We have made it through the prequel called Genesis, and now we know how Israel finds itself in Egypt. As we studied Abraham, we asked, “What do you do when God’s promises don’t correspond with your experience?” As we studied Joseph, we asked, “How do the promises of God work out in a family or community with so much dysfunction?” Today, we come to the central salvation story of the OT … God’s liberation of his people from Egypt, and we ask, “What is God’s response to community oppression that quells the promises we have received?”
The answer, of course, is liberation … rescue … and comes in the form of the Passover, but it’s deeper and richer than a simple answer. If you are struggling under the weight of anything, it’s easy for me to say, “God has set you free!” We need more than words. We need actions, reminders, rituals that shape our lives around a new reality, especially when things aren’t going well. This study is full of just that for you. If you are stuck, find yourself in a narrow place, a rut, or simply feel overwhelmed, join us this week. Exodus is the story you need to hear, and Parkside is the place where you belong!