Day 2

Understanding Exodus Through the Cross

Genesis 15:13-15, Psalm 136:1-26, Luke 24:13-32

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:13-15, Psalm 136:1-26, Luke 24:13-32

Jesus said the book of Exodus was about Him.

To the religious leaders who wanted to kill Him, Jesus said, “if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me” (John 5:46). And when He appeared to the travelers on the road to Emmaus after He had risen, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). Passages like these tell us there is no better way to read to the book of Exodus than in light of Jesus’ cross and empty tomb.

The entire story of Exodus rests on promises God made to His people. There is the promise the Lord made to Abraham four hundred years earlier—to take his descendants as His own and love them with an everlasting love (Genesis 12:1–3). Exodus says it was because of this ancient promise to Abraham that God delivered the people of Moses (Exodus 2:24). This has always been the way of the Lord. The grace He extends to you and me is not based on how He feels about us in any given moment. His faithfulness is anchored in ancient promises He made long before we were born. God doesn’t change. His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1).

But there is an even greater promise at work in Exodus than the one He made to Abraham. When Adam and Eve sinned against the Lord, God swore that one would come from the woman who would crush evil’s head (Genesis 3:15). The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise. Every word of Scripture that follows rests on God’s vow to redeem and restore His sinful, wayward people to Himself, which He accomplished through the ministry of His Son.

Exodus points to how Jesus would save us. We see Him in the Passover Lamb, in the bread from heaven, in the water that flowed when the rock was struck, and in the burning bush which spoke the name “I AM.” We see Him in the liberation of a people oppressed by tyranny and enslaved to the kingdom of this world. Even more, we see Jesus as the presence of God coming down from heaven to dwell among His people (Exodus 40:34-35, John 1:14).

When we stop to ask why any of these events took place, the answer is because God made a promise. He made a promise to rescue us from slavery to sin (Romans 6:18). He made a promise to lead us through the wilderness of this life (Psalm 23). And He made a promise to bring us into our eternal promised home (2 Corinthians 5:1). All these things have been accomplished for us through the sacrifice of our perfect Passover Lamb, Jesus—the Son of God (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Bible is a book of promises made and promises kept, and Jesus is at the center of them all (2 Corinthians 1:20).


Russ Ramsey and his wife and four children make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Content Director for She Reads Truth and He Reads Truth, and a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church. Russ is the author Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death, Behold the Lamb of God, and Behold the King of Glory. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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146 thoughts on "Understanding Exodus Through the Cross"

  1. Lauren Stanly says:

    I can’t help but feel convicted reading Psalms 136. Convicted and encouraged all at the same time. Verse after verse it is repeated “his steadfast love endures forever” as if to show how much and how often we must be reminded. Despite the great and mighty things He has done, how quickly does my heart and mind forget – “his steadfast love endures forever”. Moment by moment, hour by hour…how patient is He with us? He shows Himself faithful and yet we so quickly become distracted and forget the rock on which our hope is fixed. How many times must He prove Himself faithful to us? And yet He never ceases. Over and over despite our doubting and unbelief. The writer here seems to connect with our human nature and our deep need for repetitive reinforcement of the truth. His steadfast love endures forever. This is the sustaining grace that holds us fast regardless of the season or circumstance we may find ourselves in. Understanding and knowing the great love of God, remembering it…that is how we are enabled to love Him and others. We love because He first loved us. May we, like Paul prayed in Ephesians 3, “according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” His steadfast love endures forever.

    1. Kristen says:

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  2. Shea Pugh says:

    Love that his steadfast love endures forever

  3. Lorrie Eidem says:

    His steadfast love endures forever! ❤️

  4. Dawn Madsen says:


  5. Michelle Ceylan says:

    What a great study today! I was convicted to ask myself, “Does my attitude reflect how I ‘feel any given moment’ or ‘ faithfulness anchored in ancient promises’”.

    1. Eryn Kesler says:

      So good!

    2. Kristen Clark says:

      My thoughts exactly! So grateful for our perfect Savior’s steadfastness, opposed to our human frailty and inconsistency.

  6. Mara Estrada says:

    This is just perfect for my day today. I have been crying so much over waiting for a promise and I’m just done waiting with anxiety. I gotta be patient and wait with confidence.

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Thanks for sharing Mara. Praying for patience and confidence for you during this waiting time. We’re grateful that you’re here! -Margot, The SRT Team

  7. Lucy Griffin says:

    Love the analysis of the Bible as a book of promises

  8. Echo HP says:

    His steadfast love endures forever. . .❤️

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