The greek word translated "departure" here is "exodos." This word is used as a title for the second book of the Old Testament by the Septuagint. It literally means, "the way out." Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus about the significance of His death and resurrection. In the first Exodus, God used Moses to lead His people through death in the Red Sea to life in the promised land. The greater Exodus occured when Jesus led God's people through death itself in Baptism into eternal life in Heaven.
This note was written by Rev. Robert E. Smith in 1994 for Project Wittenberg and was placed by him in the public domain.
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