Exodus: God Saves – Author – Wade Thomas

Once there was a king who murdered baby boys. He was filled with rage and fear, and so he decreed that any boys born to the slaves in his kingdom must be murdered.
The slaves were a part of God’s chosen people, people of the promise He had made to an old man He loved. They were in pain under the slavery of this hateful king, and they called out to God in their agony. And God heard them.

God spoke to another old man and commanded him to go to this despot and tell him that the one true God commanded He free all these slaves. God told the old man that He Himself would harden the king’s heart so that he would refuse to obey Him. And then God would show His own worth and power to every watching eye by giving deserved judgments on this man and his kingdom. Miraculous judgments.

The old man went and said what God had told him to say, and did what God had told him to do. And the king refused to listen, just as God had said would happen. Then God made the kingdom’s water supply turn into blood. He made insects and animals plague the people of the kingdom, He made sores afflict their bodies and darkness cover their land in the middle of the day. And then after God killed the firstborn son in every family around the king, the king sent the slaves and the old man away.

God had spared the slaves’ firstborn sons by using the blood of a lamb to mark them as safe. This was a reminder that sin brings death, and all of us have sinned. We all deserve a death. But God has provided a lamb to die in His people’s place.

After freeing the slaves, the king looked around his nation and quickly changed his mind and chased after them, ready to slaughter them all at the seaside where they’d halted when he caught them. But God provided more miracles to save His people. He kept the king and his soldiers away with a wall of fire, and then He opened the sea so that there was dry land to walk across to the other side. When His people were across, He allowed the soldiers and their flimsy king to rush into the pathway in the sea hoping to catch God’s people, but He then let the water collapse over them, killing every last one.

God called these people to a mountain, where they worshiped Him and He gave them a written law to obey. He gave them bread and meat and water to eat and drink, and He told them He was taking them to a new home.

These people sinned against their God over and over, complaining about Him and doubting Him. They broke His Law.

But He had already provided the lamb who could pay for all their sins.

For the sins of everyone who would ever be a part of His people.

Out of a desert kingdom God called a people. He loved them and chose them. And He is always calling people to Himself.

This is a saving God.

Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne. When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.’ Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. They said with a loud voice: ‘The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!
Revelation 5:6-13