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. Brianna Stevens says:

    This helps me to understand the Bible as a whole SO much better!!!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      We’re so glad to hear that Brianna! So grateful that you’re here. -Margot, The SRT Team

  2. Bevvie Byrom says:

    God is an awesome God who shows His salvation throughout scripture as they point to Jesus.

  3. Noni Wemple says:

    Good news for all

  4. Sarah says:

    I feel like the Emmaus disciples. Their spirit knew who Jesus was. Their flesh was skeptical. This rings true for me. I KNOW & BELIEVE God will protect me and keep me. My anxiety and my flesh cause me to stumble and doubt. God help me to meditate on Your goodness daily.

    1. Kristen says:

      Hi Sarah, a pastor told me that when he was a young pastor, he had questions that he asked the head pastor. He told him, “Won’t the Lord of all the earth do right?” That was it! He settled to trust in the fact that God is always good and loves us more than we can know! Think of that scripture that I talks about how high, long, deep, vast the love of God is. Beth Moore said in her study that we can’t even grasp it without God’s help. As far as anxiety and fear, I understand. Been battling since I was a child. We have to put on our armor of God, fight it with His Word, and push the devil out. That comes from him, because God gives us peace, love, and a sound mind. May God help all of us when those thoughts come in to know truth and be set free in Jesus’ Powerful Name Amen

  5. Danya Ho says:

    1 Peter 1:18–19
    18 knowing that you rwere ransomed from sthe futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but twith the precious blood of Christ, like that of ua lamb vwithout blemish or spot

  6. Lindsay Gietzen says:

    Good reminders today. God revealed himself in the Old Testament so many times!

  7. Lani Campagno says:

    Steadfast love….❤️

  8. Pamela Strommen says:

    At the communion table, I’ll pray that my eyes are opened to the truth of Jesus like it happened for Cleopas.

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