The Testing of God’s People: Exodus and Luke -- By: Debbie Hunn

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 21:1 (Fall 2003)
Article: The Testing of God’s People: Exodus and Luke
Author: Debbie Hunn

The Testing of God’s People: Exodus and Luke

Debbie Hunn

Assistant Public Services Librarian
Dallas Theological Seminary
3909 Swiss Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75204

To the people of God, at different times and in various forms come the same tests. The three tests Israel underwent in Exodus 15–20 correspond to the three temptations Jesus endured in Luke 4 and to the temptations of the disciples in Luke 22. Testing preceded ministry. Testing disciplined Israel for the priesthood, established Jesus as the eternal high priest, and prepared the apostles to build the church. Although the classroom for testing assumes various forms at different times, testing teaches the same lessons to the people of God across the centuries.

Bible readers have long recognized some of the parallels between Exodus 16–20 and Luke 4:2–12. However, further echoes of these trials ring through Luke 4:15–44 and Luke 22:1–38 as well.

The Israelites’ Tests

Jesus’ Tests

Jesus’ Ministry

Tests and the Disciples

Exodus 16

Luke 4:2–4

Luke 4:38–44

Luke 22:1–23









The Exodus Tests

As Moses led Israel in the wilderness that God might test them (You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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