Israel’s First Exodus

I just noticed something this morning that I hadn’t picked up on before. Throughout the Torah God repeatedly refers to himself as the one who brought Israel out of Egypt. This is the first commandment according to the Jewish division of the commandments: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of (הוֹצֵאתִיךָ) Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Exod. 20:2; Deut. 5:6) and it forms the foundation for the following commands. But Israel isn’t the first one that God said this to. He said it to Abraham as well: “I am the LORD, who brought you out of (הוֹצֵאתִיךָ) Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” (Gen. 15:7) Interestingly enough, he says this right after he tells Abraham that he’ll have an heir from his own bowels and that his seed will be as numerous as the stars. Israel was in Abraham’s bowels when God brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans. This is Israel’s first exodus.


4 thoughts on “Israel’s First Exodus

  1. That is an interesting observation and assuming a general unity of the Pentateuch it would seem intentional. Israel had been an exodus nation since their forefather Abraham.

  2. Nick,

    It is good you picked up on this; if this excites you, you’ll love biblical theology or redemptive-historical writings.

  3. Brian: Yup.

    Jeff: I have a couple of shelves worth of biblical theology books if that’s any indication of my interest in the subject/discipline.

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