The passages selected from this book are chosen to illustrate the theme that God rescued His people from slavery in Egypt. This conviction of Israel is at the very heart of the 'Good News' and for Christians looks forward to that immeasurably greater event when God sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world.
The exact historical details of the Exodus are not verifiable
and are doubtless intermixed with saga, legends and myths, but
the call of Moses as 'Servant of the Lord' and the outline of
the Exodus events speak of an act of God which is historically
based and of supreme religious importance.
The narrative of Passover is so important in the Old and the New
Testaments that a brief account of it is essential. Doubtless
it is based upon a genuine remembrance of a series of catastrophes
that struck the Egyptians, facilitating the escape of the people
of Israel and in which they perceived the hand of God.
The crossing of the 'Sea of Reeds' (Yam Suph, the 'Red Sea') enabled
the Israelites to escape the pursuing Egyptians. Israel saw in
this event also the hand of God. This conviction is reinforced
in the triumphal song of chapter 15.
The knowledge that God sustained His people in the wilderness
wanderings lies at the root of the 'Bread of Heaven' to which
Jesus alludes in the New Testament.
Of enduring value in the Old and New Testaments is the giving
of the Ten Commandments.