Seven Old Testament Sentences – 3

Darrell Buchanan, September 19, 2021

First key sentence: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
Second key sentence: “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)

God is faithful to his promise and cares for Abraham’s extended family even as his descendants end up in Egyptian slavery and bondage due to famine (Genesis 47:11-31).

Rescue and redemption from slavery in Egypt comes through an event known as “the exodus” and a leader named Moses (Exodus 12:1–50).

This brings us to the third key sentence and it comes from God’s opening statement when he gives the law at Mt. Sinai (a.k.a. “The Ten Commandments”): “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Exodus 20:2).

When the people first arrive at Mt. Sinai (where they are formed into a nation), God announces that he has a purpose for the people whom he has redeemed from slavery and God’s purposes for Israel as a nation are part of his long-term future vision to bless all peoples and the whole earth (second key sentence).

They have been freed and redeemed from bondage because God has a mission for them (see Exodus 19:3-6).

Israel’s obedience to God’s law and faithfulness to the covenant is not a condition of their salvation.
God has already saved them and now calls for their response to that grace.
The law is the gift of God to people already redeemed so they can go on living within the sphere of God’s blessing.

Third key sentence underlines how God acts, God blesses, and then God asks us to respond.

It was when they were slaves in Egypt that God redeemed and rescued Israel.
It was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us as a demonstration of God’s love for us. (Romans 5:8)