The four expressions of redemption

By Pastor Ray Barnett

Exodus 6 – 6, 7

“Therefore, say to the children of Israel: I am YHWH, and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgements. I shall take you to me for a people and I shall be a Elohim to you; and you shall know that I am YHWH your Elohim, who takes you out from under the burdens of Egypt.”

This portion of Exodus is where YHWH assures Moses that redemption is at hand. In these verses He brings forth the four expressions of redemption. These four expressions are the basis of the 4 cups on the Passover Seder table.

The Expressions are:

1. “I shall take you out” YHWH would remove the Israelites from the burdens of slavery.

2. “I shall rescue you” YHWH promises to rescue them from the slavery of Egypt.

3. “I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm” This alludes to the splitting of the Red Sea, this miracle redeemed the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. Up until the parting of the sea the Israelites feared the Egyptians could drag them back to slavery. But when the waters closed, the Israelites saw their fears drowned.

4. “I shall take you to me for a people” YHWH took the Israelites as His people when He gave them the Torah at Sinai. The giving of the Torah was the climax and the purpose of the Exodus.

Each person that wishes to leave the Egypt in their own life can go through these four expressions. First, one must realize that only He can take you out. One cannot take one’s self out. But trusting Him, one gains the faith necessary to begin breaking the bonds of Egypt. Secondly, He will redeem a person through a miracle just as the parting of the sea. Thirdly, He will rescue one from whatever situation one finds themself in just as He rescued the Israelites from their bondage. Fourth, He will take you as one of His people. He will graft you into the Olive Tree and you will be fed by the root stock; just as He took the Israelites at Sinai when He gave them His Torah. We now have the Living Torah, the Messiah. Through Him, we are grafted in to the House of Israel.

May YHWH bless you and keep you,

May YHWH make His face shine on you and show you His favor,

May YHWH lift up His face toward you and give you Shalom.

By Pastor Ray Barnett

The writer is the pastor at House of Blessed Hope Assembly in Sidney.

The writer is the pastor at House of Blessed Hope Assembly in Sidney.