Exodus; Matthew 13
The first sermon in our 23 week series Setting the Table - exploring the narrative of Scripture.
Our first week: Exodus.
Exodus? The first book?
Well, yes, and no. No; because there are stories to tell that pre-date the exodus, but yes; because in many ways this is where the story really starts.
The story begins with a people in slavery, a whole nation of people being treated as machines. The story begins with a people who have lost all hope, who are desperately crying out for rescue; the story begins in Egypt.
But Egypt isn’t the whole story, because when all seems lost, when it seems most hopeless; God enters the story. And everything changes.
God declares: “I have heard the cry” - a God who hears the cry of the oppressed.