The Symbolism of Exodus 

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Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. (Acts 13:16-17) 

The great 3rd Century biblical exegete Origen comments on the Exodus of Israel from Egypt and its relevance to Christians today: 

50650284943_3197683994_wThe symbolism of the escape from Egypt is of two kinds, as our predecessors have said, and as we ourselves have often repeated. When one is led from the darkness of error into the light of knowledge, one quits Egypt and goes into the desert.  … But the escape from Egypt also signifies… the souls abandoning the darkness of this world and taking its journey toward another world, sometimes referred to as ‘Abraham’s bosom’, sometimes as Paradise, sometimes by names known only to God, all of which, however, denote places or dwellings which give passage to the soul which believes in God to enable it to reach the river which makes glad the city of God and to enter into possession of the inheritance promised to the fathers.”   (GOSPEL MESSAGE AND HELLENISTIC CULTURE, p 467) 

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It is the day of resurrection! Let us be illumined for the feast! Pascha! The Pascha of the Lord! From death unto life, and from earth unto heaven has Christ our God led us! Singing the song of victory: Christ is risen from the dead! (First Ode of the Easter Canon).

Indeed, He is risen! 

 

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