Exodus Study (pt. 24)
In today's lesson, we explore the structure of the final fifteen chapters of Exodus and look at how the concept of creation or re-creation is woven into the narrative.
We mentioned in our previous lesson that the final chapters in Exodus are written in a Chiastic structure.
A Chiasm – which gets its name from the Greek letter chi – is a method of helping the reader or listener focus their attention on the main idea that the author intends to convey.
Tonight, we take a closer look at this chiastic structure and what the author of Exodus intends as the turning point.
Within this structure, we find something interesting – creation itself is being revisited.
Building the tabernacle is creating a space for the presence of God to dwell with the Israelites. In this sense, it mimics creation as a dwelling place for God's presence and his people.
As we follow Exodus to its close, we see a motif of renewal, rebirth, or recreation.
God and his people are back together – stepping forthrightly into the future.
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