This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Peter Coelho, Associate Rector.
Dear Christ Church,
I heard this comment earlier this week regarding our journey through the story of Exodus. How true it is! There is a richness and depth to this story, to the Gospel, and to the character of God Himself that seems bottomless.
As I’ve had the privilege to work through Exodus I’ve been struck by how God’s goodness is revealed in new depth with every page. Whether it’s the hearing of the Israelites’ cry, the responding to oppression and injustice, or the leading of His people in the wilderness (what we’ll be focusing on this week) God’s character is worth praising through the whole thing. He is shown to be a compassionate, just, powerful, and faithful God, wholly trustworthy and wholly praiseworthy.
Of course there are challenges in seeing his goodness through the Exodus story, it is a foreign book written long ago, and God’s ways are not our ways. But attending to the words of this story again has, for me, confirmed the richness of His goodness. This is especially the case when we see how this story of deliverance points us toward Jesus, the New Moses, leading a New Exodus. Page after page, theme after theme, foreshadows the coming of Christ the one who knows our suffering, who acts justly, who truly sets us free. And through Him we see the goodness of God with the greatest clarity, revealing depths of compassion, grace, justice and mercy beyond imagining.
My prayer is that each of us will have a sense, through the book of Exodus, that with Christ the news does keep getting better and better.
Ps. I’m looking forward to seeing you at our Memorial Day Picnic on Monday! See below for details.