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January 25, 2011

Jonathan Parnell at Desiring God recently interviewed Mike Wilkerson about his new book Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry.  A quote from the interview:

I wrote Redemption from Exodus because it is the Bible’s back story for redemption in Jesus: freedom from slavery to sin and its effects, by a costly ransom, to a new life in God with forgiveness for sin, cleansing for shame, healing for wounds—and most of all—a restored relationship with God himself.

I generally followed the story line of Exodus from beginning to end because an important part of the strategy was to take readers and participants on a journey in the story of God, of which Exodus is a microcosm. There’s something powerful about immersing yourself in any story, but especially the story—God’s story, centered on Jesus— that makes sense of the chaos in our lives and reveals our Redeemer.

Also, Exodus begins with the suffering of God’s people and ends with God’s presence filling the tabernacle and pointing forward to the Promised Land. These were the perfect start and end points for our curriculum: from the darkness of slavery to the light of God’s presence. For the various points in between, though, I selected scenes in Exodus that would help me bring to my audience the theological framework they would need for the journey.

For example, in Chapters 3 and 4, I work from the Passover and the Red Sea. In the Passover, we encounter God’s grace and forgiveness for guilty sinners who deserve the same judgment as Egypt. At the Red Sea, we see that God vindicates his claim on his people, defeating their enemy, eradicating the source of their shame and making them a new creation. So the two chapters back-to-back deal with guilt and shame, two crucial issues for my audience. The same chapters also explore forgiveness and identity—two more essential subjects—all within the context of the exodus story.



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