Exodus Study (pt. 21)
So often, in the modern Western context of Christianity, we view the commandments in the book of Exodus only through the lens of individual salvation and getting into heaven.
This is a misreading of the biblical text.
The concern of Exodus, and the commandments within, is found in the final two paragraphs of the book, where the presence of God finally dwells within the community.
God dwelling with his people – what both the ancient Near Eastern culture and the Bible call redemption – is the ultimate goal of the entire bible.
So when we read the commandments in Exodus, it is essential to view them through the lens of building a community or society where the presence of God can dwell.
Most of the commandments in Exodus should be read and interpreted at the societal level, NOT the individual level.
The concern for the individual is only as far as we all, as individuals, participate in society as a whole and therefore have responsibilities toward society for how we conduct ourselves.
Today’s video will review the book of Exodus and then introduce this foundational concept of reading the commandments through the proper lens.
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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