We must admit that there are parts of the Old Testament that are difficult to understand, and parts that are downright strange. The section of Exodus we'll deal with this Sunday? it is just downright strange. But get beneath the surface, and we discover this breathtaking truth: The one, true God is a God of both justice and mercy. And His laws are meant to give us His heart. This Sunday, we'll look into the heart of the Father and discover they are not a harsh God who needs us to know the rules, but a God who knows our pain, who suffers with us, and who is unwilling that even one of his children should be left behind.