(The following is part of a collaboration between Mindi Oaten and Elaine Knudtson in God’s Garden of Grace. It is a creative response to the scriptures. https://www.mindioaten.com/blogs/mindi-oaten-art-blog)

By Elaine Knudtson

Painting “The Anointed Deliverer” by Mindi Oaten

Exodus is a record of seminal events in Israel’s history leading to the deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt and the establishment of God’s covenant on Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.  With Moses as the central figure, God demonstrates his faithfulness to the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as he prepares them to enter the promised land.  His saving power on behalf of the people of Israel is revealed in the plagues of Egypt and the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea.  Redemption is evident in the Passover narrative as God saves the firstborn Israelites through the sprinkling of the blood of an unblemished lamb on the door frames. Standing between the rebelliousness of the Israelites and the holiness of God, Moses mitigates God’s wrath by appealing to His mercy.  The glory of the Lord fills the tabernacle, built to worship and honor his presence in the fire and cloud, as he leads his people.

“Our Deliverer”

By Elaine Knudtson

Fostered in Pharaoh’s household, Moses emerges;

drawn out of water, tested in the wilderness, called by fire.

His people groan under Egypt’s yoke, awaiting salvation.

The staff of the Lord prevails, executing judgment through pestilence and plagues.

Redemption secured through the blood of the Passover lamb,

the children of Israel flee captivity through the baptismal waters of the Red Sea.

Protected by a pillar of fire, guided by a cloud, Moses encounters the glory of the Lord on Mount Sinai. 

Transfigured into lawgiver, judge, intercessor, and deliverer,

He descends, entrusted with the law and commandments.  

Enraged by idols conjured in his absence,

Moses smashes tablets and sentences apostates.

Chastened and forewarned, the faithful renew their commitment

to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, erecting a tabernacle,

anointed with the oil of obedience and wrapped in fine linen.

From eternity, behind the veil, our deliverer waits:

Jesus the Lamb of God.

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Paul was a preacher and teacher until he retired in 2015. He continues to write and listen to what God is saying to him in the ordinary and extraordinary things of life. Elaine was a public school teacher and administrator until she retired in 2018. She is using her retirement to reflect on God's work in her life and to share insights with her family and friends.

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