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The Study of Exodus

The Purpose of Studying Exodus

After my father retired from the business world, he went back to school and earned a doctorate in ministry. He pastored a small church in Northern Texas. Dad also dreamt of writing a book based on the Biblical research he did during his life. But, dad never realized this dream. However, he did leave all the information for me. So, I decided I would take one blog a month and write up this great information. Today we will examine Exodus. Then, if the details are beneficial for others, I will put them together in a book in the future. 

As we embark on this journey through the Bible, may we remember to ask God to show us what He wants us to learn? Psalm 19:14; “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”


  • Author: Moses
  • Audience: The people of Israel
  • Date Written: 1662 BC
  • Length: 40 Chapters
  • Key Word: Deliverance
  • Main Verse: Exodus 3:8 “So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.”
  • Key People: Moses
The Study of Exodus

The Periods of Exodus

The book of Exodus covers the period from the death of Joseph to the building of the tabernacle. It traces the deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptians. And it shows Moses as the deliverer. Many symbols in this book foreshadow Christ and His church. The book is divided into four sections. Those sections are as follows:

  1. The period of bondage: This section looks at the oppression of the Israelites. It also covers the early life of Moses. Finally, we see how the Israelites and Moses’ futures are intertwined. Exodus 1-Exodus 2:21.
  2. The period of deliverance: The section covers the period from the calling of Moses at the burning bush until the first Passover meal. Exodus 3-Exodus 12:30
  3. The period of discipline: In this section, we see how God uses discipline to deliver His people from the bondage of sin. Exodus 12:31-Exodus 18.
  4. The period of legislation: God appears on the mountains and gives the Ten Commandments to His people. Soon, other laws are proclaimed. Finally, the book ends with the building of the tabernacle with all its detailed requirements. Exodus 19-Exodus 40.

Parallels with Christ

We see many parallels between Exodus and our walk with Christ. Some of those ways are:

  • The Israelites are trapped in bondage which resembles how the world is held captive to sin.
  • Moses delivers the people from their bondage which reflects how Christ liberates us from sin.
  • The departure from Egypt and their former lives as slaves demonstrates how we leave our former sinful life behind after we find Christ.
  • A lamb was sacrificed for the Passover meal, just as Christ was sacrificed for us.
  • Pharoah’s army pursued the newly freed slaves, which helps us see how sin always follows us even after Christ rescues us. 
  • Many other similarities can be drawn.

Summary Information

Between the end of Genesis and the beginning of Exodus, three and a half centuries have passed. During this time, Jacob goes to Egypt, and the persecution of the Israelites begins. Yet, even with the time between the books, Exodus is the sequel to Genesis. Genesis shows us man’s failures, but Exodus shows us how God comes to man’s rescue. We follow man’s path from enslavement to emancipation. This book begins in darkness, yet it ends in glory. Exodus displays the redemption of man by God Himself. And this story is repeated in every soul that seeks deliverance from the entrapping influence of the world. 

Purpose of Bible Study

Each book of the Bible contains lessons for us to learn as well as historical information. We need to study God’s Word to see what to do and what not to do in life. Paul reminds all of us of the importance of the words within the text in 2 Timothy 3.

“14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:14-17;


Heavenly Father, guide our thoughts as we study your Word. Please show us how to apply the principles to our daily lives. Thank you for the many blessings we find within its pages. In Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen. 

Grace and Peace to you,

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian #author, #blogger, and #speaker. #BibleGatewayPartner

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. mimionlife

    Thank you for sharing this information. I appreciate the key points and details about Exodus.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      And I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement. God bless.

  2. This is brief overview of Exodus contains so much content and information. I hadn’t thought before that Exodus is about God rescuing humanity — the Jews from their captors and later Christ rescuing us from our sins. Of course, the symbolism is all there, but pulling it all together in one overview really highlights the goal of the content. A great idea to develop your Dad’s content, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks for the encouragement Melinda. It means a lot to me. Blessings

  3. Jessica Brodie

    Exodus can be overwhelming with details at times, but it’s also fascinating to me. So much about the relationship between God and Moses is within this chapter. I am actually currently reading the Book of Exodus, so your blog was timely for me. 🙂

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Wonderful. I am glad the timing worked out. It is fascinating to see all the parallels and foreshadowing. Thanks for the encouragement Jessica. God bless

  4. Ava Pennington

    Love how you’re honoring your father’s legacy.
    And the statement, “Each book of the Bible contains lessons for us to learn as well as historical information” reminds of the quote from D.L. Moody, ““The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      That is a great quote which such truth. The more we study, the more it transforms us. I really appreciate your feedback. Blessings to you.

  5. karentfriday

    Wonderful post, Yvonne. There are so many spiritual inferences in Exodus. One thing that really spoke to me is how you note the book started in darkness and but ends in glory!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. It is just like our life of faith. We start in the darkness until we find Christ and then it ends in glory. Grace and peace to you

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