Definition: a going out, a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people
Greek word: exodos; a matching out, going out.
The Israelites went to Egypt because there was famine in the land of Canaan (Genesis 46). After Pharaoh died, the bible says, there arose a new king who did not know Joseph (Exodus 1). The new pharaoh decides to oppress the Israelites because they were too many and mighty and he feared if war broke, Israel will join with their enemy and leave Egypt. So the Egyptians oppressed the Israelites. (Vs9-11) I love that despite how much they oppressed and mistreated the Israelites, the Israelites increased in number and the Egyptians were terrified of the Israelites. (Vs 12) God was definitely in the midst despite their suffering.
God had a plan to deliver Israel from the hands of the Egyptians and as you read on in Exodus, you see how He called Moses and sent him to deliver Israel from captivity. Many signs and wonders, some in form of plagues were performed before Pharaoh. As you read in chapters 7-10, you will see the heart of Pharaoh hardened and he did not let Israel go but the oppression continued. Their situation got worse before it got better. Gods plan comes to a peak in Exodus 11 with the last plague which is executed in chapter 12:29 – 33 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!”
God really came through for the Israelites. They suffered but the God of wonders who is always faithful to do what He says He will do came through for His beloved children. That same God will come through for you. Are you facing hardship? Have you prayed for deliverance? Has it been a while and no relief seems to be coming your way? Just like the Israelites, your situation may get harder before your breakthrough comes. Trust God to see you through. Maybe He just hardened the heart of “pharaoh” so He can get ALL the glory. Trust and wait on Him for He will surely fulfill His promise to get you out of your ‘Egypt’ (captivity, bondage, addiction, sickness, heartbreak…) Psalm 46:10 be still and know I am God. God is able to break the back of your enemies. Trust that God is planning your exodus; He is planning your exit. He knows what He is doing; stay put, be obedient, remain prayerful and let Him be God in the midst of your suffering. Just like He did with Moses and Aaron, He may ask you to do something but do not be discouraged if what you do doesn’t produce good results. Remember how Pharaoh’s heart hardened even after plagues were afflicted the Egyptians.
Someone I know once received instructions from a prophet to do something that didn’t make sense and we talked about it trying to figure out if it was authentic. Hosea 12:13 The Lord used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him; came to mind and we prayed over the word she received and she proceeded to move in obedience. Her breakthrough was outstanding! We were left speechless. The instructions we receive may not always make sense, some maybe seem crazy and way out there like the plagues of Egypt. If you’re ever in question, pray, pray, pray and God will bring revelation about the instructions. Don’t pick and choose what instructions you will follow. Obedience requires commitment even when we don’t understand. I can’t stress that enough; never ignore instructions because they are there to guide you through your season. Maybe you’re in a situation and have prayed for deliverance and have received one of those instructions you didn’t understand that you discarded because they were unusual. It’s not too late for you to come out of captivity. It’s not too late for you to receive deliverance. Go before God and wait on Him and whatever He asks of you, do it. I look back at what Moses was first asked to do: his staff turned into a snake, as unusual as that instruction was, Moses obeyed and many more signs and wonders followed. Yes, we have Jesus, and the bible says we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony but we can still get divine instructions. Even Jesus gave instructions to some of the people He healed. John 9:6-7 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. Hold on to Jesus no matter how hard it gets. Trust Him and let Him deliver you His way.