The Exodus is the familiar story of the nation of Israel. Gods chosen people being taken out of slavery, after a series of plagues against Egypt and into the wilderness in search of the promise land. (Ex. 7-14) Throughout the Exodus, God reveals his character in two main themes, one through the constant redemption of his people (Ex. 14-30) and his power and superiority. The word Exodus means “departure” or “outgoing” and God continually provides a way of escape for his people throughout the Exodus ( Ex. 12 & 14) and throughout the entire bible into the New Testament (1 Cor. 10:1-13)
In Exodus chapter 3, Moses is instructed by God to bring his people out of Egypt and be a key figure in God’s redemptive plan. This would require Moses to approach Pharaoh and demand the release of his people (Ex.6:10-11). God hardened the Pharaohs heart, this may not seem logical but it gave opportunity for God to show is power and glory. (Ex.10:1-2) As a result, God sent ten terrible plagues attacking Egyptian deities, economics and agriculture.
God also reveals his redemptive plan through the hardening of Pharaohs heart. On numerous occasions God hardened the Pharaohs heart. (Ex. 10:1-2) “The first two references to God’s hardening Pharaoh’s heart (Ex. 4:21; 7:3) were actually predictions that he would do it in the future. Then in the next seven references Pharaoh is said to have hardened his own heart (Ex. 7:13-14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7) before God is said to have hardened it ( Ex. 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8).” God uses people to fulfill His unique plan. In God’s wisdom he used Pharaoh and his hardened heart to reveal his glory. Redemption is evident in multiple parts of the Exodus; one redemption that is necessary to look into is the redemption through innocent blood, the innocent blood of the lamb was protection for families against the tenth plague, the death of every first born son. (Ex. 12:13) God commanded that the Israelites kill a spotless, male lamb, not older than a year, put the blood on the door frame of the house and eat the lamb that night. When God struck Egypt with the tenth plague he passed over the houses that followed his instruction and redeemed the obedient and spared the lives of their sons. When the Pharaoh arose and saw his son had died, in anger he let Moses’ people go. (Ex. 13:15)
As they were leaving Pharaohs anger grew and he sent his army after Moses and his people. (Ex. 14:5-9) As Moses led the people they were trapped between Pharaohs army and the red sea. (Ex. 14:10) This is another example of God using situations we don’t understand to redeem and show his glory. God parted the sea for them to safely walk through, and stopped the army from crossing as well, with the walls of water engulfing them. (Ex. 14:26) God’s redemption isn’t limited to this single event. God sent plagues to save his people from bondage (Ex. 7:14-11:9), parted the sea for them to cross (Ex. 14:1–31; Josh. 3:1–17), then continues to provide...