.  God heard the cries of the children of Israel and sent Moses as a deliverer.In the deliverance of the children of Israel is recorded the going out from one place to another place; the going out from a people to another people and the going out from a practice to another practice.

The going out of a place.  The children of Israel were in a foreign country, being ruled by a foreign people and being influenced by a foreign god.  It was not enough to leave one of these factors behind but it was necessary to change all three.  The same is true in our lives today.  If we have never submitted ourselves to the obedience to the word of God we are in a place where we will not be saved.  We must go out from that place and go unto God.  Salvation will only be found where God is and where God has directed.  But the book of Exodus shows us that deliverance is possible by the power of God.  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

The going out of a people.  Israel was in bondage to a ruler and people who did not love them.  God is the one who loves us and God is the one to whom we must submit ourselves.  There are many who offer deliverance but they do not have the power or ability to provide deliverance.  There are many who claim to speak in the place of God but they do not have the authority.  Israel had to leave behind Egypt and the Egyptian influence to faithfully serve God.    Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (II Corinthians 6:17).

The going out of a practice.  Israel had to leave behind the worship and ideas of the Egyptian gods and turn totally to the one true God.  It is not possible for us to hold the the gods of this world and hold to the hand of God.  It is not possible for us to follow the gods of this world and to follow God.  God desires our service and will accept nothing short of total committment.  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).