The Exodus from Egypt

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February 14 - March 27, 2016

The exodus from Egypt is the foundational story of God's people—not only in the literal sense that they became a nation after their release from captivity, but also in a deeper figurative sense in which the exodus story shapes the very core of their identity and their understanding of God. The exodus is a foundational story for Christians, too, standing as the most profound example of God's concern for the oppressed, a concern which is embodied in the life and death of Jesus. This Lenten season, we will trace the story of Israel's exodus from Egypt and at the same time reflect on the many ways in which the world is still held in bondage, always with an eye toward the redemption that has come in Jesus.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 1:6-14

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 1)

After settling in Egypt with the favor of the Pharaoh, the tables turn and the Israelites find themselves enslaved. The story of God's work in our lives begins with our acknowledging our own captivity, and once we admit we are enslaved, only then can God's liberating work begin.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 3:1-10

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 2)

After fleeing Egypt for his life, Moses encounters God in a burning bush. But the God that Moses encounters is unlike any god he has known before—a God who demonstrates concern for humanity and commits to act of behalf of those who suffer.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 3:11-15, 4:10-17

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 3)

At the burning bush, God’s name is revealed to Moses even as Moses makes excuses for why he is not qualified to be God’s emissary to Egypt. God's name, as revealed to Moses, establishes not only God's enigmatic identity, but it also establishes unequivocally our identity as God's beloved people.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 5:1-9, 6:1-8

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 4)

For generations the Israelites had cried out to God, and when God finally answers them, it is not exactly what they were hoping for. The answer to our cries for help rarely arrives when or how we expect, yet our hope is founded on trust that God is faithful.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 8:16-24

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 5)

In order to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, God sends ten plagues on the people of Egypt. As God stood beside and protected the Israelites from the plagues, so God stands beside all who suffer, an anchor in the midst of the storm.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 12:29-32; 13:17-22 & Luke 19:28-40

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 6)

By a pillar of cloud and fire, God leads the Israelites into the wilderness. The pillar that God has provided to guide us was hailed as king when he entered Jerusalem on a donkey, but his road led him to the cross—and it is down that same road that God invites us to follow.

Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016

Audio | Exodus 12 (selections) & John 13 (selections)

The significance of the first passover meal is reflected, repeated, and amplified as Jesus shares a final meal with his disciples before his betrayal. Jesus invites us to inhabit the uncertain space between the beginning of God's work and its completion.

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

Audio | Video | Exodus 14:5-14, 21-31 & Luke 24:1-12

The Exodus from Egypt (Part 7)

God delivers the Israelites from their slavery and oppression by making a way through the Red Sea. This march across dry land is the march from death to life—it is a picture of resurrection. The empty tomb on Easter morning demonstrates that God has power over death, and that this power can change our life.