Each of the central themes of the Exodus — redemption (by the Passover lamb), liberation (from Egyptian bondage), rebirth (new life at Springtime), and removal of leaven (symbolic of the fermentation of sin) — has a spiritual counterpart in the individual who relives the story. The retelling invites us to identify the Pharaoh’s in our lives that have enslaved us, to remember the ways that God has redeemed us and liberated us from bondage, to focus upon the ongoing experience of spiritual rebirth, and remove the leaven of sinful pride from our lives. -Richard Davidson
Richard M Davidson is a J. N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has been with the Andrews faculty since 1979. Davidson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Loma Linda University, a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He has presented scores of scholarly papers and written numerous articles, which may be viewed on his website at www.andrews.academia.edu/RichardDavidson. A Love Song for the Sabbath and In the Footsteps of Joshua are two of several books he has authored or co-authored. He is married to Jo Ann Mazat Davidson. They have two children, daughter Rahel and son Jonathan. Davidson enjoys sharing the Word of God and helping to make it come alive in people’s lives, as well as outdoor activities such as backpacking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, and tennis.