I wasn’t planning to blog much if at all this last week. As you can see, that plan wasn’t exactly successful. Whim, creative procrastination, unforeseen topical issues, and live discussions got the better of good intentions. I ended up writing three guest posts, one on the body in the book of Leviticus and a further two debating the use of natural law with Peter Leithart. A Twitter discussion gave rise to a post on Christian children’s clubs and the abuse of trust. A night where I struggled to get to sleep led to me writing a post on Rob Bell and Don Draper instead, which today became my most visited post ever. Finally, I felt compelled to comment on the closure of Google Reader, another post that proved unexpectedly popular.
There have been no further 40 Days of Exoduses posts this week. Fear not, the series hasn’t been abandoned and, Lord-willing, it will return this coming week. It won’t be finished before Easter: that was always going to be a tall order, especially with the other work currently on my plate. However, I intend to complete it, even if it takes a few more weeks.
So, what is there to look forward in the series? The following is a quick teaser.
From a study of the events at Sinai, we will move on to the wilderness trials. Surrounding Joshua’s entrance into the land we will find several exodus themes surfacing, not least in the story of Rahab. First Samuel presents us with a number of highly developed exodus stories. The opening chapters of the book will be shown to follow the pattern, along with a number of key episodes in the life of David. We will then look at First and Second Kings, especially the stories of Elijah and Elisha. Within the Psalms and prophets we will see the story of Exodus retold, reappropriated and related to the promise of a greater Exodus to come. We will see that there is an exodus into exile in Babylon, followed by an exodus back into the land.
Within the gospels exodus themes proliferate, from the infancy stories, to the baptism of John, to the various movements of the ministry of Christ. These themes all culminate in the ‘exodus’ that Jesus accomplishes at Jerusalem, the climax and telos of all exoduses to that point.
In the book of Acts we see the life and story of the Church being conformed to that of its Lord in several different events. These exoduses lead up to another exodus event in AD70. The book of Revelation presents us with further patterns of exodus, informing the life, expectation, and worship of the Church.
Having explored the theme of exodus in biblical narrative, I will address it from a more synthetic theological perspective, drawing together the themes observed to this point. We will see the importance of exodus as a theme for understanding salvation, the way that the story of the exoduses of Scripture are addressed to us in the epistles, the way that we are incorporated into exodus within the life and worship of the Church and how this relates to our existence in Christ. Finally, we will conclude by looking at what it means to live out exodus as our story here and now.