Among other things, the book of Exodus tells of God's miraculous rescue of his people from Egypt, the institution of Israel's greatest festival, the Passover, the provision of God's law, and the building of the tabernacle, which was the forerunner of the temple. In the New Testament there are many references made to the book of Exodus. An understanding of this exciting book will give us a better grasp of the attributes of God and of his wonderful plan of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this book, Michael Bentley provides a clear, organized exposition of Scripture. His down-to-earth style helps students of Scripture, both preachers and their congregations, to grasp the meaning of the text without unnecessary difficulty.
“This emphasis on doing exactly as the Lord commanded is placed here to show us that it is only when we obey God’s Word to the very best of our ability that we can be assured of his presence.” (Page 345)
“These verses give special emphasis to God’s love for his people and their need to be obedient to his commands and also to his holiness.” (Page 216)
“God’s people, generally, prefer to use all their talents almost exclusively in making money for themselves and their families, instead of using their God-given abilities to help others. Also how few churches there are who seem willing to work together with other congregations in love and unity! So many will only do so if they can be in charge, and everything is done according their wishes.” (Pages 342–343)
“These regulations, harsh as they may seem to us, are set down so that we can see how heinous sin is in God’s sight. Sin is so abhorrent to the Lord that it can only be dealt with by the shedding of the blood of an innocent victim. Jesus is ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29). He has redeemed us; he bought our pardon with this blood.” (Page 165)
“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Phil. 1:6). Those who may be fearful that the Lord will abandon them because they are weak and wayward need to remember that if he has set his love upon them then they can be sure that he will never leave them; he will never forsake them (Heb. 13:5).” (Page 219)
Michael Bentley has an ability to expound the biblical text with clarity and accuracy. He has a passion to make that exposition accessible and relevant to a wide constituency of Christian believers. The result here in this commentary on Exodus is a book that helps us make a profitable journey through this most powerful of stories. It is informative, incisive, and superb in application. It will be suggestive to the preacher and stimulating to the general reader.
—John Tindall, co-pastor of Chessington Evangelical Church, Surrey, England