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The Gospel of Exodus: Misery, Deliverance, Gratitude (Barrett)

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Michael P. V. Barrett surveys Exodus, giving special attention to the theological message of this formative Old Testament book.

In doing so, he demonstrates that the real history of the exodus providentially serves as a paradigm of salvation.

Through the three main themes of misery, deliverance, and gratitude, Exodus reveals God’s power and faithfulness in keeping His covenant promise to deliver His people from the bondage of sin to the service of grace. Thus, it is pictorial prophecy of spiritual truths that find ultimate fulfillment in the person and work of Christ.

Reading The Gospel of Exodus will help you do more than learn key facts of the exodus. It will teach you why those facts matter and help you see the spiritual benefits God intends for us regarding our own need of grace.

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Table of Contents:

Part 1: The Facts of the Matter

Chapter 1: Exodus-A Paradigm of Salvation

Chapter 2: Exodus-Real History

Part 2: The Matter of the Facts


Chapter 3: Misery–The Need for Deliverance


Chapter 4: Deliverance: The Emancipator(s)

Excursus 1: Yahweh or Jehovah?

Chapter 5: Deliverance: The Reason

Chapter 6: Deliverance: The Means—Irresistible Power

Chapter 7: Deliverance: The Means—Substitutionary Sacrifice

Chapter 8: Deliverance: The Means—Faith

Chapter 9: Deliverance: The Emancipated

Excursus 2: The National Covenant

Chapter 10: Deliverance: The Destination


Chapter 11: Gratitude: The Principle

Chapter 12: Gratitude: The Decalogue—The Ethics of Thanks

Excursus 3: More Thoughts on the Sabbath

Chapter 13: Gratitude: The Book of the Covenant—The Extent of Ethics

Chapter 14: Gratitude: The Tabernacle—A Picture of Worship

Table: Diagram of the Tabernacle



Michael P. V. Barrett is vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, and professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



“Combining historical context, careful exegesis, and pastoral warmth, Dr. Michael Barrett delivers a practical and delightful study of the book of Exodus—brimming with salvific themes that highlight the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. I highly commend it!” — Brian Cosby, senior minister, Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and visiting professor of church history and pastoral theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta

“Dr. Michael Barrett’s whole-souled passion is to demonstrate that Christ is the theme of Scripture. His Christ-centered method, founded on the progress of God’s redemptive program revealed in the historically reliable Scriptures, is shown even in the title of his latest book, The Gospel of Exodus: Misery, Deliverance, Gratitude. Dr. Barrett has a knack for making difficult things simple. He clearly summarizes vast amounts of data and keeps the main issue before his readers. Most importantly, he lets the text speak so that we hear the voice of God. The Gospel of Exodus will help humble readers to see Christ on the pages of Exodus, leading them to worship and adoration. Careful study of his book also will help Christians learn to study the Bible for themselves!” — David B. McWilliams, senior pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida

“Three major theological themes structure the book of Exodus—misery, deliverance, and gratitude. As Dr. Barrett points out by appeal to the second question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism, these themes also provide the structure of God’s saving work in every human heart. Thus it is, by fidelity to the book of Exodus, that Dr. Barrett’s overview is rich in gospel truth without sacrificing attention to the peculiarities of the Exodus narrative. Admirably clear in argument and form and especially helpful in making New Testament connections, this is a volume no student of Exodus should overlook. The highest commendation I can give is to say that here you will find a faithful friend to help you love Exodus and, more, to help you love the God of Exodus—deliverance who has come to us in Jesus Christ.” — David Strain, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

“Dr. Barrett’s study of the gospel in Exodus is both thorough and lucid. He handles difficult issues with clarity and conviction. No stone is left unturned. This is a veritable feast of good things, and I cannot imagine preaching on Exodus without consulting these pages. Top shelf.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; chancellor’s professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; teaching fellow, Ligonier Ministries