The story of deliverance is found in the rest of the Torah (Exodus through Deuteronomy). This story tells how Yahweh came to the descendants of Abraham and saved them, through the exodus, from their slavery to Egypt. The exodus not only became the most significant moment in Israel's history but also foreshadowed the coming of Christ and His work of redemption through the cross. After Yahweh's deliverance of Israel, He established them as a nation belonging to Him; gave them the Law, which revealed how they were to relate to him and others; and gave them a land of their own, fulfilling the first three blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant (see the Chronology of the Torah Chart).

Despite all of this, however, Israel continued to desire the life of Egypt and the gods served there (Ex. 32:1-14) and would even become seduced by Ba'al, the god of the Canaanites (Num. 25:1-18). They continued to complain and rebel against Yahweh, their rebellion reaching its climax with the golden calf worship (Ex. 32-33). Later their rebellion would bring the judgment of wandering in the wilderness until they died, due to their lack of faith in Yahweh's ability to give them the land of Canaan as an inheritance (Num. 13-14). Despite all of this, Yahweh stayed with them, disciplined them, and continued to guide, protect, and bless them. In the end He would bring a new generation of Israelites into the land of Canaan.