Introduction to Exodus
Whether it means freeing a nation from political bondage or delivering an individual from independence or codependence, liberation is a popular theme these days.
But many people who want to be free don’t really know what freedom is or how to use it if they have it. “Unless a man has the talents to make something of himself, freedom is an irksome burden,” wrote the longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer in The True Believer; and he is right. Fools use freedom as a toy to play with; wise people use freedom as a tool to build with.
The nation of Israel is a case in point. God brought them out of Egypt that He might bring them into their inheritance (Deut. 4:37–38), but they didn’t have the maturity to manage their freedom successfully. As a result, a whole generation of Israelites perished while wandering in the wilderness.
Using the experiences of Israel as Exhibit A, the Book of Exodus explains what true freedom is, what freedom costs, and how it must be used. Exodus teaches us that freedom is not license and discipline is not bondage. God tells us how to enjoy mature freedom in His will, a quality that is desperately needed in our churches and our world today. The privilege of freedom is precious, the responsibilities of freedom are serious, and we can’t have the one without the other. Our hope is that your personal application of the spiritual principles found in Exodus will bring you into the true freedom that Christians have in Jesus Christ.