Sunday, September 21, 2008

Exodus = Freedom

The most important event in the New Testament is the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. The most important event in the Old Testament is the exodus. Both set people free.

The Exodus (Hebrew: יציאת מצרים), is the term used for the escape, departure and emancipation of the enslaved Children of Israel freed from Ancient Egypt as described in the Hebrew Bible, mainly in the Book of Exodus.

The Israelites were led by Moses and Aaron, the goal was to return to the Land of Israel where their forefathers had lived and which they had been promised by God. The Exodus forms the basis of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The work of the church is to follow Jesus in announcing God's love and in working to bring the oppressed out of bondage. Whether that bondage is their own sin or the sin of others, we are called to do all we can to set people free.

Today at worship we will celebrate the exodus of people who have been in bondage to alcohol and drugs.

Who else needs to be set free?

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