The Parable of Exodus

The story of Exodus has been preserved and handed down for nearly 3,000 years. Not very many stories can make that claim. Whether or not we accept its historical accuracy, this must be a remarkable tale indeed to survive for so long across so many different eras. It must speak to us in some very powerful ways. It must address the human condition in a manner so fundamental that it rings true for people of all different backgrounds down through the ages.

In the New Testament, much of the wisdom taught by Jesus comes in the form of parables—tales that appear rather simple and straightforward on the surface, but which, when explored more deeply, open up to reveal profound spiritual insights. The beauty of the parable as a teaching device is that it engages us at our current level of understanding, yet beckons us to go deeper. It doesn’t offer pat answers and easy explanations. It tickles our curiosity. It entices us to think and then think some more about the story we’ve just heard. In this way, parables encourage us to become seekers of a deeper, hidden truth.

I believe that the story of Exodus is a parable on a grand scale. Therefore, whether you’re barely familiar with the book of Exodus or can cite it chapter and verse, it will prove well worth your while to revisit Moses, Pharaoh, and the Hebrews and live their journey again. Exodus holds secret wisdom that can be yours. It can transform you at the deepest levels of your being—if you understand how and where to look.