Essay On Exodus

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The title of Exodus comes from the Hebrew word "Elle Sh'mot" meaning "these are the names" or the Greek word "exodos" that translates to "exit/departure" . Aptly named, as Exodus is all about the Israelites' deliverance and the beginning of the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham through the Israelites' journey to the promised land. The central theme in Exodus is salvation. Exodus starts with the calling of Moses. Upon seeing a burning bush, he is filled with curiosity and approaches it to discover it is the work of God, who has chosen him to lead the Israelites to freedom. But Moses feels unworthy and is reluctant to be God's spokesperson. In Exodus 3:13-18, God gives Moses two names - first, He is the God of the Patriarchs, Abraham,…show more content…
In this passage, God's name is YHWH, which has several translations. In the NIV bible, it means "I am" or "I will be." First, this interchangeable form of tense shows God's transcendence of time; He is without beginning or end, unchanging, unaffected and unrestrained by the world around Him. Second, its ambiguity shows how, as a divine being, God exceeds all possible human efforts to understand Him. Third, it serves to confirm that God is and will be with His people always. However, YHWH could also be translated to "He who causes to be" or "He who causes to exist" which shows God's ability to bring things into being or His creatorship. YHWH becomes God's covenant name, "the name you shall call me from generation to generation." Another significant statement is "I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery... " which shows God's love and compassion for His people, as well as His faithfulness to the promise He made to Abraham long ago. It could also show His righteousness and sense of justice, because He means to punish the Egyptians who had caused the Israelites such

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