September 10th, 2015
At the time of the Exodus, the Israelites had been in Egypt for 400 years. As immigrants, they were treated harshly and forced to build cities for their oppressors. For generations they groaned under the yoke of Egyptian injustice. In response to their desperate need, God revealed to Moses that He had not forgotten His covenant to be their God. He then liberated Israel from their slavery and led them to the Promised Land.
While slavery is officially illegal worldwide, there are an estimated 20-30 million slaves in bondage today.
Billions are also in bondage to the guilt and consequences of sin. There is good news, however! The same God who liberated His people centuries ago sent Jesus “to proclaim freedom for the prisoners” (Luke 4:18). As Paul wrote, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).
Author: Steve Walsh